Applicants will normally be graduates working in a teaching or professional services 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 masters 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
January, April, September
Our three year, part-time masters degree is a work-based course that gives you the opportunity to relate your higher education practice to your studies.
The higher education sector brings together a wide range of professional practices, including lecturers, researchers, librarians, support, administrative, and student services. Our course is for professionals working across all areas, from administration to governance, academic services to human resources.
You will share experiences from your higher education role and learn about others too, gaining a broad perspective of higher education practices and its associated professional identities.
During the first two years of the course, you will study core units and choose from a number of option units. These give you the opportunity to explore your particular area of practice - teaching-focused or non-teaching focused - and develop your expertise in higher education practice and research.
You will place your practice, and/or future career aspirations, at the centre of each unit that you study. This allows you to critically reflect on your work so that you can improve teaching, student support, professional services provision and the student experience.
Some of the topics you might consider include the philosophies, ethics and values of educational research, different higher education discourses and ideologies, institutional and national policy and the design and delivery of teaching and assessment.
In year three, you will complete a dissertation, focusing on a topic of your choice within the field of higher education practices and/or policies.
You will typically critique current research, analyse data and literature, evaluate arguments and propose new approaches.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time36 months
- Distance learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
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