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Professional Practice, Creative Industries Professional MA

Learn about the course below
September 2023
18 months part-time
Distance Education Online
£8,900 (UK) *
£11,500 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Helen Kindred

This is a highly flexible online Distance Education MA designed for professionals working across the creative industries. The course has been developed especially to allow you to continue working, integrating your professional practice and expertise with academic learning. The programme allows the individual practitioner to focus specifically on their chosen area, for example Producing, Artistic Management, or Arts/Industry Leadership.

Why study MA Professional Practice, Creative Industries Professional at Middlesex University?

Building on the success of our MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy, the first programme of its kind in the country, this unique MA combines critical reflection and individual practice at one of the UK’s top universities for creative industries practice and research.

The course title includes a (Specialisation) option, to allow you to choose your specialisation during your studies, giving your degree the respective title such as Professional Practice, Creative Industries Professional (Producer) or Professional Practice, Creative Intustries Professional (Artist Manager).

Course highlights

  • You’ll have the flexibility to shape your studies around work commitments so that you can pursue your ambitions with structured support from experienced academic practitioners
  • Your practice is placed at the centre of your research investigation, making your study applicable within the profession and of value to colleagues, employers and other students
  • You’ll be part of a vibrant international creative industries research culture, with access to influential and internationally respected work across the field
  • Your professional experience will be used to claim 80 credits of your MA
  • As a student you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module and access to Middlesex's extensive online library.

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What will you study on the MA Professional Practice, Creative Industries Professional?

This MA programme is rooted in reflective practice – the course enables you to use your existing skills and knowledge, and find ways to explore your current practice.

The course is divided into three modules with flexibility to pay per module and complete each phase in a time frame that works with and around your professional commitments and individual ambitions.

  • Modules

    • Review of Professional Practice: Life learning, professional learner (10 credits)

      Through online discussion groups, guidance from your Supervisor and your module handbook, you are encouraged to position your professional knowledges through reflecting on your prior experiences and learning, culminating in a submission of a portfolio giving context to your practice.

      RPL - alongside this module, you will also be guided through making a claim of 80 additional credits that will be awarded to you as a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    • Advanced Practitioner Inquiry: Meaning making in action (30 credits)

      In this module you will choose an area of your practice to research in depth and explore any existing work related to your chosen subject. This is a chance for you to explore your own work and to look at the work of other practitioners and researchers and explore new paths for your practice.

      By the end of this module you will have produced a detailed research proposal that relates to your own industry practice. You will have accessed key sources, gained preliminary investigative experience and critical analytical skills that will further enhance the final phase of this course, as well as your career.

    • Independent Professional Practice Project: Cultivating questions through inquiry (60 credits)

      In this final module you will carry out the research proposed in the previous module and critically review the implications it has on your chosen area of industry practice. This is a chance for you to explore your chosen subject in greater depth; collect, analyse and evaluate data; articulate your research within an academic framework and through dissemination to your field of practice.

      As part of this module you will complete a critical review, give an oral presentation, and produce a professional artefact. The oral presentation and the artefact allow you to find ways other than the written word through which to articulate your research.

      On completing this module you will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skills in your chosen area of industry practice, with transferable skills in reflective study, research and critical analysis.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

How is the MA Professional Practice, Creative Industries Professional taught?

This course is taught through Distance Education. You are advised to set aside at least one day a week to complete the appropriate reading, research, practical and written assignments required at each level of the course.

Contact is via online platforms such as Zoom, Teams, Skype, email and blogs as well as optional campus-based tutorials, and every module has a detailed module handbook.

There are no traditional elements requiring attendance at the University, however as a student on the course you will have full access to our state-of-the-art learning resources and library facilities, on campus and online.


You will be assessed through a portfolio submission of practical, theoretical and oral assignments, including critical reviews, reflective essays and presentations.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MA Professional Practice, Creative Industries Professional support your career?

On completion of this course, you will benefit from an academic qualification (MA) that demonstrates advanced academic standing, including practice as research skills. You will have the ability to articulate the range of complex practice-based and theoretical ideas involved in your own practice as well as in terms of larger world contexts.

You will have experience developing and carrying out practiced-based academic research. You will also have an internationally recognised qualification that that you can use to pursue teaching positions in educational and higher educational institutions.

Many of our students are already working at a sophisticated professional level with ambitions to advance into more senior and challenging roles as practitioners, teachers or related leadership, management and development roles.

Dr Helen Kindred
Senior Lecturer, Dance and Professional Practice

Senior Lecturer in Dance and Professional Practice at Middlesex University and co-Artistic Director of Dancing Strong Movement Lab with Adesola Akinleye.

Helen has toured internationally as a performer and presented her own choreographic work at venues, festivals and conferences over the past twenty eight years alongside published work in text form more recently within the fields of Dance and Somatic scholarship.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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