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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (MA/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Winchester aims to develop motivational and inspirational teachers, who are well equipped to understand the needs of the learners they work with.

Programme Content

The programme is built on the University's foundations of research excellence in learning and teaching. The programme specialises in evidenced-based pedagogy and student engagement, alongside the belief that effective practice with assessment and feedback should be at the heart of education.

Students do not need to be in a teaching role to study the programme. It is suitable for existing lecturers and a diversity of academic role profiles including aspiring lecturers as well as industry specialists who wish to develop a portfolio in teaching.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/ma-learning-and-teaching-in-higher-education.aspx


- Engaging Students in Learning (HEA Associate Fellow Recognition)
- Curriculum Design in Higher Education: Theory and Practice
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- Practitioner Research
- Dissertation

Learning and Teaching

The modules are designed to offer individuals the opportunity to experience new pedagogies and technologies. The programme is delivered via a range of group settings allowing students to capitalise on their current and/or prior experience within higher education, and to learn from the group.

The importance of evidence-based practice is acknowledged, but not at the expense of creativity and innovation. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to relate their learning and experiences back to their roles as educators to enhance the quality of their interactions with the students they work with.


The programme structure allows for innovative assessment practices to be adopted and our inclusive assessment strategy deploys a variety of methods for assessment including portfolios, blogging, conferences, e-portfolios and reflective essays. Timely, relevant and helpful feedback is paramount to our assessment practice and aims to foster motivation and develop the individual's capacity for self-assessment.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


The programme aims to prepare and further develop individuals striving for a successful career in the higher education sector.

Visit the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (MA/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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