City, University of London

City, University of London

Academic Practice

The overall aim of the programme is to combine theory, practice, and the use of reflection to enable students to develop their teaching skills and educational knowledge. It is a part-time programme, comprising a wide range of modules based on areas including (but not limited to); learning, teaching and assessment; student support and personal tutoring; curriculum development, the use of technologies in higher education; leading change in higher education; mentoring; and the undertaking of educational research. It is primarily aimed at staff (internal or external to the University) with a lecturing, teaching, or facilitating role with students.

Entry requirements

The programme is open for application by staff at the University, as well as external colleagues. 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

Course modules

Modules include: curriculum development and evaluation (15 level 7 credits): focuses on curriculum models and philosophy, approaches to developing and evaluating curricula and stakeholder engagement. Educational research project and publication (60 level 7 credits): allows participants the opportunity to undertake a genuine piece of educational research, with the guidance of a supervisor. Information and communication technology in higher education (15 level 7 credits): examines the impact of ICT on teaching and learning, research and policy in UK higher education. Leading change in higher education (15 level 7 credits): provides a critical overview of theories and approaches in educational leadership, as well as practice-based guidance from academic leaders. Learning, teaching and assessment (15 level 7 credits): this is the baseline module for the MAAP programme, and introduces participants to key educational issues: learning, teaching, assessment, feedback, and plagiarism prevention. Mentoring (15 level 7 credits): incorporates a creative approach, considers mentoring theory and practice in higher education, and makes comparisons with related activities such as coaching and counselling. Professional and personal development planning (15 level 7 credits): encourages the development of a series of reflective activities through the use of an e-portfolio. It also provides opportunities for peer observation of teaching. Educational research methods (15 level 7 credits): it provides guidance and practice in drawing up a proposal for educational research, and identifies key research methods. Research supervision (15 level 7 credits): designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to supervise students undertaking masters and doctoral level research projects. Student support and personal tutoring (15 level 7 credits): examines the range of support techniques needed for students in contemporary higher education, with a particular focus on the role of the personal tutor. Technology enabled academic practice (30 level 7 credits): this new module provides a larger scale examination of how technology can be used to develop all aspects of academic practice. It offers the opportunity to develop expertise in the area of online and blended learning and to become effective users and evaluators of a wide range of educational technologies.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Certificate Part-time - 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7040 5060