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Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership) MEd

Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership) MEd

Key information

Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Education Research Teaching (General) Leadership

Course type


Course Summary

The Practitioner Enquiry MEd offers teachers, school leaders and other educators the means to engage in enquiry and research related to their own practices and contexts. Practitioner enquiry is associated with school improvement, teachers' professional development and educational innovation.

There is a general pathway and a leadership pathway – the latter requires you to focus on modules and a dissertation related to educational leadership and management.

Course participants come from across educational phases (early years to HE) and between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and universities, and educational consultancies). This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders.

The courses encourage you to take a practical and informed approach to the 'plan, do, review' cycle, and helps you to become more critically reflective to develop approaches rooted in evidence.

You will complete taught modules, to suit your interests and complement your career progression. There are also specific modules designed to support early career and leadership progression. In each module, appropriate professional learning is based on exploring the links between practice, theory and research.


Most students complete these part time courses over three years, although some enter with PGCE (or other) Masters level credits and can complete more quickly. It is recommended that you complete 60 credits per year.

Modules are selected according to your professional development interests. They are taught in a number of ways to accommodate part-time study. For example some are taught on Saturdays, some during half-term holidays, and some are scheduled for afternoons and evenings.

Teaching is fairly intense, and the learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace.

Assessed work requires you to use both reflective and enquiry-based techniques in your own professional context to construct a portfolio.

The final year is the dissertation, which is supported by supervision. It provides an opportunity for you to conduct bespoke research related to your professional and academic interests.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


36 months

Start date



• To enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a selected educational topic • To enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of their selected topic through a practitioner enquiry research approach by devising and conducting an original investigation • To provide students with the opportunity both to extend their repertoire of methodological skills and demonstrate a capacity for critical reflexivity • To heighten students’ awareness of the dilemmas encountered when undertaking educational research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in any subject and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or international equivalent. You need to be able to undertake this course whilst working in a professional context. If you have successfully completed a masters level initial teacher education course you may use your credits as the basis for the MEd Practitioner Enquiry. We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have professional experience in an education-related setting.