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MA/PGDip/PGCert in the Management of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

  • Length
    1 year full-time or 2-5 years part-time
  • Department
    Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLIC)

Course overview

This programme's innovative international curriculum will allow staff who teach in higher education institutions to improve their teaching by exploring learning and teaching theory and reflecting on their own academic practice.

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group discussions and one-to-one tutoring, with the emphasis on peer support through collaborative group working.

All modules are taught by a range of academic staff, to provide a range of expertise and interests. Methods include action learning, problem-based learning, and work-based learning.

The Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are exit qualifications, and so where relevant are awarded to qualifying students who do not go on to work towards the MA. The Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching is also accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy to Fellowship level.

Anyone currently teaching in Higher Education can participate in this award. 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Mary Claire Halvorson, Director of Professional Development

Modules & structure

Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of four modules, each worth 15 credits: 

  • Introduction to Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education
  • Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Developing as a Reflective Practitioner
  • Academic Practitioner Research

The Postgraduate Diploma level consists of two 30 credit modules. One is a core module, Innovative Curriculum Development, addressing module design, international curriculum, disciplinary curriculum models, transferable skills and quality assurance and evaluation. The other module is chosen from three options delivered by the Department of Educational Studies (Diaspora, Race, Culture and Education, Masculinities, Femininities and Identities in Education or Researching Culture, Language and Identity in Education).

The MA level consists of a dissertation on a topic related to the management of learning and teaching in higher education, decided by the student in agreement with the course coordinator.

The programmes are delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group discussions and one-to-one tutoring, with the emphasis on peer support through collaborative group working.

All modules are taught by a range of academic staff, to provide a range of expertise and interests. Methods include action learning, problem-based learning, and work-based learning.

Assessment

Each Postgraduate Certificate (15 credit module) is assessed by a 2,000-word piece of writing. Postgraduate Diploma Level modules are assessed through longer written pieces, and the MA Level through a dissertation. In addition, to receive the Postgraduate Certificate, you will need to have had two sessions of teaching observation.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Department

Scholarly, informed and principled guidance relating to learning and teaching

Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLIC)

Providing qualifications in the management of learning and teaching in higher education.

Find out more about the Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLIC). 

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

You should currently be teaching in Higher Education. 

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees & funding

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Find out more about tuition fees.

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