This programme is only suitable for those whose role entails educating others - and for some of the modules additional experience may be required. Research students at City, University of London who are required to teach are also eligible to attend and complete certain modules.
MA Academic Practice is a part-time postgraduate taught programme combining theory, practice, and the use of reflection to enable you to develop your teaching skills and educational knowledge for your role in Higher Education. The programme is primarily aimed at staff (internal or external to City, University of London) with an educating or facilitating role with students.
A key characteristic of the programme involves learning by working with peers, as well as through engagement with a number of educational technologies.
The programme is open for application by staff at City, as well as external colleagues. To apply you should have a role that requires you to teach and facilitate student learning. You should normally have a first or second class Honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualification).
In order to undertake the assessments, you will also need experience of regular teaching or facilitation activity (part-time teaching is sufficient). This does not apply if you wish to only undertake a module on an attendance only basis (i.e. without being assessed or awarded a qualification).
Internal applicants are required to provide line-manager approval with their application. External applicants are required to submit two references with (or shortly after) their application.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
For more information see our main Visa page.
If the Years 2 & 3 are applied for together, the fee is reduced to £2,300 in total for the two years.
All fees are waived for any City, University of London staff (including visiting lecturers) and current City PhD students. We are also able to offer a 25% reduction of fees for all staff from other member institutions of the University of London – although City staff will receive preference in the event of any capacity constraints.
£600 (15 credits)|
£1000 (30 credits e.g. TEAP)
£1200 (15 credits)|
£2000 (30 credits e.g. TEAP)
|Part Time Programme (Year 1)||£2000||£4000|
|Part Time Programme (Year 2)||£2000||£4000|
|Part Time Programme (Year 2 and 3)||£2300||£4600|
|Part Time Programme (Year 3 Dissertation Module)||£600||£1200|
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
This programme provides maximum flexibility in terms of you engaging with it.
Study is part-time and each module usually consists of between 2 and 6 days teaching spread across one or two terms. In addition, modules include a range of online activities and assessments.
For each module of the programme, there is a Module Leader and normally a larger team involved in the provision of each module.
There are different teaching arrangements for each module, depending on the type and size of the module. Most of the modules involve a set of four teaching days. Research based modules comprise less formal teaching and more supervision.
Independent study is included in all modules and and accounts for:
All students are required to attend the first day of teaching, otherwise they will be removed from the module.
After completing the first day of teaching, students then can only miss one of the remaining days of teaching for each module. If a student misses more than one day, they will be removed from the module. The module EDM112 (Professional & Personal Development Planning) is the only exception to this, where all days must be attended.
This is a single module programme, comprising the Learning, Teaching and Assessment module. Suitable for individuals for who have just entered into their teaching career or for whom teaching is a minor, rather than a major, part of their role. The module is introductory and suitable for all who undertake any facilitation of student learning.
This is a part time programme. There are two routes for obtaining this qualification, both consisting of 60 credits. These routes are suitable for individuals new or relatively new to higher education for whom teaching is a major part of their role. The postgraduate certificate can usually be completed in one or two years.
This is a part time programme, usually completed over two or more years. This qualification can also be taken following the technology enabled route. The second stage modules are intended for more experienced staff or individuals who have satisfactorily completed the first year of the programme; or who have been able to enter the second year through AP(E)L (accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning). Students must gain 120 credits for this qualification.
If you have successfully completed the requirements for either the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice or the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (Technology Enabled) and would like to pursue a research project in educational research or disseminate a project they have done, the dissertation module (EDM114) may be undertaken. With the requirements of Years 1, 2 and 3 met, you are entitled to the qualification of MA Academic Practice, this being the only qualification available at full Master's level.
Professional & Personal Development Planning (EDM112; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Learning, Teaching & Assessment (EDM120; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Curriculum Development & Evaluation (EDM106; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Researching Higher Education (EDM109; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Technology Enabled Academic Practice (EDM116; 30 Level 7 Credits)
Student Support & Personal Tutoring (EDM118; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Research Supervision (EDM119; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Developing Leadership and Your Reflective Practice (EDM121; 30 Level 7 Credits)
Digital Literacies and Open Practices (in Higher Education) (EDM122; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Enhancing Your Academic Practice (EDM123; 15 Level 7 Credits)
Educational Research Project & Publication (EDM114; 60 Level 7 Credits)
Completion of this module is a core requirement for the Master's level qualification.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
The programme is part time and so usually those of you who come have careers within education and already have teaching and facilitation responsibilities for students. This programme is designed to support your existing role as a lecturer, however the programme will provide you with new ideas and approaches that will support your development and enhance your profile when seeking promotion with the professional recognition of the programme.
In order to gain Higher Education Academy Fellowship recognition, you must be working in Higher Education.
Please note that the HEA will charge a £150 fee for HEA Fellowship for individuals applying for professional recognition via accredited provision, who are not employed by a subscribing institution. Please seek advice from the programme team if this impacts on your recognition.
There are two points of recognition on this programme:
Please note that eligibility for either associate fellowship or fellowship will depend on your role, and the scope of this role in relation to teaching and supporting learning.
For anyone who is wishing to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a teacher you need to undertake the postgraduate certificate academic practice route and successfully achieve the requirements of this and meet the NMC requirements.
In order to apply for this route you must:
In addition to the requirements of the programme you will be required to undertake assessed teaching activity to include experience in both academic and practice settings, at least equivalent to a minimum of 12 weeks (or 360 hours), with students studying an NMC approved programme which you will record in a teaching log.
For further guidance about applying for the programme with NMC recognition please contact Prof Pam Parker via email or phone 020 7040 3047 and see the guidance by the NMC in the document Standards to Support learning and assessment in practice NMC standards for mentors, practice teachers and teachers published in 2008 which is on the NMC website.