This masters degree is a highly flexible, practice-based qualification for professionals working across a wide range of public and community services in health, social care and associated sectors. It has been developed especially to allow you to continue working and integrate your professional expertise with academic learning.
Course length is variable, although it is generally completed within 18 months.
The course enables you to customise your own study, award title and work- based projects. Where appropriate, this can be done in partnership with your employer in support of their organisational objectives.
The work-based nature of this course means that it has a number of unique benefits:
As this masters course is designed to meet your professional development needs, and those of your organisation, it will usually include four kinds of modules: Review of Learning; Professional Development Practitioner Inquiry; and Negotiated Work Based Learning Projects. Typically MA/MSc courses are constructed to include a combination of these modules. Where appropriate it may be possible to include other Middlesex University Subject-based Modules or Middlesex University accredited CPD
Review of Learning 10 credits @ level 7
The Review of Learning is a distinctive feature of work based learning and is made up of two parts. It is a dynamic process of identifying, analysing, and reflecting on your learning to date. The first part is a reflective essay wich accouts for the 10 credits. The second part is the process of develop and present a portfolio that demonstrates your prior learning. This portfolio is assessed for academic credit that can then be recognised as part of your study course. This can be up to 70 credits, consequently reducing the overall length of time and number of modules you are required to complete. In addition, this process will enable you to recognise and evaluate your existing work-based knowledge and skills as a platform for further professional development.
Professional Development 10 credits @ level 7
Professional Development modules are designed to both introduce and develop the knowledge and skills required to engage in the negotiated work-based learning process. They are also designed to enable you to create a professional development plan and course agreement. This will define the focus of your studies including your proposed work-based projects and will be agreed in negotiation with your Academic Adviser and your employer (or other relevant party). These modules will also inform your plans for post course professional development and career enhancement.
Practitioner Inquiry 30 credits @ level 7
These modules are designed to enable you to learn about, and experiment with, methods of inquiry to inform your own work or professional practice. Module activities will enable you to gain inquiry-related skills including critical analysis, evaluation and appraisal. These skills help you to select, develop and apply appropriate methods of work-based inquiry to your work-based projects.
This could include:
Negotiated Work Based Learning Projects 10 – 60 credits @ level 7
Negotiated Work Based Learning Project modules are designed to address real-life work or professional practice issues and are designed to improve or inform areas of your own or others’ practice. The work undertaken can take a variety of forms relevant to your work and is negotiated with your academic adviser and your employer (or other relevant party) in order to be benefit your organisation. Projects may also generate creative solutions to work-based issues or problems and so provide the opportunity to create new ways of thinking about particular areas of work or professional practice. All MA/MSc courses must contain a major (60 credit) Negotiated Work Based Learning Project module.
Applicants are encouraged to discuss course options with a member of the School of Health & Social Sciences Work Based Learning team. This will give you the opportunity to explore the course's benefits in the context of your career history and aspirations. They will be able to explain the course in detail and help you form a realistic picture of your likely workload.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
To contact the Health and Social Sciences Work Based Learning team or to obtain an application pack, please contact our admissions on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0208 411 6301/6012
Professional Practice courses at Middlesex are specifically designed to enhance your effectiveness as a practicing professional at work in your chosen field.
You will have the opportunity to gain a qualification that is directly relevant to your field. The work-based projects you complete will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of your organisation’s work objectives. Combined, these benefits provide a powerful stimulus to career development and enhancement in your professional area.
The Magnolia Unit, Enfield Community Services
The Magnolia Unit, provides medical, therapy and specialist nursing services to patients who cannot be cared for at home. Unit manager, Liz Barry,decided to undertake an MSc Work Based Learning Studies with Middlesex University, with a focus on team development.‘I was attracted to this course format as it would allow me the opportunity to explore and research an area of my work which simultaneously would enhance my working life and provide academic credit.
The course gave me the opportunity as a manager to introduce new ways of working, allowing my team to deliver their roles and to enhance team development. The key success of the work based learning approach has been the ability to analyse the local situation and to respond immediately and plan actions accordingly. Being research focused has given me considerable confidence and increased my knowledge base.
I have continued to create more knowledge relevant to my field of work. Overall my role has been enhanced through transforming into action the skills gained through reflection.’
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The fees for MA/MSc Professional Practice Health, Social Care, Public and Community Sectors for the academic year 2016/17 is as follows: