Entry requirements

A minimum of a relevant second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and relevant professional experience of higher and professional education.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed to give you critical insight into the changing field of higher education, reflecting on important debates in the field. The programme encourages you to explore, share and challenge existing knowledge and experience by engaging with different ideas, concepts, and values. You will examine higher education policy and practices in relation to your own professional experience.

The Department of Education, Practice and Society is a multidisciplinary department at UCL Institute of Education. The department has extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in the UK, Europe and Asia, working closely with transnational bodies, government departments, regional organisations, national institutes, and international organisations.

The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) brings together students, researchers, consultants and practitioners focusing on higher education with a distinctive programme of seminars and events. This programme provides you with the opportunity to study for an inter-disciplinary, inter-professional qualification, examining higher education policies and practices in relation to your own professional experience.

Programmes offered by the Centre for Higher Education Studies provide high level academic and professional education for those working in higher education.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification and course duration


60 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


Teaching is delivered through interactive lectures, seminars, group discussions, case study analysis and online learning. In many modules there are opportunities for all students to participate on a variety of ways, including giving short presentations or seminar papers or leading group discussions.

Assessment is through coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214