Manchester Metropolitan University


Higher Education

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

One of the distinguishing features of the programme is that it brings together HE professionals with different roles and, as a result, participants learn about professional practice in Higher Education from a broader perspective. As the political, social, regulatory and economic context of HE changes rapidly, this varied perspective represents a rich professional development experience. Participants elect options and assignment tasks aligned to their professional practice and interest, resulting in a flexible and tailored programme.

Provision is highly flexible, with some option units delivered online, and others (FLEX unit and its variants) designed to adapt to students’ own study priorities.

Placement options

This is a work-based programme – it is open only to participants currently working in a Higher Education role, which allows them to relate their practice to their studies in a scholarly manner, and vice versa.

About the course

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Stage 1 (PG Certificate – 60 credits)

Participants study 30 core credits and 30 option credits.

 Core units for participants in teaching related roles:

  • Introduction to Learning, Teaching and Assessment (15 credits)
  • Developing Academic and Professional Practice (15 credits)

 Core units for participants in non-teaching related roles:

  • Higher Education Today (30 credits)

Year 2

Stage 2 (PG Diploma – 60 credits. Direct entry at this point for participants holding existing and equivalent PGCert award)

Participants study 30 core credits and 30 option credits

Core units:

  • Researching Higher Education (30 credits)

Option units available as part of PG Certificate or PG Diploma:

  • Enhancing Learning, Teaching and Assessment with Technology
  • FLEX (Creativity for Learning)
  • FLEX (Professional Standards Framework)
  • Scholarship and Practice
  • Assessment in Higher Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Global Citizens Global Learners
  • Programme Leadership
  • Research Degree Supervision and Examination
  • Teaching and Learning Essentials for New Teachers

Year 3

Stage 3 (MA Dissertation – 60 credits)

Participants complete a 60-credit dissertation unit.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Typical entry requirements

Applicants will normally be graduates working in a teaching or support role in Higher Education, and must also be able to demonstrate the following to the satisfaction of the Programme Leader:

  • A first degree in any subject or alternative educational qualifications that are deemed equivalent

Applicants with a 60 credit M level higher education teaching qualification (e.g. PGCLTHE or PGC FE/HE) or equivalent will normally be eligible for entry to the MA HE at the PG Diploma stage.  Other applicants will normally be expected to enter the programme at PG Certificate stage.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Participants can enrol onto the MA as graduates with an active role or professional interest in higher education.

The admissions regulations and entry requirements for the Master of Arts in Higher Education (MA HE) comply with the University’s policy, regulations and institutional Code of Practice on Recruitment and Admissions, and with the University’s Scheme for the Admission of Students with Advanced Standing following the Accreditation of Prior Learning. All applicants shall also be considered with regard to the University’s equal opportunities policy and such anti-discrimination legislation as may be in force.

Candidates must have a sufficient command of the language in which the course is taught to be able to meet the requirements of the course in every respect.

Further information and an application form are available here.

Career options after the course

An increasing proportion of Higher Education staff hold PG Certificate awards, and this MA award allows participants to distinguish their academic profile. At the same time, it allows them to evaluate their professional roles in the broader context of HE, facilitating career development into higher education management and/or academic leadership.  For a number of participants, it will prepare the way for Doctoral study

Confirmation of Regulator

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.