Taught course

Education - Higher Education

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

Entry requirements

This MA course is only available as a ‘top-up’ route for holders of the Oxford Brookes Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education or an equivalent Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits Level 7) gained in the last five years

Applicants normally have a good first degree.

Entry with credit

Please see above. A Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education or an equivalent Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits Level 7) is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The Oxford Brookes MA Education - Higher Education (HE) programme builds on our Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) or equivalent Postgraduate Certificate. The MA is a top-up route allowing those with the PCTHE or equivalent PG Cert to progress to an MA and Professional Doctorate in Education Studies with a focus on policy, purposes and practices in HE

It is a dedicated pathway for Higher Education practitioners to develop as a Higher Education professional and as an educational researcher, developing specialist areas of professional expertise. It enquires critically into the purposes of higher education and its role in the wider world. As well as fundamental epistemic services to knowledge and facilitating the transition from school to work (TSW), whatever else it might do or be, higher education is a means by and through which beliefs about the direction of society are communicated in the public political discourse to a wider public.

We draw on the pioneering approach of the Educational Development Team in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) at Oxford Brookes University, combining work and community based social learning and teaching with rigorous, evidenced and explanatory research, evaluation and development experience.

Information for international students

IELTS level 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening.

International students hold a conditional offer until payment of a deposit of £1,000 is received.

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Further details of qualification

Distance learning available

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 488388