The aim of our MA in Higher Education is to equip students with research skills and substantive knowledge for the study of higher education. You will enhance your ability to facilitate and lead the development of expert knowledge within your specific area of higher education including academic practice.

Globalisation, technological advancement and the evolution of the sector means the study of higher education is no longer limited to local, regional or national contexts. Recognising this changing environment, our course aims to enhance practice, research and policy of higher education. Woven throughout are opportunities for formal and informal personal development in a wide range of intuitional settings and locations, and emphasis is put on the synthesis of theory and practice (including academic practice). Coursework will draw on your experience and understanding of pertinent issues to higher education, and you’ll be encouraged to bring this together with the current, established body of professional and academic literature. You’ll develop advanced, specialist research skills, and broaden your knowledge of areas of higher education that are most relevant to your personal or professional aims.


Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, Distance Learning

Module Details:

  • National and International Perspectives on Higher Education Policy
  • Universities as Contemporary Learning and Teaching Environments
  • Special Research Methods in Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Major Study

Student Destinations

Graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, including tutors, lecturers and academics from different disciplines and educational contexts will benefit from the provision of specialist knowledge and research methods training. Our course actively seeks to support the professional development, employability and career progression of managers, administrators and academic-related, professional staff (e.g. learning technologists, academic developers). The offering of a range of specialised research skills is tailored to enhance the expertise of these professionals as well as those aspiring to progress to higher levels of management in the areas of higher education policy, widening participation and access in higher education institutions. Invited lecturers from external higher education and policy institutions will highlight possible pathways for future employment within specialist organisations or universities in a number of countries. The design of authentic course assessment tasks underlines the importance of developing specialised research and professional skills applicable in the workplace. Equally, the research skills element of the course will equip participants with necessary skills for progression to doctoral or independent research.


UK & EU students, distance learning (total cost) £6,700 UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year) £8,100 UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time) £4,050 International students, 2018/19 (per year) £13,100 International students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time) £6,550

Entry Requirements

Normally applicants should have a first degree with honours at a minimum classification of 2:2 or equivalent. Exceptional entry is offered to professionals with extensive professional experience. Arrangements also exist to incorporate Accredited Prior Learning (APL). If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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