This programme is unique in its ambition to intertwine theories, practice-based knowledge and research in higher education with professional development in teaching.

Marie Leijon, programme coordinator

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

Summary

If you want to deepen your understanding of educational research and increase your own teaching competence with a scholarly approach, the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education master’s programme is a good option. In the programme, you will get a more scholarly approach to your teaching profession. This includes the ability to critically investigate and analyse teaching and strategically develop an organisation. This competence leap will qualify you for more skilled professional assignments and expand your opportunities to participate in academic dialogue.


Studying at a 50 per cent pace allows you to work alongside your studies. This programme offers you a path to career development within higher education or adult education in related fields. The programme is suitable for people who are already working in higher education or a related field, or have at least 60 credits of coursework in educational or behavioural sciences.

Admission 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.

Selection:

credits 100%

About

The Teaching and Learning in Higher Education master´s programme is designed to provide students with the teaching skills necessary to meet future challenges in higher education. It is the first English-taught master’s programme in Sweden with a focus on teaching for higher education. The programme is part of an active research environment at Malmö University focussing on higher education.

The curriculum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of pedagogy of higher education and this focus shapes the courses and reading lists. The courses address themes such as student-centred teaching, teaching of heterogeneous student groups, challenge-based learning, and the digitalisation and internationalisation of higher education.

The programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of learning theories, teaching methods and adult learning. This also includes the ability to critically analyse learning environments and engage in strategic organisational development efforts. You will learn about central concepts within the field of higher education and related research.

The programme is also closely tied to practice and profession. As a student, you will use your own work experiences as a starting point to investigate and examine differences in teaching environments. 

Flexibility to meet the needs of professionals

The programme is developed to be suitable for its professional students. The study pace is half speed (50 per cent). By utilising a full range of digital tools, such as live streaming and webinars, students have the option to participate online, on campus, or both. This allows you to arrange your participation in lectures, seminars and discussions depending on when and where you work.

The programme (120 credits) includes advanced courses (at least 60 credits) as well as a master’s thesis (30 credits) in pedagogy of higher education. The programme also includes developmental projects based on your current professional role.

Who can apply

To be eligible you need to have a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience, either from teaching in higher education or from working with competence or skills development in academia. You are also eligible if you have at least 60 credits of coursework in either educational or behavioural sciences.

Eligible Swedish applicants can also include professionals working with adult education in public sector organisations, such as the police, defence, customs, vocational schools, and komvux.

Networking and post-graduation opportunities

During the programme, you will have opportunities to network with and explore employment opportunities with representatives from different professions and organisations within and outside of academia.

Employment opportunities, open for graduates who wish to continue in academia, primarily include advancing in their teaching careers or moving into managerial positions, such as Director of Studies, Head of Department, Deputy Vice-Chancellor or Dean. However, a master’s degree in teaching and learning for higher education also opens up employment in other public and private organisations focussed on adult pedagogical development.

A path to your PhD

The programme also allows you to pursue doctoral studies in research fields related to learning and personal development in higher education, such as didactics, pedagogy and pedagogical practice. The programme is offered by the Malmö University Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Faculty of Learning and Society but is taught by researchers from several different departments and faculties. Examples of ongoing research areas within this field are challenge-based learning, learning environments, academic literacy, academic professional development, teacher and supervisor roles in higher education, and inclusive pedagogy.

 

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Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2020

Programme Code:
LAHPO revision 1
Swedish name:
Högskolepedagogik, magisterprogram
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 one-year Master’s programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education offers teaching staff active in higher education 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. The programme provides in-depth knowledge of learning theories, teaching methods, and student learning in higher education. Successful completion of the programme will create the foundations for several career paths both within and outside of academia.
Specialisation
Teaching and learning in higher education addresses how adult students acquire knowledge within the framework of higher education. The programme addresses matters regarding approaches to teaching, and methods for teaching at university or higher education level. 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. 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. Academic leadership, teaching environments, collaboration and professional development are central concepts that characterise the programme's main field of study.
Methods
Group work, 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.

Content

The one-year Master’s programme in teaching and learning in higher education is a total of 60 credits, of which at least 45 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 15 credits.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2020:
Autumn 2020 - Semester 1
Spring 2021 - Semester 2
  • See comment below
Autumn 2021 - Semester 3
Spring 2022 - Semester 4
Spring 2021 - Semester 2
15 credits of elective courses.

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 (One-year)
Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (one-year) the student shall
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both an overview of the field and 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 (one-year) the student shall
- demonstrate the ability to 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 autonomously as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames,
— demonstrate the ability in speech and writing to report clearly 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 employment in some other qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master (one-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).

Master (one-year)
Upon completion of the programme, the requirements for the Degree of Master (60 credits) will be fulfilled.
Malmö University will issue a degree certificate upon application. The degree certificate will state the titles:
Magisterexamen med huvudomrade högskolepedagogik (60 högskolepoäng)
Degree of Master of Arts (60 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

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the School of Teacher Education.

Further information

Marie Leijon, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658187
Anita Marttila, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657345

For questions about the programme, please contact:
The Faculty of Learning and Society study guidance office
lsvagledning@mau.se / +46 40 665 7075 (phone hours Mon-Wed 10 am-noon and Thur 1-3 pm)

If you have questions about admissions, requirements or documentation, please contact:
The Admissions Office at Malmö University
admissions@mau.se / +46 40 665 75 00

Application

31 August 2020 Day-time 50% Malmö Application code: mau-06243

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 52500 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 105000 SEK

Open for late application

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30 August 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö