Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education MA

The MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education will not continue after 2014/15 and is not accepting applications. A new MA in Professional Education will replace this MA content. You may also be interested in the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (currently being revised) or the MA in Professional Education and Training

This masters degree will:

  • develop your practical teaching skills
  • increase your understanding of the issues and factors which affect learning in higher and professional education
  • allow you to reflect on key underlying educational philosophies, pedagogy and your academic experience in order to enhance your professional practice
  • give you the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research project
  • address nationally agreed professional standards.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

Who is this programme for?

Lecturers and other professionals working in further, higher or professional education.

Entry requirements

A good first degree or equivalent. You should currently be employed in an appropriate educational or professional institution, since the programme requires practical work within a teaching or training context, and elements of the assessment framework are also strongly related to your employment context.

Core topics

  • University and professional teaching
  • Assessing learning
  • Designing courses and curricula
  • Teaching and learning with digital technologies
  • Supervisory and professional practice
  • Improving lecturing
  • Learning in small groups
  • Innovation and change in higher and professional education
  • Learning and teaching for adults.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments (including a portfolio of practice), practical activities and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face evening sessions, and one-, two- and three-day workshops. There will be an option to study some modules online.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • university lecturers.

Following successful completion of the Prof Cert or Masters degree some graduates use this as evidence to gain promotion within their working context.

Visa Information

This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa

For more information about visas please see our guide to visas for study (pdf, 0.32mb). You can also contact (by email) the international support team for advice.


Core modules