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PGCert, PGDip and MA in Professional Education Practice

Enhance your teaching expertise. Understand how you can teach more effectively to promote student learning.

Innovative and flexible distance-learning available from anywhere in the world

Entry requirements

A degree or an equivalent professional or non-standard award and/or appropriate and relevant experience.

For international students IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required.

Entry to the programme is flexible with three entry points each year; typically January, May and September.

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Duration 24 months flexible part-time distance learning

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Course Summary

This innovative distance-learning programme is the perfect qualification for lecturers, tutors, trainers, demonstrators and anyone involved with learning and teaching in a college, academy, commercial training or university environment. The programme has been designed by an award-winning team; you will study a variety of highly-relevant subject areas that will enhance your professional practice, improve your career opportunities, and deliver great value to both you and your workplace. There is no need to come to Plymouth to study this course, with all your learning resources delivered through Plymouth Marjon University’s flexible learning app, along with full tutor support from the Marjon academic team.

This course enables you to:

  • Understand how you can teach more effectively to promote student learning
  • Develop new skills in designing and delivering online and e-learning.
  • Complete an in-depth research project relevant to your workplace or personal interests.

The programme enables all students to enrol and participate fully from anywhere in the world using your phone, tablet or computer. You’ll be able to share your learning experiences with other Marjon students and your tutor through online discussion forums and activities. You'll also have access to high quality learning resources, including access to the University’s extensive digital library.

Every student has a personal tutor, who is on hand to help with any questions or concerns that you may have. Your tutor will guide you through your studies, and will provide you with detailed feedback as you progress through the course. There will be collaborative learning opportunities with your tutor and fellow students throughout the course.

The course is designed to fit around your job and your other commitments. Each module takes three months to complete and you can proceed at your own pace, working towards the module assessment date. You should allow between 12-15 hours each week to devote to study during term times, but this could be at weekends or during the evenings.

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MA Professional Education Practice. Distance Learning at Marjon.

Dr. Lynne Wyness: Our new distance learning master's program in professional education practice might be the next step in your professional development that you're looking for. Perhaps you're a new teacher, trainer, or an educator working in a university or college, maybe in an academy or a professional training context. Maybe you want to understand the basic principles behind good teaching, so you can improve your practice. Perhaps you're interested in how educational research can help you, help your students get better results. Whatever your motivation if you want to enhance your impact as a teacher and to support your organization to deliver the very best learning experiences for students, then this program might be for you.

At Marjon we understand that learning online requires us to take a different approach to our teaching. We want you to become independent learners so we've carefully structured this program in two ways. Firstly, we'll anchor your learning in the underpinning principles and theories of education before secondly, exploring ways in which you can design and deliver your teaching to promote high quality educational experiences for your learners.

You'll be learning with students from around the world, sharing your ideas, solving problems with them on the virtual learning environment. We'll give you opportunities to develop key skills, reflective practice, critical thinking, evidence informed teaching strategies and coaching and mentoring techniques that will take your teaching to the next level. Towards the end of the masters you'll conduct a research project that addresses a professional teaching dilemma that you have, or problem that your organization is facing. You'll evaluate and critically analyze the evidence and write recommendations for how this might resolve the issue. So this inquiry project can have real value, not only improving your teaching practice, but also affecting change in your organisation.

You'll learn entirely online from high quality videos and reading materials, accessed via our virtual learning environments. And you can expect personalized support from expert tutors. There won't be any exams instead, we'll assess you on your ability to take your learning from the course, reflect on it and apply it to your professional teaching practice. Entry requirements are flexible, but if you haven't studied for a while, then we've got a short access course that can help you develop those academic skills that you'll need to get the most out of your masters.

We're passionate about education at Marjon and we'd love to share that with you. If you have any questions at all, please get in touch.

Why this course at Marjon?

A flexible distance-learning schedule that supports the needs of busy professionals.

All learning materials are provided and are accessible on your mobile device.

Learn at your own pace.

Outstanding tutor support from your personal tutor and expert lecturers in professional education.

