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This strand of the M.Ed. in Higher Education is designed for academics teaching in higher education. The Higher Education course is intended to support academics (including postdoctoral staff), who are new to teaching in higher education and more experienced colleagues who wish to consolidate, develop and enrich their own practice. [please click here for further details (PDF)]

The Higher Education course follows a growing trend within higher education institutions to provide academics with a structured approach to enhance their work as educators. The course will be particularly attractive to those who wish to earn formal recognition for a more studied approach to their teaching.

This course offers an opportunity for continuing professional development to academic colleagues, supporting teaching and learning activity both in Trinity College and more widely across the higher education sector. The course encourages colleagues to learn from each other in an environment of reflection, peer review and shared analysis. It will also be attractive to academic staff, who wish to deepen their critical understanding of the policies, philosophy and sociology of higher education.

Who is the course for?

The course is open to academic staff at all levels within the higher education system, as well as appropriately qualified professionals who aim to pursue an academic career. Postdoctoral or contract researchers who have a strong interest in developing expertise in the theory and practice of education are welcome to apply.


The taught component contains four modules, with each module containing approximately 25 hours of contact time. Students will be involved in practice focused workshops and seminars that address both critical and theoretical studies of pedagogy and practice in higher education.

Typically, students take the four course modules over two years. The third year is devoted to the completion of a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. Typically, the dissertation is carried out using a practitioner action research approach. The course is designed with an exit point on completion of the four taught modules. Students exiting at this point can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

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Last updated 11 September 2017