This programme is designed for experienced practitioners who are facing the complex challenges in their field of work and want to equip themselves to stay ahead in a rapidly changing world. This master's degree offers a unique approach to professional development for mid-career practitioners.
Our degree will help develop you as a hybrid practitioner who will be capable of framing issues across organisational and disciplinary boundaries to create innovative solutions to challenging problems.
During this course, you will produce a critical self-narrative that analyses your professional experience and achievements. You will develop your distinctive practice through critical reflection and inquiry. You'll learn how to adopt different perspectives to frame complex issues and be equipped to make a purposeful and practical difference in your organisation or community of practice. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a project that will have a direct impact on your field of practice.
The flexible approach of this course has been designed to fit around busy work and personal commitments.
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This programme is built on a unique learning partnership. We are not the experts in your field of practice – you are. You bring into this process the knowledge and experience you have gained through your work.
In the first year of study you will undertake two compulsory modules which, together, enable you to:
In the second year of study, you will undertake the project developed and approved in the first year. During this process, you will develop strong networking and communications skills that will enhance your ability to work with stakeholders and co-create solutions to complex issues.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
This module will equip you with the skills to reflect on your own practice and in turn, be able to write a critical review of the knowledge landscape and the cultural context of your workplace. The inquiry skills that you will develop will enable you to provide strong insight into an issue within your organisation or professional community.
In this module you will create and curate a portfolio of evidence of your achievements together with a critical self-narrative that analyses your professional experience and achievements to date.
This module aims to demonstrate your ability to execute a project, inquiry and/or other practice-based activity that informs your own or others’ work/practice. The themes of the project is individually negotiated and will be related to wider professional development and/or organisational 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.
You will study in a flexible learning mode, joining a small cohort of other participants, supported by an online learning environment and facilitated through regular online discussion forums, a programme director, and a facilitation team.
You will continue to work throughout the programme and the flexible approach is designed to fit around busy work and personal commitments. We work with your employer or professional community to identify learning experiences relevant to the unique demands of your field.
Your progress on the programme is assessed by work-based assignments, written assessments and an opportunity to orally present your project proposal and the interim findings of your professional inquiry to your peers.
The assessments allow you to consolidate your learning and make an immediate impact on your daily work, bringing a tangible benefit to you and your context throughout the programme.
The fees below refer to the 2022/23 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Part-time students: £8,900
Part-time students: £11,500
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
For more information and to answer your frequently asked questions, please visit our postgraduate funding page.
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
This programme will help you with advancement and/or promotion prospects in your field. It will also help you to take on additional responsibility in your current role.
Professor Sutton's current role includes doctoral supervision on the Transdisciplinary DProf and Dprof by Public Works programmes. As a Fellow of the Learning Performance Institute and a veteran of the corporate training world, his specific interests lie in supporting L&D practitioners to take on a bigger role in facilitating organisational change and driving innovation and organisational performance.
Dr Adams has experience in engineering, journalism and international development before researching his own professional practice through a PhD at the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice at the University of Bath. He is a doctoral supervisor, programme leader and link tutor to external partners on the Transdisciplinary DProf. His interests lie in supporting practitioners with aspirations to do good work, and facilitating organisational change, particularly in the third sector (NGOs, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises).
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.