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Higher Education MA

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Code
PGX32X
Start
September 2018
January 2018
Duration
1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£7,800 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view January 2018 start fees
Course leader
Professor Paul Gibbs

The next start date for this course is 17 January 2018 and it runs across 12 months. Pay the same fees as students who started in October 2017.

The new MA Higher Education is intended to attract those interested in the study of Higher Education as its own field of study. The new range of modules on the new programme reflect the changing landscape of Higher Education

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, and beyond including local Further Education Colleges, other higher education institutions, training providers and those with an interest in the sector. 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.

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 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?

You can are enrol on this course with at least a good undergraduate degree of any discipline and a passion for learning more about Higher Education. If you have a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education or equivalent, you can join the second year with 60 credits recognised towards your Masters.

If you wish to step off the programme after you complete 60 credits or 120 credits you will be awarded a certificate or post graduate diploma in higher education.

Depending on your choice of modules and experience you gain HEA Senior fellowship status (D3) upon successful completion of the diploma level of the programme.

  • Year 1 modules

    • Philosophy of Higher Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to ground the study of higher education in a philosophical perspective. You will then be able to consider the importance of philosophical thought to contemporary higher education, practice and theory.

    • Policy of Higher Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the key debates in national and international higher education policy. You will examine contemporary policy frameworks in higher education, critically engaging with the different concepts that underlie policy creation, including historical, socio-cultural, political and legislative developments that have shaped policy agendas.

    • Psychology of Learning in Higher Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to explore various psychological theories and practical applications relevant to enhancing the experience of higher education. Different psychological perspectives and research on thinking, learning (including collaborative learning), cognitive and learning styles, motivation, positive psychology, emotional intelligence, resilience and development of self-identity and self-efficacy, and the role of social support and connectedness will be critically appraised in relation to applicability and impact on student retention, engagement and achievement.

    • Pedagogy in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to theories that underpin learning and teaching in higher education. You will be able to reflect on how to effectively facilitate learning in the context of modern higher education and within various subject disciplines.

  • Year 2 modules

    • Research Methods and Methodologies for Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide a critical overview of research methods and approaches used for researching various aspects of modern higher education. You will be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of various methodologies in a range of higher education contexts.

    • Learning Technologies in Higher Education (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores ways of integrating various learning technologies into the curriculum in order to promote student engagement and enhance the learning experience. Throughout the module a collaborative learning environment will be created in order to allow students to successfully design the implementation and evaluation of a technology enhanced learning solution/ project within their own professional context.

    • Academic Literacy, Language and Writing in Higher Education (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to identify key themes relating to language and literacy in English-dominant and EMI (English Medium of Instruction) universities which impact on both staff and students, including multilingualism, widening participation and global Englishes. This will be especially relevant for students with a particular interest in, or responsibility for, language and literacy.

    • Contemporary issues in higher education (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to identify critical issues that drive higher education policy and practice. You will develop an understanding of contemporary higher education practice and critical evaluate specific aspects, as well as how societal and economic factors shape the core issues facing higher education.

    • Globalisation Issues in Higher Education (15 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to critically investigate and broadly explore issues relating to the concept of globalisation and internationalisation. It will provide you with opportunities to consider the impact of developments that are changing the perspectives and realities of globalisation in higher education.

    • Mentoring and Supervision in Higher Education (15 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to provide an overview of the methods used in professional educational contexts to supervisor and mentor students and colleagues. The module will give you opportunities to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of published work in this area.

    • Advanced Research Methods for Education (15 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to provide a critical overview of the advanced methods and approaches used for research into topics areas related to education. You will be equipped to apply this advanced knowledge in the planning of a research proposal.

  • Year 3 module

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      The dissertation is a compulsory model for those seeking to achieve the MA Higher education. It aims to enable you to display your ability to plan and conduct an ethical research project displaying mastery of complex and specialised area in reference to your own field of criticism and enquiry.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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.

Teaching on the programme will be in four blocks throughout the academic year to enable you to easily plan your studies around work and personal commitments. In each teaching block, you will receive sessions from two modules with relevant tasks to be completed between each teaching block and online support materials to help you keep on track with you studies.

Assessment

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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  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

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.

Other courses

Higher Education PGCert

Start: January 2017, September 2017

Duration: 1 years part-time

Code: PGX343

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