Taught course

Research and Practice in Higher Education

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

An honours degree in any subject. Previous or current employment in the HE sector would normally be expected.

Months of entry


Course content

Deadline for applications is 20 December 2016. We reserve the right to cancel the course starting in January 2017, should it not reach a minimum number of five students by that date.

Higher education expands knowledge, broadens horizons, and contributes to society's wellbeing and welfare. This course aims to create inquisitive, critically aware and well-prepared higher education professionals. With the knowledge, skills and attitudes encouraged by this course, these professionals can make positive changes to the higher education of the future.

The course is primarily designed for those currently working in higher education or who have experience of working in the sector. However, if you have different, but relevant, professional experience, we will consider your eligibility on an individual basis.

Key features

  • The course offers critical understanding of key issues and trends in higher education. Covering higher education as a whole, it examines overlapping professional and inter-professional practices (eg teaching, research, administration, leadership and support).
  • You will gain understanding of a sector that is experiencing significant and ongoing change, and learn to reflect on this change in ways that can bring about meaningful innovation.
  • The course does not just rely on a theoretical understanding of higher education issues. Through interaction with a variety of scholars and professionals, you will be able to link theory to the range of practices within higher education.
  • You will benefit from the shared experience and expertise of professionals (both academic and academic-related) at the University and from the profession beyond.
  • You will develop important scholarly research skills, enabling you to work successfully in education-related contexts and in professional environments that rely on social sciences research. These skills will also be useful if you wish to continue your studies to doctoral level.
  • Your career opportunities may be enhanced through the knowledge and skills gained on this course. These skills are not only relevant to traditional higher education positions, but also roles such as consultant or researcher in higher education agencies, research councils and educational think tanks.

The course has several challenging and exciting aims, including:

  • helping you develop a critical and reflective understanding of higher education practices (both academic and academic-related);
  • sharpening your conceptual awareness and your ability to use critical thinking and reflection when studying key and emerging higher education practices;
  • helping you develop and apply relevant research methods to examine specific areas of higher education practice;
  • fostering your scholarly independence and professional judgement, helping you to work within complex higher education environments; and
  • enhancing your professional and career options, while offering personal intellectual satisfaction.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Janet Norry
+44 (0)20 8417 5645