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Masters Project in Academic Practice EDUC5993

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Learning Enhancement and Acad Dev Service
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an opportunity to investigate a relevant area of higher education, with the aim to inform, enhance, and disseminate the participants' academic practice.


Monthly / 6-weekly individual supervision either face to face or via Skype or an equivalent technology mutually agreed between supervisor and student.

Requirements of Entry

120 credits from the MEd Academic Practice programme at the required GPA for progression to independent project.

Excluded Courses





Assessment is specific to the individual and requires a dissertation or other output, such as an artefact or substantial academic intervention/development. If your output is in dissertation format, you will prepare a 12000 to 15000 word Masters project, or equivalent. Regardless of output type, the Masters project should demonstrate sustained and rigorous enquiry in an area of academic practice in higher education relevant to your individual academic practice as well as potential value to the broader higher education community.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an opportunity to investigate an area of higher education that is relevant to the participants' own academic practice. It is intended that during the Masters project the participants focus in-depth on an area of their own practice for the enhancement of academic practice in higher education, and disseminate their understanding to the wider academic community.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course you should be able to:

1. plan and execute a substantial enquiry that investigates a relevant area of your academic practice;

2. produce an appropriate output, discuss the outcomes and outline the implications for your own practice resulting from this enquiry;

3. critically evaluate literature relevant to your enquiry and make connections between this literature and your own enquiry; and

4. synthesise key lessons from your enquiry for your own practice and for the wider higher education community.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.