The Institute for Work Based Learning
Flexible learning in the workplace
Our pioneering Institute for Work Based Learning provides research and strategic development of work based learning across Middlesex University. In addition, the Institute partners directly with individual learners and organisations to create bespoke programmes from certificate through to doctorate level. Learning is focused on workplace activities and is aimed to extend workplace skills and abilities of employees.
We were awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for our work integrating formal education and employment, and are recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England as a Centre of Excellence for work based learning.
Businesses and organisations
We work in partnership with clients across a wide range of industries to create bespoke staff development programmes that tackle a wide range of organisational challenges. Our 'Beyond Training' portfolio provides a range of work based learning programmes for group development as well as key individuals. For the more advanced practitioner, the Doctorate in Professional Studies provides an individualised programme for senior managers and leaders wishing to develop themselves and their practice.
The Work Based Learning Research Centre is at the heart of the Institute. Our primary focus is seeking to understand the relationship between work practice and learning within organisations, and how practice-based learning can be recognised. The research means we play a crucial role in the development of the field of work based learning internationally, as well as helping to shape policy and provision within the UK.
Our Professional Practice Portfolio of programmes provides a way for individual learners, at UG and PG up to masters level, to develop their professional expertise while gaining academic credit for their previous on the job experience and relevant qualifications.
The Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) is for advanced practitioners and is designed to focus on their professional development within their organisational/professional context. The Institute for Work Based Learning's DProf is open to all professional areas as the focus is defined by the candidate’s particular work context and their own area of interest. This may be located within a profession or sector, or may be more individual in nature. For those that have already made significant contributions to their community of practice, please see our Doctorate in Professional Studies by Public Works.
Opinion leaders and innovators
Our one year Doctorate in Professional Studies by Public Works is designed for high achieving individuals who already have substantial work in the public domain which evidences influence on their community of practice. This work can be in various forms: publications, policy documents, innovative training, artefacts and other forms of expression appropriate to areas of practice. This programme gives such individuals the opportunity to critique their own works and to use the learning to influence future directions, projects and innovations.