Professional Practice in Higher Education

Bath Spa University

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How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 6800

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 12500

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About Professional Practice in Higher Education at Bath Spa University

Please note, although full time fees are shown, we are currently only accepting applications for part time study.

The Professional Practice in Higher Education (PPHE) programme will help you, as a staff member or research student, to meet the key challenges of working in the rapidly changing world of higher education.

These challenges – of teaching, supporting student learning, employability, sustainability, new technologies, team management, enterprise, quality assurance and external accountability – range across the whole business of higher education, and can rarely be addressed in isolation. They raise many questions about how best to enhance teaching and research within particular contexts, and about how managers and administrators can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current practices, not least in terms of addressing students' needs and aspirations, enriching their learning experiences, and raising the enduring value of their learning outcomes.By sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise about our professional practices we can both deepen our understanding of the challenges we face and realise opportunities to make improvements through innovations and the adoption of best practices.


The programme is based upon a credit system; you’ll select modules and patterns of study to suit your needs and interests. All modules are credit rated and lead to the following qualifications:

• MA degree: 180 credits; 120 acquired for the PG Dip plus 60 for a Research Project/Dissertation;

• Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits acquired from any combination of modules;

• Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits acquired from any combination of modules.

Most modules (subject to availability) can be taken in any order and in any combination, though we would advise new teachers to include the 'Teaching and Learning in Higher Education' module among their initial options. The Master's Project or Dissertation should be taken on completion of the PG Diploma. Tutorials will be available to help you plan your course of study.

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Most modules are delivered through three – four half-day sessions, including mini-lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations, supported where appropriate by online discussions and activities. Throughout the programme, you’ll be supported by individual and small-group tutorials.


Assessment for all modules is by coursework, based upon the completion of assignments designed to promote understanding, enhancement and/or application of professional practices in higher education.


The PPHE programme is designed to support the development of all academic and professional staff, teaching, managing or supporting HE students, at a time when evidence of professional development is increasingly expected of all staff, not least for new appointments and promotions.

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