The course is a professional degree. It aims to enhance the professional practice of those already employed in the higher education sector or who wish to work there in the future.
The structure of the course enables you to learn about the sector both theoretically and practically, through exposure to the work of current professionals. You will have opportunities to learn from higher education practitioners (academics, students, administrators, managers and leaders), linking their experience and expertise to what is said in lectures and written in literature. This will give you insight into how higher education institutions work. Meeting and networking with grass roots practitioners may also give you opportunities to ask for employment opportunities within specific sections of the sector.
The course enhances transferable skills. Its emphasis on inquiry will equip you with research skills that are sought after in the higher education sector and beyond.
You will be able to increase your opportunities for employment. This will be in both traditional higher education professional roles and in roles such as consultant or researcher for higher education institutions (for example, the Higher Education Academy or the Quality Assurance Agency). Through your understanding of the higher education sector, you should be equipped for work in research councils and educational think tanks.