Taught course

Professional Practice in Higher Education

Bath Spa University · Bath Spa University

Entry requirements

You’ll normally be required to possess an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education institution, or an equivalent qualification from overseas. Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree, or equivalent professional qualification, but who have at least two years of work experience relevant to the programme are also welcome to apply, and will be invited to attend an admissions interview.

If you already hold a qualification such as a PGCert in HE (learning and teaching or academic practice), the course can build on this towards a higher qualification. For more information please contact our admissions team or telephone 01225 876180.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Opportunities for accredited professional development designed to meet the needs of those working in higher education contexts.
  • Undertake professional development at your own pace. We offer flexible patterns of enrolment, course delivery and credit accumulation.
  • Learning activities and assessment tasks have a practical orientation and can be tailored to reflect the needs of your work environment.
The Professional Practice in Higher Education (PPHE) programme will help you, as a staff member or research student, to meet the key challenges of working in the rapidly changing world of higher education.
These challenges – of teaching, supporting student learning, employability, sustainability, new technologies, team management, enterprise, quality assurance and external accountability – range across the whole business of higher education, and can rarely be addressed in isolation. They raise many questions about how best to enhance teaching and research within particular contexts, and about how managers and administrators can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current practices, not least in terms of addressing students’ needs and aspirations, enriching their learning experiences, and raising the enduring value of their learning outcomes. By sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise about our professional practices we can both deepen our understanding of the challenges we face, and realise opportunities to make improvements through innovations and the adoption of best practices.
This course is a flexible master’s level programme designed to support continued professional development, with the possibility of both intermediate qualifications and external (HEA) accredited status (for those teaching in HE) as the relevant modules wouldn’t be possible for everyone. As a participant you would choose module options and the focus for project work based on your role and interests as you develop your professional practice.
The PPHE programme is designed to support the development of both academic and professional staff, teaching, managing or supporting HE students, at a time when evidence of professional development is increasingly expected of all staff, not least for new appointments and promotions.
Some of the modules are accredited with the Higher Education Academy and there is thus the opportunity, if a participant’s professional practice entails appropriate responsibilities, to gain Associate/Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (A/FHEA), a nationally transferable professional status.
New academic staff at Bath Spa will take a core selection of the modules to gain a specific PGCert qualification and FHEA status as part of their contract, but are welcome to continue with the PPHE programme to gain higher qualifications.

Information for international students

For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information on funding please refer to our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

01225 876180