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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - MA

Why study this course?

Our Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MA is specially designed to improve your career if you're assisting student learning or teaching in higher education.

You'll have the opportunity to move up to higher paying roles with more responsibility and recognition thanks to our course's Higher Education Academy (HEA)-accreditation. You'll also study specific e-learning modules that are accredited by the Staff and Education Development Association.

Our course will work around your teaching schedule, preparing you to take on more responsibility for your higher education subject. You'll become more confident in the theory, research and practical fields of teaching and learning.

After you complete the course, the HEA will allow you to apply for its Fellowship status. Having this status on your CV will enhance your potential for future promotion.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Using engaging theory and research, you'll develop as an outstanding practitioner who takes an active role in your professional development. You'll explore research related to the subject you teach and how to develop effective practice at work.

Will you complete the Postgraduate Certificate or full MA?

Successfully pass the Higher Education Academy (HEA)-accredited option within the course, and you'll gain the Postgraduate Certificate award. This will make you eligible for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

When completing the full MA, our additional modules will focus your attention on the wider context of the teaching and learning process. This will help you develop into a practitioner who has a much broader view of higher education.

Strengthen your skills and knowledge

You'll take part in national debates on the development of learning and teaching, touching on both your subject and more general subjects. By attempting to influence others with your ideas and research findings, you'll emerge from these debates more informed and confident about your knowledge and skills.

You can complete either a dissertation or a project to refine your expertise in one specific area of your subject. You'll use this expertise to improve the effectiveness of your teaching after you graduate.


You'll be assessed through essays, portfolios, presentations and project reports. You'll also be assessed and evaluated by your peers.

We use this range of assessment methods to reinforce your understanding of advanced higher education teaching.

You will be required to:

  • be currently teaching in a higher education institution

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The FSL module is the first, core, module of the HEA-Fellowship accredited PGCert LTHE programme. FSL lays the foundation for this professional work-based learning programme. Here, much of the raw material is derived from participants’ own current Learning & Teaching (L&T) Practice in HE.

    The module is supported by a specific programme of workshops, through systematic investigation of practice through the critical reflective practitioner model. This model facilitates effective initial professional development and for future CPD purposes to enable L&T practitioners to continually enhance students’ learning through their developing L&T practice.

    The peer review and observations of L&T practice are an integral element in this process.

    Participants are required to demonstrate the integration of critical reflection with analysis of L&T experience and underpin this all with the theoretical concepts, models and research from the current literature on learning and teaching in Higher Education and the role of HE today.

    As these are all important elements in the professional development of teachers in HE, the assessment for the module brings together all elements into a developmental whole.

    The FSL module thus aims to enable new and experienced staff with responsibilities for student learning and achievement to develop their professional competence in the delivery of teaching and/or the facilitation of student learning in higher education in a critically reflective and scholarly manner, armed with an understanding of how students may learn best, aimed at enhancing the student learning experience.

    This critical, systematic investigation of participants’ own professional practice is undertaken through exploration from the ‘micro’ to the ‘macro’-level and back again (i.e. from participants’ own L&T practice / experience / ideas, through to the context of your own subject/professional area, set within this University’s context – all set within the wider UK HE policy context, and back again to the individual), particularly through using critical reflection before, in and on action (Schon, 1987).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • all year (January start)

    The module provides participants with the opportunity for sustained scholarly work of an independent and original nature, in an area of professional interest with regards to learning and teaching in higher education.
    This may take the form of a theoretical and/or empirical investigation (Dissertation) or substantive practice-based Project which is critically evaluated.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The module explores, at an advanced level, psychological, socio-cultural, philosophical and educational theories, models and perspectives pertinent to learning and teaching in higher education, and considers the relevance and applicability of these theoretical perspectives to one’s own subject/professional context and practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    Applying Learning Technologies focuses on the wider issues of educational technology with specific reference to the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) for teaching learning and assessment, including the use of social media and other open educational resources.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The concept of the curriculum brings together issues of teaching, learning, assessment and the use of supporting technologies. This module addresses the overarching and institutional context of teaching and learning in HE, and provides holistic frameworks for design and evaluation of the learning experience. These frameworks are applied to projects related to the participants' own subject areas.

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  • Facilitating Online Learning & Collaboration focuses on the facilitative aspects of the design, delivery and management of learning, teaching, feedback and assessment processes online. The syllabus addresses the use of supportive technologies such as online journals, online discussions and blogs, as well as the management and assessment of collaborative group activities within virtual learning environments. The principles, models and methodologies of delivering and/or supporting learning and teaching using online means are investigated within the context of participants’ own professional development needs. Successful completion of the module will allow participants to apply the practice, principles and processes of collaborative online learning within their own professional context.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (January start)

    This module examines the role that assessment plays within the overall learning process in Higher Education.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • all year (January start)

    This module permits some negotiated study in an area of the participant’s (or identified group’s) choice, and is an opportunity for it to be largely self-directed.

    The focus of the module is negotiated between module tutor and participant(s). It may be used as an opportunity
    to further develop expertise in teaching and learning in the participant’s own academic discipline,
    or any other aspect of teaching and learning in Higher Education that has not been appropriately
    addressed in other programme modules.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    The focus of this module is upon developing those research skills that are needed in order to
    provide cogent research in learning and teaching in higher education. The module is designed to
    give a broad an overview of research methods and to facilitate the investigation of individual
    research interests in teaching and learning

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (January start)
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Web-based Learning & Teaching focuses specifically on the design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment within managed learning environments (MLE). It is intended for education professionals who wish to investigate and critically examine the professional context for implementing and applying learning technologies for 21st Century learners. The module focuses specifically on the design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment within managed learning environments (MLE).

    The module is aligned with the requirements of the SEDA award: Supporting Learning with Technology, as well as the award of 20 credits towards the Masters in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. At the end of the module, successful participants will have:

    • Participated in an online event as an e-learner
    • Designed, developed and implemented an online teaching module
    • Managed and administered learners online
    • Designed, delivered and evaluated online assessment
    • Integrated open educational resources within a formal learning management system
    • Interacted with other online practitioners in a community of practice

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For the HE Academy-accredited option students will take three modules, which lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate. For the MA, students will take six modules and complete a dissertation/project.

Core modules:

  • Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Dissertation/Project

Other designated modules cover a range of related issues, allowing choice within the focus on learning and teaching in higher education.

After you graduate, you'll use your newfound abilities to help your students learn more effectively and achieve success in their own lives.

Our graduates have gone on to leadership roles, further research and publication in the field of learning and teaching in higher education.

Their places of work include the University of Surrey, University College London, London Metropolitan University and Camden Council. Job titles they now hold include research coordinator, senior economics lecturer, senior pharmacology lecturer and lecturing roles in many other subjects.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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