Teaching in Lifelong Learning (Top-up) MA

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

Duration

1 year part-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

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 4th in the country for Education in the Guardian University Guide to Higher Education 2018. This puts our education programmes amongst the very best in the UK along with Cambridge, Durham, Reading and Birmingham. 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.

Outstanding teaching, access to our wide ranging professional networks, plus the latest research findings all help to ensure our students are equipped with knowledge and skills needed within the workplace. Many of our courses are also offered on a flexible full or part-time basis to ensure you’re able to work towards your qualification around your existing commitments.By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focussed on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and successful as possible.

Dr Wayne Bailey

Dr Wayne Bailey, Associate Dean (International)

Course detail

Dissertation

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.

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.

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 one Saturday plus directed study per module. You'll receive individual support from your research supervisor.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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • an Honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or equivalent award, 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 an appropriate level of understanding of educational research methods
  • have 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.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


A postgraduate qualification is a great way to stand out from your colleagues and position yourself for a promotion or pursue a career change.  In fact, here at Huddersfield, 94.8% of our postgraduates find employment or go onto further study within six months of graduating.  9 in 10 of them go onto work in professional or managerial roles.

* DHLE survey 2014/15

94.8% postgraduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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