Higher Education MA 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

Whether you're a newly qualified or experienced member of staff teaching on higher education programmes, this course allows you to work towards being awarded your all-important Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).HEA Fellowship brings a range of benefits to develop and progress your career. It provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the higher education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion.The Higher Education Academy works with higher education providers and organisations to improve the professional experience of HE teachers through fellowships, accreditation, awards and professional development provision.

The Higher Education MA provides a flexible development programme in teaching and learning for staff already teaching higher education courses.The course aims to enable you to become a competent and skilled practitioner in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.

You'll be encouraged to embrace professional values and attitudes to teaching, learning and assessment and the course provides a framework which enables you to do this. Through this process you'll be encouraged to reflect upon your own professional experiences and set up your own targets for professional development.This enables you to evidence engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


3 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are typically:

•  an Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification.

•  current experience of teaching, assessing and supporting students within a Higher Education context.


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Email: sepd@hud.ac.uk
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Course content

Our full MA programme normally takes three years to complete.We recognise the pressures on busy part-time students and professionals, so offer interim awards of the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) or PGCHE in year 1, the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in year 2 and then progression onto the MA after successful completion of these interim awards.

Students gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) after successfully completing year 1.

Year 1

Core modules:

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

This module will help you to discuss learning and teaching within your subject discipline, appropriate techniques of curriculum design and the overall curriculum context within your institution. You'll pay particular attention to methods and approaches to the review and evaluation of academic practice in relation to learning & teaching and curriculum design. The module will also give you the opportunity to address the need to underpin academic practice with a knowledge and understanding of key educational ideas, models and theories.

Supporting and Assessing Students in Higher Education

This module will help you explore the role played by assessment and constructive feedback in developing student learning. You'll pay particular attention to the skills and knowledge of structures and processes required to work effectively at a variety of levels (module, course, department, school, university, professional body) in order to support students in their learning. The module will also help you to understand methods and approaches used to review and assessment of academic practice in relation to assessment and feedback and student support .

Year 2

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include -

Critical Social Policy in Education and Public Services

This module will help you examine the historical, political and legislative developments leading to current national and local policy agendas relevant to those working in education and other public services. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between theoretical perspectives and aspects of practice in a range of contexts such as early years, youth work, teaching, learning and development, health care, community work, family support and social care.

Cross-cultural Learning

This module will help you explore the increasingly international nature of education. You'll examine different approaches to education and the ways different cultures define the key concepts of education. The module will help you to understand international perspectives on what is valuable knowledge and how it is learned. You'll explore how culture impacts on education, how it affects the structures and processes that take place in classrooms and you will use this knowledge to consider how this affects learners and ideas that travel across cultural boundaries.

Developing Effective Leadership

This module will provide an opportunity to consider and reflect upon leadership within an organisational setting. You'll actively engage with such concepts as the role of the leader, how that role links to and differs from management and how leaders need to be developed within their organisations. The module will also help you to understand concepts of vision, values, culture, strategic planning, modelling behaviours and developiment of organisations and individuals.


This module will help you to develop understanding and skills in the area of online tutoring, facilitation, and in the design, planning and implementation of e-learning and blended learning courses.

Education Society and Development

This module helps you examine the dominant patterns of education that have arisen in response to the pressures of globalisation and global institutions. You'll evaluate how the dominant (neo-liberal) systems are affecting education and leading to an increased focus on education as a preparation for the workplace. The module will help you understand the knowledge economy and global competition and the resulting policy formulation related to education, training and human resource development.

International Approaches to Early Childhood Education

The module will help you to reflect on a range of international perspectives on early childhood education. It will emphasise the relationship between theoretical perspectives and aspects of practice in early childhood education. You'll critically engage with debates about early childhood education and will focus on the education of children in a range of settings.

Introduction to Action Research

This module will help you to understand the principles and practices of action research. You'll develop an understanding of how action research leads to research-based improvement in teaching and learning, and an awareness of how personal professional development can contribute to the development of the teaching/training professions with a view to raising learner achievement.

Managing Learning and Development in Organisations

This module will help you to develop an understanding of the links between learning and development, organisation goals and broader human resource policies and practice in a variety of organisational contexts. You'll explore how the learning and development agenda can be promoted by examining learning & development policies, roles, functions, as well as strategies, methods and techniques for establishing learning and development needs.

Mentoring and Coaching

This module will help you to explore the role of mentoring and coaching. You'll have the opportunity to examine issues linked to implementing and managing mentoring/coaching schemes, the role of mentors and/or coaches, the strategies that could be used within a mentoring and/or coaching relationship and the ethical issues governing them.

Methods of Enquiry

This module will develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of research methods, in both academic and professional contexts. It considers some of the theories, methods and implication of research and the complex role of researchers and of practitioner-researchers. You'll explore a range of methods of enquiry in order to enable you to understand the significance and ethics of research.

Understanding E-Learning

You will be introduced to a range of ICT tools and techniques for innovation in teaching and learning. Emphasis is placed on the selection of approaches appropriate to the learners’ needs. Alongside the practical aspects of using these tools you will consider how they can transform learning and develop a deeper, theoretical and analytical understanding. You'll also explore current debates in the field of e-learning.

Year 3

Core module:


This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. You'll learn about traditions of educational research; positivism, interpretism and action research and the strengths and challenges of carrying out research in these traditions. This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a piece of research based on a contemporary or work-related issue or problem.

Please note: If you are a member of staff at the University of Huddersfield and you're already a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, there's an alternative route to gain the PGCHE.You'll be able to take the Inspire Conference module.This module provides the opportunity to develop a creative teaching and learning session, which you'll present at an in-house conference at the end of the course.You'll produce a conference paper which will present an evaluation of the teaching and learning development you have undertaken.To be successfully awarded the PGCHE, students use their Fellowship status to put together an APEL claim, which if successful, gives them 40 credits at Masters Level.The remaining 20 credits needed to make up the PGCHE will be awarded if a student successfully passes the Inspire Conference module.

The Inspire Conference

This module will provide the opportunity to develop a creative teaching and learning session, which you will present at an in-house conference at the end of the course. You'll produce a conference paper which will present an evaluation of the teaching and learning development you have undertaken.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

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.

Professional links and accreditations

Students gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) after successfully completing year 1.

Teaching and assessment

A number of assessment methods may be used on the course including: assignments; essays; evaluative reports; mini projects; reflective commentaries/discussions and written seminar papers. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all assessment submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy*.

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Postgraduate Study Fair For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the Postgraduate Open Day.

Further study

Students have continued their studies with the professional doctorate, the Doctor of Education EdD or the more traditional PhD.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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