The MA in Academic Practice was developed in response to the Dearing Report (1997) which identified the need for accredited programmes of study which recognised the importance of developing university teachers’ knowledge and skills in their roles as teachers.
Teaching is not merely a set of practical skills but complex interaction between knowledge, theories, values and emotions demanding substantial engagement by the learner. The programme, therefore, can be seen to follow in the tradition of John Dewey, who challenged Cartesian dualism, positing instead a philosophy that puts process at the centre of education, based on a view of human potential for growth and achieved through experience and reflection.
Mode of study: Part time
The modules to be studied during the course of the MA can be seen below. To gain the full MA all modules needs to be taken, although it is possible to exit with a PG Certificate or PG Diploma as indicated:
2 x 30 credit modules
2 x 30 credit modules
1 x 60 credit module
* All module titles are correct at time of print.
Participants will have an undergraduate degree and, usually, a postgraduate qualification. They will be actively engaged in the delivery of post-compulsory education.
The programme is taught in English. Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5, TOEFL paper based 560, TOEFL ibt 83 or other equivalent recognised English qualifications.
This programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and is intended for university teacher practitioners who have a substantive role in learning and teaching. The objectives of this programme are based upon the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) as defined by the Higher Education Academy. The UK PSF is a flexible framework which uses a descriptor-based approach to professional standards. The Framework considers areas of professional activity, core knowledge and professional values, which provide a reference point for institutions and individuals as well as supporting ongoing development.
The course aims to offer a professional programme that develops university teaching practitioners’ theoretical understanding, knowledge and practice of learning and teaching in higher education; to enhance the quality of the participants’ learning experiences and to provide a basis for their continuing professional development as practitioners; to enhance the participants’ employability in the field of learning and teaching in higher education; and, to promote and champion the importance of a sound pedagogical understanding of learning and teaching in a higher education context.