MA Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education (Advanced Standing)

If you want the opportunity to make best use your skills as an educationalist by positively influencing your career prospects and improving your teaching and learning practice, top-up your PgCert to an MA Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education with the University of Bolton.

Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education (Advanced Standing)

Key information

Award:

MA

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

If you’ve already successfully completed the University of Bolton’s Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education (or an equivalent 60 credit programme), and are currently employed in one or both of these fields, then this master’s course is ideal. With modules specifically designed for ambitious educationalists, you can access the knowledge required to achieve higher levels of responsibility and greater satisfaction in your work.

We aim to help you develop an enhanced and critical awareness of current key issues in the higher and professional education sector, as well as your knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories that underpin best practice in education. As well as reflecting on your own professional practice, we’ll encourage and guide you in formulating creative solutions to complex educational problems.

Our highly experienced and research active team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent master’s-level project. You’ll also have the chance to develop enhanced key skills in line with your personal and professional development needs; for instance, team working and leadership, problem solving, autonomy and professional accountability.

Highlights
  • The course is designed to help you develop an enhanced and critical understanding of the local and national context and trends across the UK higher education and professional education sector.
  • By committing to ongoing critical reflection, evaluation and action, you could develop master’s-level scholarship and research-informed practice.
  • Intensive use of learning technologies and multimedia resources, such as virtual learning environments and eLearning tools, enhance your ICT skills and raise your awareness of resources from across the educational spectrum.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • We’ll support you as you learn to critically reflect on and evaluate your own teaching, mentoring and supervision skills, and develop innovative solutions for improvement considering national and local contextual influences.
Key Features
  • You’ll have the chance to evaluate current developments and up-to-date research in teaching and learning in higher education and the health sector, as well as your own professional practice.
  • Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts offer face-to-face and blended sessions as well as one-to-one support.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • We’ll support you to develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent master’s-level project.
  • Our well-stocked library offers a comprehensive selection of relevant texts and access to an extensive online database of multimedia sources including eJournals, podcasts, vodcasts and eBooks.

  • You must have successfully completed the University of Bolton’s Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education or an equivalent programme at master’s level.
  • You must be currently teaching in the context of the UK higher education sector and/or professional practice as you’ll be required to critically reflect on your experience of teaching and supporting learning at a higher education level and relate theory to practice within the context of the UK.
  • Normally, you’ll also have at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, and appropriate work experience.
  • Your application form must be accompanied by a 250 word reflective statement.
  • Two references highlighting your potential to produce master’s level (level 7) academic work will be required.
  • We may wish to interview you as part of the application process. This may be on an open day, over the telephone or via video conferencing.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This master’s degree is ideal if you already possess the University of Bolton’s Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education. It aims to help you further develop your already considerable skills in teaching, professional practice, scholarship and research. Our dedicated team will guide you as you develop an enhanced critical, reflective and scholarly approach to teaching and supporting student learning.

What can I do with this qualification?

This course is designed to enhance your career potential by developing your skills as a member of academic staff in higher education institutions and could therefore improve your promotion prospects within higher education or improve access to a higher education career.

The skills and knowledge on offer would benefit anyone aiming for a career in education. Obtaining this qualification will assist entry to further study at doctorate level; for instance, when applying to the University of Bolton’s EdD Doctor of Education, EdD Doctor of Educational Leadership, or PhD by research programmes.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Higher education
  • Education officer
  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Education administration
  • Student services advice
  • Student liaison
  • Educational writing and journalism
  • Examinations
  • Counselling
  • Careers guidance
  • Training
  • Quality Standards

Course fees

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The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.

Bursaries

Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


This course is designed to help you develop and build on your current knowledge and experience as an education practitioner. Experience and practice underpinned by informed research are valued and drawn upon throughout.

We’ll use a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies on this course. These may include lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, collaborative discussion and group work, debates and tutorials. You can also expect a range of assessment methods, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios and course work. Your learning journey will be supported by the intensive use of technology and multimedia resources.

Personal and independent study is essential and you should expect to devote a significant amount of time to the course.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Advanced Mentoring
  • Critical Enquiry and Reflection
  • Dissertation
  • Postgraduate Research Degree Supervision
  • Advanced Coaching
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 84%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 16%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Daniela Bacova
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

D.Bacova@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903219

Duncan Cross
Associate Teaching Professor

D.Cross@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903289

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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