This programme offers the opportunity to gain a GTCS recognised qualification in Mindfulness through practice, reflection and training.

This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.

Mindfulness is an innate capacity of the mind to be aware of the present moment in a non-judgemental way. It enables us to access inner resources for coping effectively with stress, difficulty and illness. This promotes a way of being that helps us to take better care of ourselves and lead healthier lives.

Mindfulness Professional Recognition is delivered in partnership with the Mindfulness in Schools Project, The Mindfulness Association and Youth Mindfulness. These partners will deliver mindfulness training before you undertake at 6 month practice and reflection project, assessed through reflective and academic writing.

In addition to the professional recognition from the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS), you will be awarded 30 credits at masters level which can be used towards a flexible route to Masters in Education.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Location of Study

What You'll Study

The programme involves a four stage process:

  • Personal Mindfulness training: through an approved provider
  • Mindfulness practice and reflection (6 months): assessed through reflective and academic writing
  • Mindfulness teacher training: through an approved provider
  • Continuous professional development: specific professional development opportunities will be provided an a strategy for CPD will be included in your final portfolio

On completion of all four stages participants will create and submit a portfolio for assessment and accreditation. Accreditation will take place in June of each year.

Please contact for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

As a blended learning programme this module is delivered through:

  • Face to face mindfulness training
  • Online seminars
  • Online discussion forum

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Individual Projects
  • Peer Learning
  • Seminars

Assessment Methods

A completed portfolio will be required for assessment.

Why Study Mindfulness Professional Recognition?

Key Features

  • GTCS Professional Recognition in Mindfulness
  • Continuing your professional development
  • Learning to teach Mindfulness in accordance with the guidelines of the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers
  • Integrating Mindfulness into your professional practice

Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for GTCS registered teachers therefore a current teaching qualification is required.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

An undergraduate degree (Hons 2.2 or better) is a normal requirement, including a teaching qualification, either PGDE or MA Education.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees will be charged as per Postgraduate Taught Modular Fee Programmes. Students are expected to undertake 30 credits.

Please note below that there are two fee rates : Home / EU / RUK and International. Your fee classification will be determined upon submission of an application.

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

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There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Professional Links

Visit the GTCS Professional Recognition website for more information.

You can find more information about our partner organisations at:

Youth Mindfulness

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness Association


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Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA