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Professional Practice in Higher Education

The programme helps staff and research students to meet some of the key challenges of working in the rapidly-changing world of higher education; these challenges of teaching, supporting student learning, employability, sustainability, new technologies, team management, enterprise, quality assurance and external accountability range across the whole business of higher education, and can rarely be addressed in isolation; they raise many questions about how best to enhance teaching and research within particular contexts, and about how managers and administrators can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current practices, not least in terms of addressing students' needs and aspirations, enriching their learning experiences, and raising the enduring value of their learning outcomes; by sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise about our professional practices we can both deepen our understanding of the challenges we face and realise opportunities to make improvements through innovations and the adoption of best practices; the programme helps individuals to evidence their personal commitment to professional development and to enhance the quality of their work and contribution to the development of higher education in their workplaces.

Course modules

Modules include: teaching and learning in higher education; course design and assessment; using learning technology in higher education; research degree supervision; research management; mentoring and coaching in higher education; curriculum models and curriculum development in higher education; the teacher practitioner; teaching and supporting academic writing in higher education; quality management in higher education; linking teaching and research; sustainability in higher education; delivering effective outcomes and change through teams; enterprise and higher education; e-learning (teaching and assessment); e-learning (hardware and software); e-learning (with web); designing and conducting a pedagogical research project; the role of information literacy in students' learning and research; teaching and learning within and beyond the disciplines; marketing matters in higher education; employability in higher education; pedagogical research project; Master's project or dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment for all modules is by coursework, based upon the completion of assignments designed to promote understanding, enhancement and/or application of professional practices in higher education; each module has its own assessment tasks, usually 1 or 2 per module; forms of assessment include work-based activities, action plans, reports, reflective logs, portfolios, presentations, reviews, case studies, business plans, short essays, action-research documents, and (for the Master's degree) a dissertation/research project.


The programme can only be studied part-time. The PGCert may be completed over 1-2 years, the PgDip or MA over 2-5 years depending upon individual work commitments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time October 2017 6 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2017 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2017 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,400 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2017 1 Years

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