Higher Education (PDip)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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About Higher Education at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

This programme offers an opportunity for Higher Education (HE) professionals to deepen their understanding of principles, theoretical concepts and the policy context of HE.

Practice-based specialist modules are combined with modules supporting the development of research skills, culminating in a dissertation for the MA. The emphasis throughout is on a critical understanding of the HE context and its implications for academic work in the 21st century.


2 years part-time

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • current policy issues in higher education in its broadest sense
  • principles, concepts and theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of higher education
  • the implications of policy and theoretical perspectives for practice in higher education
  • research methods appropriate to the study of higher education
  • concepts of professionalism in higher education.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • the ability to locate and critically evaluate relevant data, such as research materials and texts
  • the ability to critically reflect on practice in context
  • the ability to exercise initiative in planning and conducting research (pure and for applied  practice) and communicate the results of that research to broader communities, both specialist and non-specialists

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • analysing current policy issues in higher education and their implications for higher education contexts and practices
  • showing an understanding of different conceptual bases of higher education, including differing interpretations of its nature and purposes
  • critically evaluating the broader context of principles, policies and processes and  their impact on practice
  • developing an area of specialist study in the field of higher education
  • designing, developing and executing a research project.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • organising and managing your own learning
  • developing an understanding of a range of approaches and beliefs that inform higher education policy and practice
  • developing the capacity to communicate research clearly and coherently (speech and writing) to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

This programme aims to:

  • develop your knowledge and skills by focusing on principles, concepts and theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of higher education (HE)
  • develop your capacity to analyse the implications of principles and policy for HE contexts and practice
  • enable you to design, execute and communicate the results of a research project in your specialist area of study.

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Entry requirements

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What students think about University of Kent

    Inspirational teaching - Patrique Tanque from Brazil is studying for a BSc in Forensic Chemistry.

    “Choosing Kent was an easy decision. The forensic programmes are ranked among the best in the UK and have a high graduate employment rate.

    “The teachers bring fresh ideas and up-to-date materials from real cases to enrich the lectures. They are keen to help out and always make sure we are getting plenty of support.

    “I was very fortunate to be awarded an International Scholarship, which meant I could dedicate myself to my studies.”

    Academic excellence - Stephanie Bourgeois from France is studying for a BSc in Biochemistry.

    “I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

    “The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

    Specialist research - Sally Gao from China is studying for a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

    “I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

    “Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

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