Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be graduates working in a teaching or support role in Higher Education, and must also be able to demonstrate the following to the satisfaction of the Programme Leader:

  • A first degree in any subject or alternative educational qualifications that are deemed equivalent

Applicants with a 60 credit M level higher education teaching qualification (e.g. PGCLTHE or PGC FE/HE) or equivalent will normally be eligible for entry to the MA HE at the PG Diploma stage. Other applicants will normally be expected to enter the programme at PG Certificate stage.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Arts in Higher Education (MA HE) develops the theoretical and practical expertise of those in teaching, supporting learning and otherwise supporting student learning, directly or indirectly in a range of professional HE roles.

Participants develop a reflective, scholarly and evidence based expertise in Higher Education, whether from a teaching and learning or other professional perspective. It is aimed at all HE professional staff roles, including academic, academic related, administrative, governance, academic services, and other services including library and human resources.

The distinctive entry and progression routes through the programme allow those with teaching-focused practice and those whose practice is based in other, less student-facing aspects of HE, to achieve a masters award relevant to the common professional context of higher education.

Two alternative entry routes (one teaching focused, the other non-teaching focused) allow participants to play to their strengths, while the coherence of the programme lies in recognising the unifying features of Higher Education as a complex but integrated set of professional practices.

The MA will endow graduates with a significant postgraduate qualification, registering their expertise in their particular professional context, and providing a starting point for those wishing to progress to PhD study.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

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