This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by January 2023 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MEd Professional Development in Education (Online)

Are you a qualified teacher, lecturer or other education professional wishing to improve your professional practice and gain access to higher levels of responsibility at work? This online postgraduate course offers highly valued skills and knowledge in a range of relevant areas.

Professional Development in Education (Online)

Key information

Award:

MEd

Mode of Study:

Full-time Distance Learning

Duration:

12 months

Location:

University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Education is fundamental to the future of our young people and the success of our economy. The need for highly trained, passionate and multi-skilled educationalists has never been greater. Aimed at existing education professionals, this distance learning course allows you to tailor your studies to meet your individual professional development needs. With a choice of modules covering key areas in education, you can access the knowledge required to achieve higher levels of responsibility and greater satisfaction in your work.

We aim to help you develop an enhanced and critical awareness of current key issues in the education sector, as well as your knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories that underpin best practice in education. As well as reflecting on your own professional practice, we'll encourage and guide you in formulating creative solutions to complex educational problems.

Our highly experienced and research-active team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent master's-level project. You'll also have the chance to develop enhanced key skills in line with your personal and professional development needs; for instance, team working and leadership, problem-solving, autonomy and professional accountability.

Highlights
  • This flexible course allows you to choose modules that match your professional development needs.
  • Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – sharing the individual and unique educational insights and perspectives of your peers help to enrich your learning experience.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • You can explore the diversity of educational practice and learn how to balance subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional best practice with creativity and originality in your own classroom and organisation.
  • Intensive use of learning technologies and multimedia resources, such as virtual learning environments and eLearning tools, enhance your ICT skills and raise your awareness of resources from across the educational spectrum.
Key Features
  • Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts offer online support in group and one-to-one settings.
  • We embed the concepts and practice of inter-professional working throughout the programme.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • Our well-stocked library offers a comprehensive selection of relevant texts and access to an extensive online database of multimedia sources including eJournals, podcasts, vodcasts and eBooks.

  • Normally, you'll have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, and appropriate work experience.
  • An initial qualification in teaching, if this is not formally part of your first degree, is desirable. Experience in the education sector is strongly advised because you'll need to reflect critically on your experience and relate theory to practice.
  • Your application form must be accompanied by a 250-word reflective statement. Your statement should include information about your professional teaching experience and the area(s) you wish to research during your master's-level project.
  • Two references highlighting your potential to produce master's level (level 7) academic work will be required. In particular, we need information about your professional teaching experience, so please encourage your referees to provide this information if they can.
  • We may wish to interview you as part of the application process. This may be over the telephone or via video conferencing.
  • The dissertation module, EDM7070, offers course members the opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation of an educational topic or issue that is of particular interest and relevance to their professional work and development. It is crucial that you have access to a person, or persons, who will act as participants for the research.
  • As this is an online course, you'll need access to a computer with the appropriate software and accessories, including a webcam, microphone and a sufficient broadband connection. You'll also need basic IT skills. In particular, you'll need to be able to access and use the University of Bolton's virtual learning environment, Moodle. Please contact the programme leader for details if you are uncertain that you'll be able to meet these requirements.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The University of Bolton's online MEd Professional Development in Education course is an advanced course that focuses on the professional development needs of experienced educationalists. This course supports you in developing a range of in-depth skills that are valuable in many management and senior roles in education.

A master's course at the University of Bolton will also help you to develop a range of career-enhancing skills in addition to your subject-specific knowledge and understanding. These include interpersonal skills, research skills, oral and written skills, independent working, and time management skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

This is a generic master's award suitable for anyone with a wide-ranging interest in education. It focuses on preparing you to manage and lead programme development and engage with pedagogical research. Successfully completing this course will support your career progression. You may pursue opportunities as a director and senior leader in teaching and learning organisations, such as higher education, further education, and schools, as well as in the lifelong learning sector.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some of these careers include:

  • Non profit organisations
  • Social work
  • Educational specialist
  • Curriculum sales
  • Education policy development
  • Private school consultation
  • Corporate training

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk


This course is designed to help you develop and build on your current knowledge and experience as an education practitioner. Experience and practice underpinned by informed research are valued and drawn upon throughout.

We'll use a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies in this course. These may include lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, collaborative discussion and group work, debates and tutorials. You can also expect a range of assessment methods, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios and coursework. Your learning journey will be supported by the intensive use of technology and multimedia resources.

Personal and independent study is essential, and you should expect to devote a significant amount of time to the course.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Scott Threlfall
Senior Lecturer

S.Threlfall@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903586

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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