Master of Arts in Higher Education

Information for Potential Participants

The Master of Arts in Higher Education (MA HE) forms a key part of MMU's Academic CPD Framework. The programme structure is shown below:

MA in Higher Education

180 Credits

Core Unit: HE Today
30 credits
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Exit award: PGCert Higher Education
One or two option units
1 x 30 or 2 x 15 credits
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Core Unit: Researching Higher Education
30 credits
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Exit award: PGDip Higher Education
One or two option units
1 x 30 or 2 x 15 credits
see options available »
Dissertation
60 credits
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Final award: MA Higher Education

The programme is designed for two groups of staff:

  • Staff who already have an appropriate postgraduate certificate qualification (including the MMU PGCert in Academic Practice, or the PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, or an equivalent from another institution) and wish to develop their academic practice or HE scholarship further. Staff in this category may be admitted to the programme with 60 credits advanced standing.
  • Staff who work in HE (but without a specific teaching remit), and who wish to complete an MA award which relates to their own aspects of Higher Education work.  Staff in this category complete 30 option credits and the 30 credit ‘HE Today’ core unit, before progressing to the PGDip stage.  This route is therefore appropriate for HE staff with any relevant role, including for example, governance, librarianship, student support, strategic or operational management, and so on.

The programme is designed to further develop knowledgeable, skilled and reflective HE professionals, able to adopt a scholarly and evidence based approach to their academic and professional practice and to the enhancement of the student experience and the higher education sector.

The MAHE is studied part time over three years and therefore external participants may be eligible for a postgraduate loan from Student Finance - see the GOV.UK website for an overview of postgraduate loans and to register/login to your Student Finance account (NB the MAHE is free of charge for Manchester Metropolitan University staff).

More detail about the course can be found in the MA HE Programme Specification.

 

Entry Requirements ›
Entry to MA in Higher Education

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning is another route to entry on the MA HE. You can find details of AP(e)L on the CASQE website

Admissions ›

To apply for the MA HE please

  • ensure you meet the entry requirements
  • complete the application form and email it to celtcpd@mmu.ac.uk together with a reference from your line manager that demonstrates their support for you attending the programme and confirmation of your role within their department; this is required to verify your eligibility for exemption from course fees.
Delivery ›

All units are delivered through a blended learning model that incorporates a range of approaches utilising a variety of face to face teaching methods together with online guided learning. This offers participants the maximum flexibility and the opportunity for participants to personalise their own learning, online learning materials have also been developed and the participants can engage with these at the most convenient time for them.

Contacts ›

Programme Leader

Charles Neame c.neame@mmu.ac.uk

Programme Administrator

celtcpd@mmu.ac.uk

 

 

 

How to Apply

To apply for this course, please download and complete the relevant form from the application form page »

As well as completing an application, you need to register for the units you wish to study as part of the course. Register for any units you know you want to study now on the webpage for each unit. If you haven't decided exactly what to study and when, you can register at a later date

 

 

 

 

Please contact celtcpd@mmu.ac.uk for further advice if required.