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Higher Education MA

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January 2017
September 2017
2 - 3 years part-time
£55 per credit (UK/EU)
Course leader
Phil Barter

If you're about to embark on a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCert HE) or if you already have achieved this qualification, then this part time course, delivered over two or three years, is ideal for you.

Why study MA Higher Education at Middlesex University?

This flexible and accessible course is designed to work around you. Aimed at academics and those supporting learning in Higher Education, the course explores the literature in teaching, learning and assessment together, to help you critique and apply generic and subject specific pedagogies and carry out related research across a broad range of disciplines and roles.

As many of those studying the course are working in the UK or overseas, we run webinars and video conferences alongside our campus-based seminars. In addition, those employed by Middlesex University, and with manager approval, will normally receive a fee waiver.

Course Highlights

  • Flexible course allowing participants throughout the UK and the world to study around their current work commitments
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

How will you study the MA Higher Education?

If you are enrolling on this course with a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education or equivalent, you will proceed directly to the second core module Action Enquiry, worth 60 credits. This module focuses on research methods and research methodologies.

You will then continue onto the Dissertation module, worth a further 60 credits.

If you wish to step off the programme after the Action Enquiry module, you would receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education as your exit award.

How will the MA Higher Education be taught?

The learning, teaching and assessment approaches used throughout your programme will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other participants. We aim to give you prompt feedback on your learning as well as opportunities to reflect upon and learn from that feedback.


Formative assessment is developmental in nature and designed to give you feedback on your performance and how it can be improved. As a result you will get detailed feedback on formative assessment but not a grade. Formative assessment is an important part of the learning process and has been shown to contribute to enhancement of learning and the raising of standards.

Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the intended learning outcomes of a module and therefore the appropriate grade to be awarded.

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How can the MA Higher Education support your career?

Completion of this degree will help you realise your ambitions of teaching within the Higher Education sector.

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