MA — 2024 entry Higher and Professional Education

Our online Higher and Professional Education MA is aimed at practising university teachers, including those working in mainstream academic departments, faculty development centres and support services, such as libraries and study skill centres. It has been designed to develop you further as a teacher.

Key course information

Typical offer
See requirements
Start date
September 2024
5 years
UK fees
£650 per 15 credits
Overseas fees
£1,400 per 15 credits
Subject area
Higher education
Distance learning

Why choose
this course?

Our Higher and Professional Education MA is open to applicants who are working with students aged 18 years or older, within a higher or tertiary education setting (or other organisations that teach at a higher or tertiary education level).

This online, part-time MA has a strong disciplinary focus and has been built with practising university teachers in mind, including those working in mainstream academic departments, faculty development centres and support services, such as libraries and study skill centres.

Our online course has been designed with the aim of providing a positive learning experience that addresses the needs of those who have experienced working in higher and professional education, but who wish to develop further as a teacher.

The MA encourages you to construct your own developmental pathway through a choice of optional modules, allowing you to graduate as a more confident university teacher, with the skills and knowledge to both critique and shape professional practice.

The MA is taught by members of staff from the Surrey Institute of Education. The Institute is one of the largest institutions in the UK dedicated to multidisciplinary research and practice solely within higher and professional education. Our aim is to produce the next generation of practitioners and researchers, ready to address the complex problems in tertiary education, and help shape policy and practice at local, national and international levels.

You’ll benefit from our vibrant research culture and you’ll work alongside leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields, giving you access to expertise in a range of areas of higher and professional education.

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Terms and conditions

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We provide these terms and conditions in two stages:

  • First when we make an offer.
  • Second when students accept their offer and register to study with us (registration terms and conditions will vary depending on your course and academic year).

View our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide on what to expect.


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