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Transdisciplinary Practice MSc

Learn about the course below
September 2024
2 years part-time
Part-time via blended learning
September 2024: £12,600 (UK*)
£17,600 (INT*)
Course leader
Professor Brian Sutton
Dr David Adams

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.

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.

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.

Course highlights

  • Develop as a practitioner and enhance the clarity and effectiveness of your practice
  • Gain greater confidence in your own authority and agency in the workplace
  • Explore perspectives beyond established ways of seeing and working that can transform your practice
  • Thrive in complex and uncertain environments
  • Design and deliver a project that will have impact in your organisation or community

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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
  • Gain the knowledge and skills that will enable you to move onto doctoral research in advanced professional practice if this is your goal.


  • 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.


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. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply

UK students*

Full-time students: £12,600
Part-time students: £84 per credit
Part-time students: £42 per dissertation credit

International students*

Full-time students: £17,600
Part-time students: £117 per credit
Part-time students: £59 per dissertation credit

*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 field. 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).

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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