A clear structure of learning through core modules with opportunities to apply your learning to your own professional practice.

We've been training teachers since 1838 so we understand education. Become a better educator with us.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How can I enhance my subject and practice expertise in teaching in a variety of educational contexts?

How can I best teach students with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and expectations?

How can I develop my knowledge and practice, and enhance my professional skills?

Which theories of teaching and learning best facilitate my students’ learning?

How do I develop new skills and pedagogical approaches in different educational contexts?

How can I innovate and facilitate change in my professional education setting?

What might you become?

In general terms, a Masters’ degree can enable career progression in a highly competitive market place and promote career mobility. Holders of a Masters’ degree can expect to demonstrate flexible and transferable skills such as high levels of initiative, leadership of learning, and mastery of a subject area. Marjon graduates go on to progress their careers as teachers, lecturers, and educational leaders in a variety of educational settings, including colleges, universities, technical academies, training centres, and in vocational education.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

We'll first introduce you to the core principles of learning and teaching, and examine a range of teaching methods and techniques, including assessment, marking and feedback. You will progress to looking at the principles and good practice of designing and delivering effective educational experiences online and will complete your own online learning design project. The second stage examines educational cultures and strategies in various global contexts and how to create and effective and inclusive learning culture in the classroom. It also helps you to develop practical skills associated with coaching and mentoring. Finally you'll work on an applied research project examining an educational issue of interest to you or based in your workplace.
Dr Richard Thain - Director of Learning Solutions and Innovation


1st Year

Insights into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Explore the foundations of education, learning, and teaching, apply theories of learning to your own practice, and begin to build your professional teacher’s toolkit.
Learning and Teaching Online
Develop theoretical and practical skills in learning and teaching online - and gain valuable insights into the online learning revolution. Reflect on which models of online learning are best suited to your own education context and explore key principles and good practice in designing effective online learning experiences.
Culture, Community and Curriculum
Investigate the nature of education in a broader context. From your local community to global trends in education, gain insights into the diverse cultural aspects that influence your practice. Add an appreciation of future-facing curricular frameworks and pedagogies to your teaching toolkit, and help to equip your students for living and working in a complex and uncertain future.
Coaching and Mentoring in Educational Contexts
Learn and practice theories and techniques of coaching and mentoring, and apply them to your professional practice to promote the learning and personal development of your students and colleagues
Project: Professional Practice Enquiry
Conduct an in-depth, applied, and independent project - identify an emerging problem or research question within your professional practice or workplace, and gather, critique, and evaluate relevant evidence. Develop recommendations and guidelines to promote change in your future practice and organisation.
Access to Professional Education Practice
This is an optional 8 week introductory module which you may wish to start with. This does not give you a qualification but is suitable for those who may have been out of formal education for some time.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £3,500 for Postgraduate Certificate ; £7,000 for Postgraduate Diploma or £8,250 for Master's degree

Fees for International students: £3,500 for Postgraduate Certificate ; £7,000 for Postgraduate Diploma or £8,250 for Master's degree

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The programme is delivered entirely online. The taught component of this programme is carefully structured to facilitate your ability to learn flexibly and independently, and you will learn through a structured series of online lectures, webinars, tutorials, core and recommended reading, websites, and videos. Each student is assigned a tutor who will be available throughout the course to guide you through the teaching and learning materials and provide advice and feedback on assessments.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed in several ways including essays, reports, presentations, reflective writing, and engagement with peers. There are no written exams on this programme. There is a fixed assessment date at the end of each module.

Course leader

Dr Lynne Wyness

Lynne has 25 years of teaching experience in secondary, further and higher education and, in recent years, has worked with professional university-based teachers to develop their educational practice. She has managed a pedagogic research programme and helped colleagues from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to develop their own research projects to promote change within their educational contexts.

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More information

  • For a full Master’s degree, you will need to study four modules followed by an applied research project.
  • You can graduate with other successful students at Plymouth Marjon University's main graduation, or at an online ceremony.


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