University of Huddersfield - Higher Education MA

University of Huddersfield

Higher Education MA

The MA Higher Education is intended for education professionals who are interested in the study of Higher Education as its own field of study. The learning on the programme reflects the changing landscape of higher education for professionals working in public and private institutions that focus on the education of adults. This flexible and accessible course is designed to be offered part-time or full-time. In 2023-2024, the MA Higher Education will be offered as a Distance learning programme only (so, fully online, with no need to travel to the campus).

Why study MA Higher Education at Middlesex University?

You can are enrol on this course with an undergraduate degree from any discipline and a passion for learning more about Higher Education as a part of your current professional role. If you have a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education or equivalent, you can join the second year (P-T) with 60 credits recognised towards your Masters. Applicants are usually employed in the higher or tertiary education sector or within organisations contributing to the education for adult learners.

If you have just completed your PGCert in Higher Education then you can progress onto the diploma level of this programme to continue your studies.

Course Highlights

  • Flexible course allowing participants in the UK and throughout the world to gain a Masters’ qualification that relates to their current work commitments.
  • Builds practical and theoretical knowledge of higher education and adult education using recognised standards of policy and practice.
  • Enhances existing professional practice and career progression through personal development and self-managed learning.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • First degree of 2.2 or above (good academic standing).

  • Applicants are usually employed in higher or tertiary education organisations contributing to the educational process for adult learners (aged 18 and over) or are affiliated with the education of adults through private education providers.

  • Advanced entry to the MA Higher Education may be possible if applicants already hold a relevant postgraduate certificate or diploma.

  • Candidates will need a high level of competence in the use of English, equivalent to at least 6.5 in the IELTS test or TOEFL 575 (paper based), 237 (computer based).

  • The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).


Career Prospects

This MA course provides you with a broad range of module options allowing you the opportunity to tailor the programme to suit your current role and/or future career ambitions. Successful study at this level supports you in your current role, helps give you the confidence to tackle a wide range of workplace challenges and supports you in taking advantage of wider promotional and developmental opportunities.

The course offers a recognised qualification, a broadening of horizons and a chance to pursue particular areas of interest.

Course Details

The MA Higher Education course is designed for professionals in teaching and supporting learning and leadership in adult higher education, aged 18 or over, in universities, colleges, and vocational providers worldwide. It explores current literature and policy to help students critique and apply generic and subject-specific pedagogies, developing their professional practice and conducting educational research across various disciplines. The coursework and final dissertation will be based on the student's own professional practice.
Upon completion of 60 or 120 credits, students will receive a certificate or postgraduate diploma in higher education. Successful completion of the diploma level prepares students for AdvanceHE Senior Fellowship status (D3), based in the UK. Optional modules are typically available at levels 5 and 6, but may not be offered on every course. If an optional module is not offered, the program will advise students after the selection period or at the earliest time the programme team decides not to run the module and help them choose an alternative module.

Core Modules

Critical Perspective in Higher Education
Methods of Enquiry
Introduction to Action Research

Option Modules

Comparative Approaches to Learning
International Approaches to Early Childhood Education
Exploring Teaching and Learning
Understanding Curriculum Development in Primary and Early Primary Education
Children, Childhood and Society
Mentoring and Coaching
Education, Extremism and Community Cohesion
Managing Learning and Development in Organisations
Developing Effective Leadership
Critical Social Policy in Education and Public Services
Special Educational Needs and Disability: Evaluating Policy and Practice
Understanding E-Learning

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