Higher and Professional Education (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, April, October

International course fees
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All study options

About Higher and Professional Education at University College London (UCL)

This masters degree will:

  • give you critical insight into the changing field of higher and professional education
  • reflect on important debates in the field including the purpose and nature of universities, funding, internationalisation, professionalism and professional education, new technologies and modes of learning, partnerships and formations, access and widening participation, management, quality, and teaching and learning
  • develop your understanding of conceptual and analytical frameworks in professional practices and processes
  • increase your knowledge, skills and confidence to operate effectively and creatively in diverse institutions.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • study for an interdisciplinary, inter-professional qualification
  • examine higher and professional education policies and practices in relation to your own personal and professional experience
  • engage with different ideas, concepts, values and practices.
Who is this programme for?

Lecturers, researchers and teachers; managers and administrators; professionals in medicine, healthcare, architecture and the arts; widening participation officers; and policy-makers for universities, colleges, national organisations and professional bodies.

Entry requirements

A good first degree and, normally, relevant professional experience.

Core topics
  • Innovation and change in higher and professional education
  • Lifelong learning; theories and perspectives.
Related topics
  • Education for the professions
  • Education policy
  • Education research.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face evening sessions. Attendance may vary depending on your choice of optional modules.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • university governance and quality assurance manager
  • assistant director at a national quality assurance organisation
  • government policy adviser for education.
More information

Academic papers, written by students on this programme, based on their dissertation work, can be read in volume 7 of the online journal Reflection Education.


Core modules
  • Innovation and Change in Higher and Professional Education
  • Lifelong Learning: Theories and Perspectives
Recommended modules
  • Education for the Professions
  • Understanding Education Policy
  • Understanding Education Research

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsJanuary, April, OctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree and, normally, relevant professional experience.

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