The Institute for Work Based Learning

Flexible learning in the workplace

The Institute for Work Based Learning is internationally recognised for innovation and expertise in professional and work-based learning. The Institute offers organisations and individuals the opportunity to gain formal recognition and academic credit for learning that occurs in the workplace. We create higher education programmes (from certificate through to doctorate level) where participants focus their learning on their workplace activities – enhancing the skills and abilities of individuals and providing return on investment for employers in the UK and around the world.

Find out more about the broad range of innovative programmes provided by the Institute.

We also support the other Schools within the University in the strategic development of work-based learning programmes in their specific areas of professional practice. Find out more about professional practice programmes delivered in other Schools of the University.

As the leading provider of work-based learning in the UK, we are very proud to have been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize and to have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for our work. Find out more about our achievements.


The Work Based Learning Research Centre is at the heart of the Institute, investigating the development and application of professional work-based learning and coaching.

Find out more about the Work Based Learning Research Centre.

Find out more about our Doctorate programmes: Professional Doctorate and Professional Doctorate by Public Works.

Organisational development

We work in partnership with organisations across a wide range of sectors to create workforce development programmes designed to achieve identified organisational objectives and deliver return on investment. We can also identify and formally accredit in-company training, as an integrated element in workforce development programmes so that it can contribute to the achievement of higher education qualifications and degrees. Recent UK and international organisational development clients include: Halifax Bank, ASDA, The Rank Group, Toshiba Tec, and Gampaha Development Company.

Find out more about our range of partners.

Professional development programmes

Our professional development portfolio of programmes provides a way for individual learners and cohorts to achieve a degree or other higher education qualification and develop their expertise while working. Typically individuals will be able to gain academic credit for previous on-the-job experience, which will count towards the achievement of a higher education qualification. This can significantly reduce fees and the time it takes to complete your programme of study. These professional and work-based programmes will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate higher-level learning through projects and other activities that you engage with as part of your day-to-day work. We offer programmes from undergraduate through to masters level, suitable for both full-time and part-time students, in employment, self-employment or volunteering.

Find out more about our professional development programmes.

University Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeship frameworks are designed to enable individuals to develop the knowledge and professional competencies required to undertake identified job roles. Higher Apprenticeships can now include university qualifications up to Honours and Masters degree level. Middlesex University has a national reputation for innovative work in developing Higher Apprenticeship programmes led by The Institute for Work Based Learning. The Institute also works with a range of professional bodies to integrate the achievement of professional recognition and membership into the development of University Higher Apprenticeships. We have developed innovative work-based higher education programmes and degrees that meet the needs of employers in a variety of sectors and job roles including: Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Care Management, Retail Management and Commercial Pilot Aviation.

Find out more about our University Higher Apprenticeship programmes.