Education and Professional Development - Masters (M.Ed) (Part-Time)

Level 7 - Postgraduate Study or NVQ Level 7 or Equivalent

Subject Area Teaching

Attendance Part-Time


The Masters in Education and Professional Development programme provides a vital progression route for professionals working in the sector.

The M Ed Education and Professional Development allows education professionals to develop in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of educational research and policy, to apply principled approaches to researching professional environments and to advance their professional practice.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Teaching Development Centre, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This flexible Masters programme is designed to appeal to different cohorts of professionals working within the sector, including:

  • Teaching staff across all curriculum areas who work in the lifelong learning sector in either a full or part time role
  • Staff working in service or support areas e.g. HR, finance, quality etc
  • Managers and those aspiring to a management or leadership role within educational settings.


Qualification Gained

Successful graduates from the programme will receive the Masters in Education and Professional Development.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.



Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

The part-time route is completed over two academic years and the programme is modular in structure. The six modules and the credit points for each are outlined below.

Year 1

  • Educational Theories and Perspectives (20)
  • Educational Enquiry (40)
  • Elective 1 (20) 

Year 2

  • Elective 2 (20)
  • Researching a Professional Environment (60)
  • Elective 3 (20) 

Elective modules:

Students on the Masters programme choose three elective modules to allow them to tailor the programme to their own research interests and professional goals.

  • Leadership in Education Environments
  • Exploring the role of management in Education Environments
  • International Perspectives on Literacy, Language and Numeracy
  • Implementing Policy in Education Environments
  • The Teaching Professional
  • Advancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • The English Language Teaching Professional

Learning Methods

The philosophy of the programme is based upon the importance of active learning and the professional educational experience each learner brings to it.

Each module will be delivered utilising a wide range of learning and teaching methods.

Theoretical ideas and concepts which underpin Masters level study will be explored in seminars and tutorials so that their relevance and application in the workplace can be identified.

As part of the programme, students will be supported in developing the academic skills of researching and critically evaluating primary and secondary data, communicating complex and potentially conflicting ideas using structured and coherent arguments in both written and spoken discourse.

At this level, we will encourage students to develop self-direction in tackling and solving problems which relate to their role within education.

Assessment Methods

A contextualised assessment strategy and schedule is published for students in course handbooks.

This strategy will draw upon a wide variety of formative and summative assessments which will include:

  • critiques
  • research proposals
  • research-based assignments
  • seminars
  • case studies
  • action-research projects
  • critical analyses
  • reflective accounts
  • presentations.

The module assessments are intended to develop the students’ practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of their subject and of education contexts.

Progression Opportunities

Graduates from the Masters in Education and Professional Development are liklely to commence doctorate level study or and will be equipped to engage in research activity in the sector.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this post graduate level qualification have progressed into a range management and leadership roles in education settings, including leadership of teaching and learning and HE teaching and management roles.

Other graduates may choose to focus on the advancement of teaching and learning through advanced practitioner or teacher education roles.

Entry Requirements

This is a post-graduate qualification and we would expect all applicants to hold an honours degree in an appropriate area or substantive experience which has been assessed as equivalent.

Some applicants will also hold a teaching qualification at level 6 or 7.

All candidates will be assessed on their readiness to work at Level 7.

All potential students are interviewed, are given an assessment task and given advice and guidance on their suitability for the course with appropriate access routes identified.

Applicants who have already achieved a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education with 60 credits at Level 7 may be able to claim credit for a maximum of 40 credit points
  • DELTA qualification with 60 credits at Level 7 may be able to claim credit for a maximum of 40 credit points

Other claims for previous learning and experience will be assessed at initial interview, and advice provided as to appropriate route.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.