Higher Education MA - 2022/3

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MA Higher Education

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Higher Education
PGCert Higher Education

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Part-time PSX63001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

The D3 level of the UK Professional Standards Framework which is equivalent to Senior Fellow of the HEA

Faculty and Department / School

Education PSG - Surrey Institute of Education

Programme Leader

MEDLAND Emma (Sy Inst Educ)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Contribute to the development of participants' theoretically informed understandings, and teach in ways that support epistemological access for a diverse student body
  • Respect participants' disciplinary backgrounds, and encourage participants to interrogate the nature of their own disciplines and relate this to ideas presented in the programme
  • Promote reflective practice, requiring critical engagement based on evidence and theory with the roles and practices of higher education teaching, rather than having as its goal the teaching of a set of generic skills and techniques
  • Disrupt participants' existing beliefs about teaching and learning

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Evaluate the appropriate approaches for applying teaching and learning strategies within various contexts KCPT PGCert, PGDip, MA
Critically assess the role of theory, methodology and evidence in the policy and/or practices of higher education KC PGCert, PGDip, MA
Apply theoretically informed understandings to various contexts in higher education CPT PGCert, PGDip, MA
Justify an investigation of a personally selected higher education issue using appropriate theoretical and/or methodological frameworks CPT PGDip, MA
Evaluate the analytical outcomes of an investigation of a personally selected higher education issue within the context of the higher education literature CPT PGCert, PGDip, MA

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over 3 - 5 academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth multiples of 15 credits.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
GCAM003 RESEARCH DISSERTATION Compulsory 60 Year-long

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

On successful completion of the PGDip in Higher Education and a review of a portfolio of work via an accreditation panel, participants may apply to become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (subject to accreditation).

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.