Designed for those already working in student-facing services, or graduates who are interested in this career path, our innovative Masters degree will develop your expertise, knowledge, skills and experience in this rapidly emerging area of higher education. It includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the USA.
We’ve designed our unique Masters course with you in mind. If you're already working in student-facing services, in the UK or overseas, it will expand your professional skills. If you're a graduate it will equip you with the knowledge and insight you need to start a career in this field. You can choose to study with us full-time, or part-time while you continue to work.
This course gives you an exciting opportunity to participate in the emerging field of student affairs. You’ll make an important contribution to the development of literature and research relating to student affairs in the UK. Whether you work in student services, libraries, residence services, student unions or sport centres, you’ll be able to tailor your research project to your own area of interest.
Alongside improving your understanding of key issues in higher education student affairs, you’ll have the chance to gain first-hand experience of student affairs in the USA through an optional internship with a US university. Here you'll undertake a project under supervision and present your findings to colleagues in the USA. This opportunity is subject to an application process and includes some, but not all, costs. There will also be opportunities for placements here at Anglia Ruskin University.
Our MA will not only increase your career opportunities, but let you transform the way you, your colleagues and your institution provide student-facing services.
Our MA programme will help your personal and continuing professional development. You’ll advance your knowledge and application of leadership and management in the different areas covered by student-facing services, such as student engagement, advising, student development and support.
This course will benefit you if you want to work in a student affairs-related area, or if you're already a professional in a student-facing service and want to progress to higher levels of management. It's intended for professionals from areas such as:
• student services • careers and employability • the Students' Union • sports and activities • student engagement • library • registry or academic office • accommodation or residential service • registration • finance.
With a strong focus on the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in student affairs – where there's a skills gap at present – our course will boost your prospects.
Modules & Assessment
Educational and Social Research Methods Key Issues and Themes in Student Affairs - Higher Education National and International Perspectives in Higher Education Student Affairs Professional Enquiry in Education Specialist Studies in Student Affairs in Higher Education (part-time students only) Postgraduate Major Project
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.
We'll assess you in a number of ways, from literature reviews to reflective commentaries on your professional practice, to make sure you're learning effectively.
Other forms of assessment include visual presentations, comparative studies, critical analyses of existing research, research pilots and a research project.
Where you'll study
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.