About Professional Development at University of Huddersfield
This route is intended for staff teaching and facilitating learning in higher education, both full and part-time. Staff teaching higher education in Further Education may also find it a valuable learning and development experience and are welcome to join the programme provided they have some current HE teaching duties.
University of Huddersfield academic staff who are new to the University, and who do not possess a PGCE, UKCC or other recognised teaching qualification are expected to join the programme; this is a requirement of the University's Learning and Teaching Policy.
The award has been designed to provide a range of practical learning experiences to encourage you to develop a reflective and sensitive approach to teaching and learning. The programme aims to develop your expertise in the teaching, learning and assessment of your subject area.
The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, and anyone completing the PCPD will be entitled to full ILT/Academy membership.
There will be many opportunities to discuss issues of importance with other academic staff from a range of subject disciplines; peer support is considered a particularly valuable part of the programme.
This course is subject to validation.
To give busy professionals the flexibility required, you can decide to study for the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the MA. If you decide to take the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma you can still take the option of completing the MA at a later date.
We aim to:
Ensure the course is relevant to current professional development needs
Ensure that the course is relevant to you
Enhance performance in your work and/or professional practice
Provide a platform for research and evaluation
Increase your confidence in your work and working with others
Increase confidence in your professional practice, and
To help you to apply high ethical standards to practice and research.
Intellectually, we aim to:
Integrate your theoretical and practical understanding
Help you engage in critical reflection and analysis
Help you to employ your own learning strategy, and
Help you to apply your learning to your own professional practice.Course StructureThe Higher Education Practice route is part of the MA in Professional Development pathway. This is organised as a framework with clearly identified specialist routes, each of which leads to an award with a specialist sub-title. There are six routes:
Higher Education Practice
Action Research in Teaching and Learning
Post-Compulsory Basic Skills
Disability Studies (flexible learning)
Post-Compulsory Education and Training.
The programme has staged awards available on all routes as follows:
Postgraduate Certificate, 60 credits.
Postgraduate Diploma, 120 credits.
MA, 180 credits.
The final 60 credits for the MA are gained from a dissertation of approximately 12,500 to 15,000 words.Postgraduate Certificate in Higher EducationCompulsory modules
Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Supporting and Assessing Students in Higher EducationPostgraduate DiplomaCompulsory module
Methods of Enquiry
Supervision of Postgraduate Research
Introducing ICT into the Learning Environment
Effective Management - Teams and Resources
Managing Curriculum and Service Quality
Learning, Participation and DiversityMaster of ArtsDissertation
Module availability may change from year to yearAttendancePost Graduate CertificateThere is a three-day induction programme in September, followed by group meetings on (most) Friday afternoons. There may be a January intake, subject to numbers.Post Graduate DiplomaAttendance on three Saturdays, plus directed study.Further StudiesIt is possible to study for MPhil/PhD or Ed D following the completion of the MA.Entrance RequirementsYou need to have an Honours degree or professional equivalent, although non-standard entrants will be considered. You also need to have basic computer literacy skills and access to a computer for the use of e-mail and the internet.
You need to be in full or part-time employment in higher education, or involved in the teaching of higher education courses in further education.
Careers advisors, learning centre and technical support staff who have some involvement in teaching are encouraged to discuss their situation with the admissions tutor.