Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education MA

Interested in finding out more about this programme? Book your place at the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

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, regular inductions and tutorials, and two-day workshops. For some of the workshops, there is a possibility of attending online via Open Mode.

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.


Core modules

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