Innovation in Learning and Teaching MA
MA Innovation in Learning and Teaching
If you've achieved Fellowship of the HEA, you're looking to progress in your higher education career and you want to shape the future of HE, this Innovation in Learning and Teaching Master's is the perfect next step.
This course provides those already in academic roles the additional skills and experience needed to hold more senior position, and apply for the Advance HE Senior or Principal Fellowship (SFHEA/PFHEA).
Measures introduced by systems such as TEF have highlighted the importance of innovative, student-focused teaching in higher education. This course allows you to adjust your teaching focus accordingly, so you can better address the needs and abilities of students.
You'll learn enhanced higher education teaching practices, including creative pedagogies and different approaches to teaching by distance learning. You'll also be able to further specialise your study through an optional major project.
This part-time course has a flexible approach to accommodate your existing professional commitments. You can study this course entirely through distance learning, or with some elements taught face-to-face. You'll also be credited with 60 RPL Masters credits for your FHEA, so you'll already have achieved 1/3 of your degree before you begin.
When you complete the course, you'll be ready to further your career in higher education teaching, with a fresh set of knowledge and skills that you've already put into practice in your role.
MA Innovation in Learning and Teaching Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- Course members will have achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or equivalent.
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Innovation in Learning and Teaching Master's, you'll:
- Learn innovative teaching skills, such as new approaches to online and face-to-face collaborative learning, and incorporate them into your professional practice
- Stay up-to-date with current HE best practice, such as the TEF-led focus on innovative, student-focused teaching approaches, and by critically assessing key issues in the sector, such as the BAME Award gap
- Shape the course to the needs of your teaching role
- Spend your time and fees with greater efficiency than a traditional Master's degree, having already achieved 1/3 of your degree through RPL credits awarded for your FHEA
- Take a module which specifically prepares you for Senior or Principal Fellowship, depending on your role and experience, through the APEX Programme delivered in collaboration with our Department of Curriculum Quality and Enhancement (DCQE)
- Choose to specialise in your passion through your major project
- Fit your studies around your professional role with distance learning and the option of some face-to-face teaching
Careers and opportunities
You'll graduate with a more innovative teaching skill set applied directly to your HE practice, in addition you'll have opportunities to progress through levels of Advance HE, and create impact in key sector drivers which may support future career aspirations, whether in higher education institutions or other areas of professional practice.
Roles you could go onto work in when you graduate include:
- Senior lecturer
- Senior teaching fellow
- University management
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll start the course with 60 RPL credits through your fellowship of the HEA.
You need to study a further 120 credits to achieve an MA.
Core modules in this year include:
- Transformative Learning and Teaching
- Transformative Leadership in Higher Education
- Major project: innovation and transformation in HE
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Pre-recorded lectures (online)
- Live lectures (online)
- Seminars (face-to-face, optionally online)
The teaching team are all in senior lecturer or more senior positions, with SFHEA and course leadership experience or similar.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- Written essays
- Reflective exercises on practical work
- A Major project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
How you'll spend your time
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 8 hours a week studying for your Innovation in Learning and Teaching Master's.
You'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 2 hours a week.
The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work. You'll also develop and try out new teaching practices within your existing role.
An academic year is divided into 3 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 (includes Christmas break) – September to January
- Assessment period 1 – early January to early February
- Teaching block 2 (includes Easter break) – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
- Teaching block 3 – June to September
Extra learning support
You'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.
Learning development tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
All fees subject to annual increase.
UK / Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
- Distance learning part time (2 years): £2,480 per year
- Distance learning part time (2 years): £2,480 per year (including Transition Scholarship)
- Distance learning part time (2 years): £2,480 per year
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
If you choose to study via distance learning, you'll need to cover the cost of optional campus visits. These visits could be for face-to-face meetings, of for the showcase at the end of the course.
Start your application by following the link below:
January 2022 start
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