Taught course

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - MA

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Successfully applicants are expected to: Be currently be teaching in a Higher Education institution.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

The MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is an integrated and supported course that enables you to:

  • Take a lead in the development of the teaching of your subject
  • Critically engage with theories of learning and teaching in higher education
  • Engage in research in learning and teaching in higher education

The HE Academy-accredited option within the course leads to the award of postgraduate certificate. This engages with the course’s aims at the level of the subject, developing practitioners who are able to take a role in the development of teaching within their subject, and who are informed by theory, research and engagement with research related to their practice. The full MA option develops practitioners with a broader view of the teaching and learning process through additional modules focusing on the wider context. These practitioners are expected to engage with national debates about the development of learning and teaching, both within their subject and in general, and to enhance knowledge of the processes of learning and teaching through their dissertation/project.

Course structure

For the HE Academy-accredited option students will take three modules, which lead to the award of postgraduate certificate. For the MA, students will take six modules and complete a dissertation/project.

Core modules:

  • Delivering teaching and facilitating learning
  • Theoretical perspectives on learning and teaching in higher education
  • Dissertation/project

Other designated modules cover a range of related issues, allowing choice within the focus on learning and teaching in higher education.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, portfolios, presentations and project reports, as well as assessment and evaluation by your peers.

Career opportunities

This course is a professional development programme for those currently engaged in teaching and/or support of learning at higher education level. Successful participants are encouraged to go on to leadership roles, and/or to undertake further research and publication, in the field of learning and teaching in higher education.

PGCert LTHE provides eligibility for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA); eLearning modules are accredited by the Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA).

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-84 months


part time
12-36 months


part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202