Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Master’s Programme (Two -Year)

Programme - second cycle - 120 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2020

Programme Code:
LAHPT revision 1
Swedish name:
Högskolepedagogik, masterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
14 October 2019
Date of ratification:
24 May 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020

Entry requirements

General entry requirements: first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits.
Specific entry requirements:
at least three years of documented experience of teaching at higher education level, or working with skills development in at an equivalent organisation (for example, Swedish Customs, the Swedish Police Authority, Swedish Armed Forces), or successful completion of courses comprising at least 60 credits in one of the following subjects: Education pedagogy, educational sciences, work with teaching and education or other subject in the behavioural sciences, in addition to English 6.

Organisation

The two-year Master’s programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education offers teaching staff active in higher education and equivalent organisations to deepen their knowledge in the research field of higher education. The programme can be linked to the student’s individual teaching activities and organisation, and enable them to develop their skills through the use of scholarly methods.
The programme intends to educate teachers for universities and higher education institutions and provide them with the relevant skills to teach students, and so they will be able to contribute to sustainable development in their future activities and organisations. Important elements to these skills include education for internationalisation, gender equality, widened participation, and sustainable development. The programme provides in-depth knowledge of learning theories, teaching methods, and student learning in higher education. As part of the programme, students will learn how to identify central concepts within the field of adult education, and present central aspects of research into adult learning.
Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to apply research-based approaches to the use of their skills in, for example, critical analyses of educational environments and strategic organisational development. Successful completion of the programme will create the foundations for several career paths both within and outside of academia, in addition to third-cycle studies.
Specialisation
Teaching and learning in higher education addresses how adult students acquire knowledge within the framework of higher education. Theories of adult learning and didactics for adults in higher education link to life-long learning to form the core of the main field of study. Central concepts of higher education, such as teaching in academia, teaching and learning environments, collaboration, and professional development will be examined. Furthermore, concepts in adult and higher education such as action research, research circles and reflective supervision will be explored. The programme also addresses matters regarding approaches to teaching, and methods for teaching at university or higher education level. Students will be able to adopt a profile based on subject discipline and organisation.
Methods
Group work, independent study, writing and peer-response can be combined with lectures and seminars on campus. These may be live-streamed, hence students may have the option to participate on site or online.
The extensive diversity of experiences and perspectives will be utilised, and collegial discussions and exchanges of experiences will be central to the course. Methods will be chosen in consultation with participants, in order to maximise the utilisation of experiences and apply newly-acquired skills in teaching and learning for higher education.
Throughout the programme, there will be the chance to discuss career options, for example in meetings with representatives from various professions both within and outside of academia.
The programme will be linked to practice and profession, and students will write academic papers exploring questions that have arisen during professional activities within higher education. A development project closely linked to practice forms a compulsory component. Each compulsory course will include a practical element in which students will become critical friends to their peers.

Content

The two-year Master’s programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education comprises 120 credits,
of which at least 82.5 credits are to be in teaching and learning in higher education, and comprise an independent project related to teaching and learning in higher education worth 30 credits.
Semester 1
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Knowledge Field and Research, 7.5 credits (HP701E) compulsory
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Scientific Theoretical Traditions and Methodologies, 7.5 credits (HP702E) compulsory
Semester 2
15 credits of elective courses.
Semester 3
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Educating for Widening Participation and Inclusion, 7.5 credits (HP703E) compulsory
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Theoretical perspectives on research within higher education, 7.5 credits. Compulsory
Semester 4
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Thesis I, 15 credits (HP705E)
alternatively
15 credits of elective courses.
Semester 5
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Research Methodologies and Research Design, 7.5 credits. Compulsory
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Practical development project, 7.5 credits. Compulsory
Semester 6
Elective course, 7.5 credits.
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Research Overwiew, 7.5 credits. Compulsory
Semester 7 + 8
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Independent project, 30 credits,
alternatively
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Independent project II, 15 credits and 15 credits of elective courses.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2020:
Autumn 2020 - Semester 1
Spring 2021 - Semester 2
  • -
Autumn 2021 - Semester 3
Spring 2022 - Semester 4
Autumn 2022 - Semester 5
  • -
Spring 2023 - Semester 6
  • -
Autumn 2023 - Semester 7
  • -
Spring 2024 - Semester 8
  • -

Learning outcomes

Second-cycle courses and study programmes shall be based fundamentally on the knowledge acquired by students during first-cycle courses and study programmes, or its equivalent. Second-cycle courses and study programmes shall involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to first-cycle courses and study programmes, and in addition to the requirements for first-cycle courses and study programmes shall:
- further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
- develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work.
Extract from the Swedish Higher Education Act

Objectives for the Degree of Master
Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (two-year) the student shall
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
- demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.
Competence and skills
For a Degree of Master (two-year) the student shall
- demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information,
- demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work,
— demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
- demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master (two-year) the student shall
- demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.
Extract from the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).

Degree of Master.
Upon completion of the programme, the requirements for the Degree of Master (two-year) will be fulfilled.
Malmö University will issue a degree certificate upon application. The degree certificate will state the
titles
Masterexamen med huvudområde högskolepedagogik (120 högskolepoäng)
Degree of Master of Arts (120 credits) with a Major in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Other Information

The respective course syllabuses state the entry requirements necessary to progress through the programme.
Language of instruction: English.
If applicable, examination tasks may be completed in Swedish.
This is a translation of the original Swedish text