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Education (Higher Education) MA (PGCert PGDip)

Course Description

About this course

Education MA (Higher Education) will allow you to gain an in depth and critical understanding of pedagogical theory and its application to learning and teaching within the context of higher education. The course will allow you to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and reflection on a range of academic activities within the context of higher education.

Course structure

A flexible framework combines academic study with work-based action learning and action research, a process whereby your day-to-day professional activity informs your development through reflection and peer discussion. You can select from a range of taught and work-based modules to suit your own preferred learning style.

The course typically takes two-three years of part-time study to complete - one year for the PGCert and a further one or two years to complete the full masters, you can progress at the rate that suits you. Each 20 credit module requires a total of around six hours per week of study which is made up of reading, work based learning, reflective practice, maintaining contact online in addition to attendance at tutor-led sessions. The programmes are arranged to fit in with participants' working patterns and usually include twilight and Saturday sessions.

We recognise that you are likely to have a busy workload and therefore we aim to make our programme delivery efficient, flexible and appropriate - only calling you to the university when there are clear benefits in doing so.

Every June we host an education research conference as part of our postgraduate professional development programmes. The conference is designed to be of interest to current and recent graduates, teaching colleagues, EdD, PhD and masters students, and local professional practitioners and partners. It provides an opportunity to learn about local practitioner research findings and to network with colleagues.

Areas of study

Our flexible structure allows you to study first for the postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and then to choose whether to continue with the postgraduate diploma (PGDip) or the full MA. If you earned masters credits as part of your initial teacher education or through another route you may be able to join the course at the end of year 1.

Course structure

The course offers maximum flexibility. You can choose a range of modules tailored to your own professional development needs and interests. The only compulsory modules are the research methods module and the final dissertation.

Modules are offered in a variety of formats, including:

intensive two-day workshops
blended learning modules combining face-to-face sessions with online activities and support
primarily self-guided independent study with guidance from staff.
Each 20-credit module requires a total of around six hours per week of study which is made up of reading, work-based learning and reflective practice. You can maintain contact with staff and your fellow students online, in addition to attending tutor-led sessions.

The course typically takes two to three years of part-time study to complete, up to a maximum of six years. You can progress at the rate that suits you, with respect to your personal and professional commitments.



Research Methods
Final project / dissertation

Options include

Advanced Teaching Portfolio
Academic Practice Portfolio
Independent Study Module
Blended Learning in Higher Education
Course Leadership
Writing for Academic Publication
Supervising Student Projects and Dissertations

Visit the Education (Higher Education) MA (PGCert PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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