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Professional Practice (Health, Social Care, Public and Community Sectors) MA/MSc

Learn about the course below
September 2017
Usually 18 months
Distance Learning
£8,500 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Ruth Miller

Why study MA/MSc Professional Practice (Health, Social Care, Public and Community Sectors) at Middlesex University?

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.

Course benefits

The work-based nature of this course means that it has a number of unique benefits:

  • It recognises and builds on your existing CPD and work projects.
  • It promotes your professional development and higher level capabilities.
  • You will benefit from the support of your academic adviser, workshops, online resources and communities of practice.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on MA/MSc Professional Practice (Health, Social Care, Public and Community Sectors)?

As this master's course is designed to meet your professional development needs, and those of your organisation, it will usually include these kinds of modules:

  • Review of Learning
  • Professional Development Practitioner Inquiry
  • 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.

  • Modules

    • Review of Learning - 10 credits at 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 which accounts 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 at 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 at 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:

      • Analysis of the context in which a project is being undertaken including your role and position as worker/researcher and the ethical implications that arise from this.
      • Devising and applying real-time work-based activity development processes.
      • Critical appraisal of research/professional literature, organizational or national policy, professional standards or directives.
      • Appropriate inquiry methodologies and approaches to data in relation to the specific contexts of your work/practice.
      • Engagement with professional practice networks to inform the development and application of inquiry methods.
    • Negotiated Work Based Learning Projects - 10 – 60 credits at 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA/MSc Professional Practice (Health, Social Care, Public and Community Sectors) taught?

You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

Professional Practice courses at Middlesex University 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.

  • Middlesex staff profile

    Liz Barry

    Manager, The Magnolia Unit, Enfield Community Services, MSc Work Based Learning Studies graduate

    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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Duration: Flexible

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Start: October 2018, September 2018 (EU/INT induction)

Duration: 1 year full-time, Usually 2 years part-time

Code: PGL711

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Duration: 2 years full-time (subject to gaining Accreditation for Prior Learning)

Code: BR40

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