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Education: Higher Education (MA)

Course Description

This MA Education - Higher Education programme aims to critically enquire into the meanings and purposes of higher education. Questions central to the course include:
- What is the role and value of the university?

- What does is mean for higher education to be 'authentic' and 'transformative'?

- How are the 'facts' of higher education established?

- What are the values of 'truth' and 'belief'?

- How are roles enacted and personal identities developed within and against these roles?

We draw on the pioneering approach of the Educational Development Team in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) at Oxford Brookes University, combining work and community based social learning and teaching with rigorous, evidence based and explanatory research, evaluation and development experience.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/ma-in-education-higher-education/

Why choose this course?

This course is intended for:
- People working in teaching and administration roles in any higher education context, such as (but not limited to) lecturers, heads of departments, administrators, policy and business planners, quality officers, librarians, learning technologists, college HE leads, and careers advisors

- People entering higher education teaching and administration from business and other professions

- People interested in the wider context of higher education in society and the impact that higher education has on the world.

Teaching and learning

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, student and staff led seminars and project work. Teaching, learning and assessment draw on the different backgrounds, experience and knowledge of participants, and encourages critical reflection.

Approach to assessment

Each course module is assessed separately and is based on coursework, eg individual essays, seminar presentations, reports, portfolios, investigative research and group work.

Attendance pattern

Teaching is organised on a module credit basis, each module involving blended learning (face to face and online) equivalent to approximately 24 hours of staff contact as follows:
- Part-time on campus: 8 weekly teaching blocks. Modules are usually taught on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (depending on choice of module), from 5pm to 8pm.

- Full-time on campus: full-time students join part-time students in some evening modules, and complete the rest of the course through daytime sessions (currently on Thursday).

- Open learning: an MA qualification can be achieved by online learning but the full module offer is not available in this format (please check availability for individual modules).

How this course helps you develop

Studying the MA Education: Higher Education will bring depth and insight into your professional thinking. You will meet students who are at various levels in their careers and you will learn from each other's experiences.

Completion of the course shows to professional development and should lead to improved prospects for career progression.

- Postgraduate certificates
Alternatively, you can develop your professional practice in specialist areas through our range of Postgraduate Certificate Awards.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Education: Higher Education (MA) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This MA course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, who are graduates with a recognised teaching qualification, or other relevant educational experience. Applicants normally have: a good honours degree, QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), other equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £5,330, Part-time £590 per single module; International: Full-time £12,850 Part-time £1,415 per single module

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