Teaching in Lifelong Learning (Top-up) MA 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
The course is designed to develop deeper intellectual engagement with current issues relating the design, delivery, evaluation and administration of educational programmes in the Lifelong Learning sector. It aims to enhance the professional standing and critical understanding of those working in the sector in a range of professional roles.
The course operates as a Top-up to previous achievement at postgraduate level and requires you to undertake a single 60 credit dissertation module. Previous experience and appropriate level understanding of educational research methods for example, previous achievement in a postgraduate level research methods module, is essential.
You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.
Titles of work undertaken by students on this course have included:
• A case study of youth disaffection at an independent alternative school in North West England.
• A critical evaluation of the efficacy of Restorative Practice (RP) in place at a high school in a northern city in the United Kingdom.
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
1 year part-time
Entry requirements for this course are typically:
• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification.
• A Postgraduate Diploma in Education or equivalent award, such as a PGCE containing 120 credits at Masters level, or a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant field and evidence of successful teaching experience .
In addition you must also:
• Evidence of an appropriate level of understanding of educational research methods
• Experience of teaching, training or working in a relevant organisation in lifelong learning or in a related sector
• Complete a satisfactory interview
We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups. These are the usual entry requirements. We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply. Please contact us to discuss your particular circumstances.
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Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
As this is a Top-up MA, the course consists of a single 60 credit dissertation module. This module involves individual research on a current work-related or contemporary issue or problem in lifelong learning. The process of researching and writing up the dissertation will involve appropriate research design, data collection and analysis, with the interpretation and evaluation of findings reported in such a way as to encourage dissemination.
This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. You'll learn about traditions of educational research; positivism, interpretism and action research and the strengths and challenges of carrying out research in these traditions. This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a piece of research based on a contemporary or work-related issue or problem.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Successful study at this level supports you in your current role, helps give you the confidence to tackle a wide range of workplace challenges and supports you in taking advantage of wider promotional and developmental opportunities.
The course offers a recognised qualification, a broadening of horizons and a chance to pursue particular areas of interest.
Teaching and assessment
As well as induction activities at the beginning of the dissertation module, you'll be allocated a supervisor to provide support and guidance for your research. Materials to support your learning are available electronically through our virtual learning environment. We'll help ensure that your study is work-based.
The pattern of delivery is typically three Saturdays plus directed study per module. The academic year starts in late September and ends in early summer.
Your work will be assessed through a dissertation.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy*.
- permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Who will teach me?
Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Postgraduate Study Fair
For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the Postgraduate Open Day.
Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies, progression onto the following postgraduate programmes may be of interest:
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
Please apply for this course direct via our online application form.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.