Professional Practice with PGDE MEd

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The MEd in Professional Practice is taken after you have completed your Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Glasgow and wish to complete the remaining credits in order to gain a Masters qualification.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • As a new teacher stating out in your career, this programme will develop an ability to be critically-reflective and explore your own practice in order to improve it.
  • It will also provide guidance into the ethical practice habits you need to embed into your own teaching.
  • You will study the programme on a part-time basis in order to fit in with workplace demands. It will be delivered using our online platform, Moodle, and is suitable for international candidates.

Programme structure

This extension programme to the PGDE is delivered online with tutor and peer support on a part-time basis, comprising one taught course (Practitioner enquiry and decision making) and a professional practice dissertation, in order to fit in with workplace demands. You have five years from starting your PGDE study to complete this degree. There will also be face to face days (international students can participate via Skype).

Professional enquiry and decision making

  • 16 September 2017, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • 11 November 2017, 9.30am - 12.30pm

What our students say

Eileen Baillie, UK

'I graduated from University of Glasgow in 2011 after completing the PGDE (English). I had offers from other universities but chose Glasgow because I wanted an internationally recognised qualification which would position me favourably in a competitive international job market. Graduating in June, I was offered my first job in Brisbane, Australia in July. The excellent preparation I had at Glasgow has allowed me to shine in my field. In 2015 I was offered the position of Head of Department. I love my job and the opportunities it has given me and I have found that my knowledge, skills and qualifications are well respected and highly valued here in Australia. I highly recommend the University of Glasgow to anyone who may consider teaching abroad as part of their career.'

Neil Penney, Canada

'In an extremely competitive job market, it is important to differentiate yourself from other candidates. The PGDE at the University of Glasgow has allowed me just that. The programme endowed me with a greater understanding and appreciation for teaching in the 21st Century and (via the supportive and knowledgeable staff) afforded me the skill and confidence to guide students toward the achievement of their academic goals. Multiple articles have listed Canada as one of the most difficult places for a teacher to secure employment. This is unequivocally true, as I know many people who have decided to ‘try elsewhere’. However, that has not stopped me securing positions here. Shortly after my graduation from the PGDE programme, I was hired. My current post is a grade eight (S2) class at a local school where I teach everything from science to English, and it is as challenging as it is rewarding. I encourage you to take full advantage of the staff, resources and programming on offer to you in your journey toward becoming a teacher, role model and support structure for future generations.'

Background and aims

This degree was introduced to provide participants with the opportunity to complete their Masters qualification. The programme is designed for practising teachers to extend, develop and enhance their professional practice through practitioner enquiry. The programme is delivered online and is available to home and international students.

Who is the programme for?
The programme is for teachers who have completed their PGDE at the University of Glasgow and wish to complete the remaining credits in order to gain a Masters qualification. You must complete the MEd within 5 years of having started your PGDE.

What will you get from this programme?
As a new teacher starting out in their career this programme will develop the critically reflective professional enquiry necessary for you to explore your own practice in order to improve it. It will also provide guidance into the ethical practice habits you need to embed into your own practice. The programme is part time basis in order to fit into the workplace demands. It will be delivered using the online platform Moodle, and is suitable for overseas candidates.

The programme is offered over two courses, Professional Enquiry and Decision Making (30 credits at Masters level) and Practitioner Enquiry Project Dissertation (60 credits at Masters level).

Glasgow Graduates’ Scholarships are available to all Alumni of the University of Glasgow (including Junior Year Abroad and Exchange Students) who wish to continue with Postgraduate studies. The scholarships are open to students who are fully self-funded and students can only be in receipt of one scholarship at a time. Part-time scholarships will be valid for the expected length of the programme.

Career prospects

The majority of our graduates will pursue teaching roles in primary and secondary schools.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed the PGDE from the University of Glasgow.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18


Home and EU part-time fees - £321 per 20 Credits

International part-time fees - £7455 per 90 Credits

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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