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Professional Practice or Work Based Learning Studies MA/MSc

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MA Professional Practice - 005B99X
MSc Professional Practice - 011B99X
MA Work Based Learning Studies- 005X904
MSc Work Based Learning Studies - 011X902
February 2017
October 2017
Part-time / Blended Learning
£6,425 (with APEL) (UK)
£8,130 (with APEL) (INT)
Course leader
Keith Buckland

The next start date for this course is February 2018 and it runs across 12 months. Pay the same fees as students who started in October 2017.

Why study MA/MSc Professional Practice or Work Based Learning Studies at Middlesex University?

Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies programmes are especially designed for those that want to develop their expertise within their current work. Your work will become the subject of your studies to enable you to work more effectively as a professional practitioner in your field. If you are self-employed or work in an organisation, paid or unpaid and in any employment sector, these work-based programmes enable you to gain qualifications through your work.

Making use of Middlesex's innovative work-based approach to learning, your course of study will enable you to enhance your effectiveness in your current work role whilst simultaneously working towards your qualification. Middlesex work based learning courses are used by leading employers in the UK and internationally as they combine individual development with organisational and professional learning. Our programmes in professional practice enable you to build upon existing higher education level study and professional qualifications. The programme encourages your further development and enables you to make a significant impact in your professional area. Our programmes in work based learning studies take as the starting point your learning from experience and this can be used to provide highly original and customised qualifications. The level of customisation is even reflected in the title of the qualification, e.g. MA Work Based Learning Studies (Organisational Development) or MSc Work Based Learning Studies (Engineering Project Management). Professional Practice titles can also be selected, e.g. MA Professional Practice in Strategic Management in Healthcare.

Our expert group within the Institute for Work Based Learning will support you to make the most of your potential in a rapidly changing and highly competitive knowledge driven economy. Professionals across a wide span of areas such as administration, construction, education, financial services, health, maritime, policing, retail and transport have already successfully used Middlesex University work-based learning.


  • Enhance potential for career progression
  • Develop transferable work-based analytical and research skills
  • Develop expertise within your chosen field
  • Gain academic recognition for existing skills
  • Improve professional effectiveness
  • Use your existing work as the subject of your study
  • Flexible study that builds on your current work and/or professional practice

The course is designed to meet your professional development needs and those of your organisation. Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies courses can include four kinds of modules:

  • Review of Learning
  • Professional Practice
  • Practitioner Inquiry
  • Negotiated Work Based Learning Projects

Typically MA / MSc courses are constructed to include a combination of these modules.

  • Modules

    • Review of Learning

      Review of Learning is a distinctive feature of Work Based Learning and supports a dynamic process of identifying, analysing and reflecting on your learning to date to develop and present a portfolio that demonstrates your prior learning. This portfolio can be assessed for academic credit that can then be recognised as part of your course of study, 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.

    • Continuing Professional Development

      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 develop 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 tutor and your employer (or other relevant party). These modules will also inform your plans for post course professional development and career enhancement.

    • Advanced Practitioner Inquiry

      This module is 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 Project

      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’ work or practice. The work undertaken can take a variety of forms relevant to your work and is negotiated with your tutor and your employer (or other relevant party) in order to be beneficial to you and to the organisation(s) you work with. 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 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 or Work Based Learning Studies  taught?

These programmes are taught and facilitated by staff from the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University. The blended approach to teaching and learning is supported through the Virtual Learning Environment at Middlesex University. This allows students to have a high degree of flexibility in self-managing their studies.

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

Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies programmes at Middlesex University are specifically designed to enhance your effectiveness as a practitioner in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to gain a qualification that is directly relevant to your field of work and 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.

Roger Coutain
Manager - Security & Crisis Management
BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC

When BP Security and Crisis Manager, Roger Coutain, was looking for an opportunity to upgrade his qualifications, he was drawn back to Middlesex, despite being based in the Caribbean. ‘My initial Middlesex Risk Management qualifications have been an enormous asset, so I wanted a course that carried the same level of credibility, while allowing me to continue developing my specialism, and work at my own pace,’ said Roger. ‘The distance was not a problem, I developed a good working relationship with my academic advisors and the virtual learning environment provided everything I needed. ‘

One of the benefits of the work-based professional practice course, over a traditional postgraduate qualification, is that it gave Roger the opportunity to enhance his profile within BP. Together with his CEO, Roger was able to plan and work on his corporate security projects to the benefit of BP, while gaining academic credits towards his degree.

Building on his existing postgraduate academic credits, Roger chose to commit 20 hours per week and complete his course in just 9 months. Enjoying the challenge of his new management responsibilities, Roger plans to remain at BP for the foreseeable future. He is confident that he will continue to have a great deal to contribute to their regional success.

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