These negotiated professional practice work-based learning programmes are purposely flexible and are designed to be responsive to the changing work force development needs of the health, social care and education sectors and to the professional development needs of individual practitioners.
This is a flexible, work based route to gaining a postgraduate qualification in a particular area of professional practice, that can be customised to meet your needs and those of your workplace. It is ideal for those who have completed previous accredited activity/qualifications/CPD as well as for those who have significant prior experience of work in the health, social care and education sectors.
You will be supported to reflect and build upon your prior experience and experiential learning to develop advanced situated knowledge based around your workplace context. You will develop your advanced practitioner inquiry, leadership and project skills to develop your own practice and practice in your organisation. You will also be able to design and lead a work based project that has the potential to transform your own practice and that of others.
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During the course of this programme, you will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of a range of theoretical concepts and practice knowledge that can be applied to give new insight to real work contexts and complex issues. You will study ethical principles, values and codes of practice and explore how these can be critically applied to your practice and that of others. You will also explore the influence of current policy, organisational context, quality imperatives and workplace priorities on practice development. You will also look into relevant methodologies and improvement strategies for developing practice/service in health, social care and education settings.
On completion of this programme, you will be able to effectively engage, network and communicate with relevant stakeholders and academic audiences, and take responsibility and leadership for practice/service development initiatives. You will understand how to critically evaluate practice or organisational issues and apply creative problem solving techniques, advanced inquiry and action planning. You will have the ability to systematically design, undertake and manage a work based project that has the potential to transform your own practice and that of others. Finally, you will learn to critically reflect and evaluate your own practice and systematically plan professional development.
The aim of this module is for you to review and reflect on past and current learning experiences to develop a recognition of prior learning (RPL) portfolio to gain credit toward your programme. The RPL portfolio is assessed separately for credit.
This module runs throughout the programme and is designed to enable you to critically evaluate your personal and professional development needs and develop a professional development plan. It will also support the academic skills needed to succeed at post graduate level.
This module is designed to develop your understanding in a range of advanced enquiry methodologies appropriate for practitioners to design a proposal for a real work-based project that has clear objectives related to your own professional development or the development of practice in your setting.
This module is the culmination of a your Masters study and will support you to undertake a substantial work based project that is designed to develop your professional practice and address a practice, organisational or service issue that you have already identified in your workplace or professional field. Building on your understanding of advanced practitioner inquiry methodologies, you will be encouraged to consider improvement and leadership strategies to support the successful management of your project and to deliver real outcomes that have the potential to transform practice.
Bring in relevant certificated credit from Middlesex modules, another university or accredited partner or gain credit for experiential learning through recognition of prior learning (RPL).
This module will support students to undertake a small work based project or activity that is designed to systematically develop areas of their own and/or others professional practice. Students will plan, carry out and evaluate a small project and critically discuss the learning gained, as well as outcomes of the project for their area of practice and setting. The focus of the projects are negotiated and can be related to individual or team practice development aims.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
On all programmes, modules are supported through a blended learning approach, involving interactive campus and online workshops, supported (online) peer interaction, tutor support and guided self-study. Workshops are provided at Hendon campus, usually 3-6 per module but are also available online for students accessing the course from a distance.
Most modules run over 12 week semesters from October to January or January to May. The final project module runs over 2 semesters.
All modules are assessed through course work that is directly relevant to your own practice and work context. Key assessment requirements are:
As this programme gives you the skills and experience you need to apply directly into your current service or practice, the range of projects can vary. Below are just some examples of previous student projects:
Past students tell us how the Msc and their work based project in particular has helped their career progression and promotion:
Ruth is the Director of Programmes for Accreditation, RPL and Work-Based Learning across the School of Health and Education. She has extensive experience across FE and HE developing programmes in response to workforce development needs across the sector. She has a particular interest in the recognition of students experiential learning and developing their project skills to lead real practice development.
Dr Nottingham is based in the Department of Education within the Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences working on the professional doctorate programme and degree apprenticeships. Her research interests are in higher education and work-based pedagogy, lifelong learning and professional doctorates. She has been the co-covenor for the UALL Work and Learning Network since 2015 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education academy.
Start: October 2019
Duration: , 2-3 (max 5) years part-time
Code: PGB70Y Nursing Studies, PGB70P Advanced Nursing Practice
Start: October 2020
Duration: 2 - 3 years part-time
Start: January, October