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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years.

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert, Other

  • Course Fees

    UK/EU (2018 entry): £6,995, NON-EU: £12,900
    Fees are subject to change, please see the website for more detail.

Please note, although full time fees are shown, we are currently only accepting applications for part time study.

The Professional Practice in Higher Education (PPHE) programme will help you, as a staff member or research student, to meet the key challenges of working in the rapidly changing world of higher education, whilst gaining credit and postgraduate qualifications for your professional development.

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.

This course is a flexible master’s level programme designed to support continued professional development, with the possibility of both intermediate qualifications and external (HEA) accredited status (for those with suitable teaching practice in HE only). As a participant you would choose module options and the foci for project work based on your role and interests as you develop your professional practice.


The programme is based upon a credit system; you’ll select modules and patterns of study to suit your needs and interests. All modules are credit rated and lead to the following possible exit qualifications:

Postgraduate Certificate require 60 credits from any combination of modules. A further 60 credits will give you your Postgraduate Diploma. Finally, the master’s award requires 180 credits in total including a 30 credit on research methods, plus 60 for a Research Project/Dissertation.

Most modules (subject to availability) can be taken in any order and in any combination, though we would advise new teachers (including professional service staff who engage in suitable teaching) to include the Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education module among their initial options. A small number of modules are available only to those with specific teaching or research responsibilities. The Master’s Project or Dissertation should be taken as the final module. Tutorials will be available to help you plan your course of study.

For more information on modules, please go to the Course Webpage.


Most modules are delivered through three – four half-day sessions, including mini-lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations, supported where appropriate by online discussions and activities. Throughout the programme, you’ll be supported by individual and small-group tutorials.

Sessions are designed to promote the sharing of ideas, expertise and experiences within a professional community of practice, so we will encourage participation and contributions from everyone.


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 for your own practice.


The PPHE programme is designed to support the development of both academic and professional staff, teaching, managing or supporting HE students, at a time when evidence of professional development is increasingly expected of all staff, not least for new appointments and promotions.

Some of the modules are accredited with the Higher Education Academy and there is thus the opportunity, if a participant’s professional practice entails appropriate responsibilities, to gain Associate/Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (A/FHEA), a nationally transferable professional status.

For more information on opportunities, please refer to the website.

Visit the MA Professional Practice in Higher Education page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!





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