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PGDip & MEd in Higher Education Studies

Higher Education Studies Programmes

Are you looking to build on your understanding of teaching and learning in higher education given the challenges of transformation and decolonisation of the curriculum in current times? Are you feeling challenged by the changes you feel you have to make but not sure how to go about it? Do you want to engage more deeply in the practice of teaching, conducting research or advancing your own knowledge of educational practice in higher education?

Well, you may want to consider one of the Higher Education Studies (HES) programmes at the University of Cape Town. We offer the PGDip (coursework only) and Master’s by coursework/ dissertation. Most classes take place in the afternoon once a week to accommodate working students. The programmes are not offered in distance or block release format. 

For the PGDip you need to have completed a Bachelors level university qualification and have experience of teaching in higher education. The programme uses a reflection on practice model so it is important that participants have a classroom to use to apply what is learnt on the programme.  The PGDip consists of 3 core and one elective courses.

For the Masters Programme, applicants need to have completed a PGDip or Honours level programme that has included a research project.  Applicants need to have achieved at least 65% average for the PGDip/Honours.  The masters programme consists of 3 core and one elective module, and a Minor Dissertation.
The main courses offered for the Higher Education Stream are the following: 

EDN4504F: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) (core for PGDip and Masters)
EDN4505S: Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation Practice (core for PGDip)
EDN4510S: Curriculum and Course Design in Higher Education (core for PGDip)
EDN5511F: Researching Higher Education (elective for Masters and PGDip)
EDN5514F: Knowledge and Curriculum in Higher Education (core for Masters)
EDN5505F/S: Advanced Research Design (core for masters)

The Learning and Teaching in Higher Education course is the foundation and core course for both the PGDIP and Masters programmes. It also serves as a course of choice for university teachers who take it for non-degree purposes.  The LTHE is based on coursework with 5 mini assignments based on classroom practice. Classes take place in the late afternoon (2 hourly) once a week to accommodate working students. 

For information about the PGDip please contact the convenor Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak ( )
For the Master’s programme please contact the convenor: Prof Suellen Shay (