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Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

This course focuses on your professional development as a practitioner in higher education.
Group of School of Education postgraduates

Course description

This course provides professional development training for university lecturers and other staff who support teaching and learning in higher education.

Throughout, we encourage you to explore innovation and change in university teaching by engaging in scholarly debates on educational theory and practice. You'll also learn about research methodologies and techniques.

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning support practices in higher education. Taught modules cover different aspects of contemporary practice, with a focus on educational change, assessment, curriculum and learning technologies. After studying the modules, you'll work with your supervisor to complete a dissertation.


You’re welcome to contact the course director Tim Herrick for an initial discussion.

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Core modules

  • Module 1: Teaching, Learning and the Changing Nature of Higher Education
  • Module 2: Assessing Learning
  • Module 3: Curriculum in Higher Education
  • Module 4: Critical Reflections on Pedagogic Practice

Plus: Dissertation (Teaching and Learning for University)


This course is research led. You will:

  • read about educational theory
  • write about educational practice – share ideas on teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • discuss ideas and practices with other students and course tutors.

Throughout the course you’ll work closely with your peers and tutors in a supportive environment so that you can reflect on and develop your practice.


You’ll be assessed on a portfolio of work. You’ll build this portfolio as the course progresses, and with guidance from course tutors.

The portfolio might contain reflective or creative writing, examples of teaching and analysis, samples of students' evaluations, and comments on readings. The portfolio elements are usually written but we’ll consider other formats.

You can also carry out small-scale empirical investigations on the course and then report on these in your portfolio.

All forms of assessment need to be equivalent to 6,000 words.

To complete the masters you’ll need to do four modules and a dissertation.

  • MEd: four modules and a dissertation
  • Diploma: four modules
  • Certificate: two modules


  • MEd: 2 to 3 years part-time
  • Diploma: 2 years part-time
  • Certificate: 1 year part-time
The course has provided me with the opportunity to reflect on my practice in a way I wouldn't and couldn’t have imagined. I am an experienced teacher and yet had not recognised the usefulness of reflecting on practice in a supportive and systematic way within a group process and responding to new (new to me) educational writing.

Alison M McCamley
MEd Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

As I was already a senior research fellow a number of years at Sheffield, I had the opportunity to diversify my skills by undertaking the MEd. My expectation was to use the course as a stepping stone for a move from research to an academic career. The outcome was a lifelong engagement with educational research and enquiry that has enriched all aspects of my teaching and hopefully the learning of my students.

Dr Plato Kapranos
MEd Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Entry requirements

You will need to be a graduate or have gained educational qualifications. Or you will need to demonstrate your capacity to work at masters level and meet the demands of the course.

If you have already successfully completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning at another higher education institution and you have 30 or 60 CATS points, you’ll be able to register for the MEd or the postgraduate diploma. (We’ll give you credit for the first module, or the first and second modules.)

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Dr Tim Herrick
Programme Director, School of Education
+44 114 222 8177

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.