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Transdisciplinary Practice MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGN125
Start
October 2019
Duration
2 years part-time
Attendance
Part-time via blended learning
Fees
£7,200 (UK/EU/INT) *
Course leader
Professor Brian Sutton
Dr David Adams

This programme is ideal for experienced practitioners who want to address the complex challenges in their field of work. By using practice-based, situation-specific inquiry, this course is unique in recognising existing knowledge and experience, as well as customising a programme of advanced study to address the individual opportunities and responsibilities you face in your career.

Why study MSc Transdisciplinary Practice at Middlesex University?

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. You will learn how to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to co-create solutions to complex issues.

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 situational inquiry and be equipped to remain innovative and relevant in your chosen field. You'll learn how to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to co-create solutions to complex issues and be encouraged 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.

Course highlights

  • Develop as a practitioner and enhance the clarity and effectiveness of your practice
  • Claim your own authority and agency in the workplace
  • Thrive in complex and uncertain environments
  • Design and deliver a project that will have impact in your organisation or community
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to move on to doctoral research in advanced professional practice

What will you study on the MSc Transdisciplinary Practice?

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:

  1. Develop the skills, knowledge, approaches and attitudes needed to critically evaluate your own practice as well as your working environment
  2. Create and curate a portfolio of professional practice evidence that positions your key achievements as a cohesive whole that has shaped your professional persona and standing within your community
  3. Write a proposal that sets out the purpose, aims, objectives and potential impacts of a practitioner inquiry that is situated in your current working environment and is of significance to you and your employer or community.

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.

What will you gain?

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • interrogate and interpret your existing professional knowledge and capabilities
  • develop new approaches to managing situations
  • critically evaluate your and your team’s performance
  • develop communication skills that engage and inspire.

Modules

  • Year 1 modules

    • The Curious Practitioner (60 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Critical Review of Professional Achievement (60 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

  • Year 2 modules

    • Transdisciplinary Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

How is the MSc Transdisciplinary Practice taught?

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.

Assessment

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.

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

The fees below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

UK/EU/International students*

Part-time students: £7,200 payable across two years

*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.

Course costs

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • A free electronic textbook for every module
  • All printing and copying required for your study
  • Self-service laptops available for loan for a maximum of 24 hours
  • Audio-visual equipment available for loan, including digital stills cameras, digital video recorders, digital audio recorders

How can the MSc Transdisciplinary Practice support your career?

This programme will help you with advancement and/or promotion prospects in your industry. It will also help you to take on additional responsibility in your current role.

Professor Brian Sutton

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 David Adams

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).

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Start: September 2019

Duration: 3-7 years

Code: 004X902

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