Taught course

Higher Education

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

It is essential for applicants to be academic staff (tutors and lecturers) or academic-related staff working at a Higher Education Institute as they will need access to students and teaching peers in order to undertake some of the activities within the modules, such as teaching observations and classroom based action research projects.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Our Higher Education MA has a strong disciplinary focus and has been built with practising university teachers in mind, including those working in mainstream academic departments, faculty development centres and support services, such as libraries and study skill centres.

Our online course has been designed with the aim of providing a positive learning experience that addresses the needs of those who have experienced working in higher education, but who wish to develop further as a teacher.

The MA encourages you to construct your own developmental pathway through a choice of optional modules, allowing you to graduate as a more confident university teacher, with the skills and knowledge to both critique and shape professional practice.

As you’ll be working within your own higher education institution while you study, our MA course is offered as a part-time registration. It’s anticipated that the diploma would be completed within two years of registration and the dissertation would normally be completed within an additional year. You’ll be registered initially for the MA in Higher Education (180 credits). However, you can choose to step off at Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) level.

Information for international students

We are proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK. We are here to help you throughout the application process – from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa and preparing for your first few weeks at Surrey.

For more information please go to - https://www.surrey.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1483 682222