Masters | Postgraduate Course - Higher Education MA Course Details within University of Surrey

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Higher Education MA

Study Details

MA 3 years part-time with distance learning

Why choose this course

Our Higher Education MA has been built with practising university teachers in mind.

It encourages you to construct your own developmental pathway through a choice of optional modules, allowing you to graduate as a more confident university teacher with the skills and knowledge to shape professional practice.

What you will study

Through online delivery of content, our Higher Education MA offers you the flexibility to create a programme that suits your professional development needs in the field of university teaching, and is offered on a part-time basis over three to five years.

The programme allows you to construct your own developmental pathway through a choice of optional modules. You will do this by engaging with the explicit pedagogic framework that underpins the programme, emphasising the connections between concepts, theory and practice, teaching and research, disciplinary methods, and teachers and students.

On the programme you will analyse issues relating to your everyday teaching practice, share practice and explore solutions with your fellow participants and tutors. Your experience on the MA can provide evidence to support application for Senior Fellowship of the HEA.

You will be registered initially for the MA in Higher Education (180 credits). However, you can choose to step-off at Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Level.

Module details

Year 1 (part-time)

  • RESEARCH DISSERTATION Compulsory Year-long
  • ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK Optional
  • DESIGNING TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING Optional
  • EVALUATING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH Optional
  • PEER OBSERVATION OF TEACHING Optional
  • TEACHING IN YOUR OWN DISCIPLINE Compulsory
  • VETERINARY CLINICAL TEACHING Optional
  • EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING Optional
  • FROM STUDENT VOICE TO CO-ENQUIRY Optional
  • MOVING INTO ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP Optional
  • RESEARCHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION Compulsory
  • SIGNATURE CONCEPTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION Optional
  • TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TEACHING IN VETERINARY MEDICINE Optional

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

  • Choose 6 from the 10 listed optional modules

Year 2 (part-time)

  • RESEARCH DISSERTATION Compulsory Year-long
  • ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK Optional
  • DESIGNING TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING Optional
  • EVALUATING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH Optional
  • PEER OBSERVATION OF TEACHING Optional
  • TEACHING IN YOUR OWN DISCIPLINE Compulsory
  • VETERINARY CLINICAL TEACHING Optional
  • EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING Optional
  • FROM STUDENT VOICE TO CO-ENQUIRY Optional
  • MOVING INTO ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP Optional
  • RESEARCHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION Compulsory
  • SIGNATURE CONCEPTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION Optional
  • TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TEACHING IN VETERINARY MEDICINE Optional

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

  • Choose 6 from the 10 listed optional modules

Year 3 (part-time)

  • RESEARCH DISSERTATION Compulsory Year-long
  • ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK Optional
  • DESIGNING TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING Optional
  • EVALUATING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH Optional
  • PEER OBSERVATION OF TEACHING Optional
  • TEACHING IN YOUR OWN DISCIPLINE Compulsory
  • VETERINARY CLINICAL TEACHING Optional
  • EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING Optional
  • FROM STUDENT VOICE TO CO-ENQUIRY Optional
  • MOVING INTO ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP Optional
  • RESEARCHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION Compulsory
  • SIGNATURE CONCEPTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION Optional
  • TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TEACHING IN VETERINARY MEDICINE Optional

Optional modules for Year 3 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

  • Choose 6 from the 10 listed optional modules

Entry Requirements

It is essential for applicants to be academic staff (tutors and lecturers) or academic-related staff working at a Higher Education Institute as they will need access to students and teaching peers in order to undertake some of the activities within the modules, such as teaching observations and classroom based action research projects.