Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £5,450 (UK/EU)
Entry requirements: Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent academic or professional qualification. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate engagement in recognised CPD activity equating to 72 hours in any one year.
Mode of study: Blended Learning
Duration: 2 years
Assessment methods: Coursework
Scholarship or bursaries: Not available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: January, May, September
MSc Professional Practice in Computing and IT and MSc Professional Practice in Project Management are aimed at practicing professionals who want to progress up the career ladder through higher education but have a limited amount of time to commit to study. These programme place an emphasis on developing and applying the knowledge, skills and competencies required for successful professional practice, allowing you to demonstrate a clear return of investment for each module completed.
This programme has been designed with a mix of directed and independent learning activity supported by individual tutoring. Delivered in part-time blended mode, this programme combines interactive workshops, online learning materials, individual and tutorials.
- Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
- Designed to use your own workplace and recent CPD training as the context for learning
- Delivered in a part-time blended mode, ideal for busy working professionals
- 10 one day workshops and individual guidance tutoring
- Identify opportunities for self and organisational improvement
About this course
What will I study?
This MSc is available in two separate awards which allow you to develop your workplace and learning capability in the areas of Computing and IT or Project Management. These programmes are ideal for those in employment who engage in demonstrable continuing professional development relating to their workplace discipline.
Professional Practice in Computing and IT
This course is ideal for wide range of IT and Computing professionals who engage in regular continuing professional development and who wish to use such learning as a foundation for study at postgraduate level. As a work based award you will use the learning gained in your IT/Computing professional development and subsequent engagement with academic and practitioner literature to develop research informed work based studies which are designed to lead to your individual and workplace improvement. This will be achieved through the completion of IT/Computing focused consultancy style reports. The programme will consider the competences and leadership attributes required to ensure your effective career development in this competitive and dynamic discipline. As such you will engage in a range of learning activities which are designed to enhance you as an IT/Computing professional working across a range of sectors. Indeed, the underlying philosophy of the programme is that it will contribute to the continuing professional development of learners and enhance your potential for future development within the IT/Computing disciplines.
Professional Practice in Project Management
This course is ideal for wide range of Project and Programme Management professionals who engage in regular continuing professional development and who wish to use such learning as a foundation for study at postgraduate level. As a work based award you will use the learning gained in your Project/Programme Management professional development and subsequent engagement with academic and practitioner literature to develop research informed work based studies which are designed to lead to your individual and workplace improvement. This will be achieved through the completion of Project and Programme Management focused consultancy style reports. Furthermore the programme will consider the competences and leadership attributes required to ensure your effective career development in this competitive and dynamic discipline. As such you will engage in a range of learning activities which are designed to enhance you as a Programme/Project Management professional working across a range of sectors. Indeed, the underlying philosophy of the programme is that it will contribute to the continuing professional development of learners and enhance your potential for future development within the Project/Programme Management disciplines.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Delivered in part-time blended mode, the programme combines interactive workshops sessions delivered in a series of one day block sessions supported by a range of online learning materials including video, podcast and work based learning activities and individual tutorials. You can expect 10 workshop days delivered on weekends spread throughout the 2 year period. There will also be online video, podcast and email support between workshops to enable you to build your knowledge and confidence.
Overall, the programme uses a combination of teaching and learning materials and techniques including:
- Workshops delivered at weekends to enable face to face learning and interaction with fellow learners and tutors.
- Dedicated learning platform with a range of video, podcast materials and directed reading materials
- Self-study materials, providing knowledge and understanding, and helping you to apply ideas to your workplace.
- Work-related assignments that give you an opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding and provide evidence of competence.
Applicants should have:
Standard entry requirements
- Be employed
- Hold one of the following:
- 2:2 or above from a recognised university or
- An equivalent academic qualification or
- An equivalent professional qualification
Candidates must also be able to demonstrate engagement in recognised CPD activity equating to 72 hours in any one year. Recognised CPD activity typically relates to certified training, accredited or non-accredited learning activities. These can be via a training provider, professional body or be completed as part of your employment.
Did you know that if your IELTS is within 1.0 of the required score for your programme, then taking Pre-Sessional English is an option for you.
All modules on this course are core.
In order to prepare you to gain the best possible Masters degree grades we spend a day introducing you to the wide range of learning resources available to support you throughout your studies. We also assume you have never studied at this level and begin to introduce you to useful tools and techniques to ensure good study practice. This is the start of your academic skills development and we will ensure throughout the programme you are fully supported to aid your success. This day also provides an opportunity to meet with your fellow students and the programme team.
Academic Recognition of CPD (30 credits)
Many people working in both the public and private sector undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of their work. This module recognises your CPD and requires you to reflect upon such learning and review how this can be embedded back into your workplace. An initial one day workshop will introduce this module and consider areas including: the design and presentation of a CPD Log, reflective writing, strategies to plan; organise; negotiate; effectively manage; implement; record; review and evaluate CPD within an agreed timescale and development of an organisation return on investment and improvement project. You will be assessed by means of a 5000 word individually negotiated reflection of your recent CPD and return on investment plan.
Consultancy Project (30 credits)
The aim of this module is develop your ability to apply the learning from your recent CPD activity alongside relevant academic and practice based research in order to present recommendations for improved personal or organisational practice. An initial 2 day workshop will develop your knowledge and understanding in a range of areas including, conducting research for organisational impact; secondary research and developing a literature review, writing recommendations and action plans, developing an executive summary and presenting findings. You will be assessed by means of a 5000 individually negotiated work related project.
Academic Recognition of CPD (30 credits)
As with module 2, this module builds upon CPD and requires you to reflect upon identification of ongoing professional development needs and the design and development of a career development plan.
In a one day workshop you will develop the knowledge and skills to design and create an updated personal profile and CV, learn about new approaches to recruitment and selection and how to succeed in them. You will be assessed by means of a 5000 word individually negotiated and supported career development plan.
Personal Impact for Professional Development (30 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the personal and professional attributes required to succeed in a dynamic organisation. Specifically we will consider the National Occupational Standards for Leadership and Management and a range of other discipline focused competence frameworks. Topics covered during the initial two day workshop will include, understanding, managing and analysing self as a professional, making sense of self – the role of perception, personality and values, developing Professional Competence, leadership and emotional Intelligence, personal transformations – managing people through change. You will be assessed by means of a 5000 word self-analysis project.
Professional Practice Project (60 credits)
This final project will require you to complete an individually negotiated work related project designed to lead to recommendations for individual or work place improvement. This will embed applied research methods and will commence with a one day project workshop designed to provide with the tools and techniques required to successfully complete this 14,000 word final submission.
All modules are assessed by means of work based reports which encourage reflection on existing work based practice and identification of work place or professional improvement.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees: £5,450
This is the total fee for your 2 year programme including programme tuition, all course materials and assessments.
We offer an interest-free monthly payment plan available to all self-funded students after payment of your deposit.
How to apply or find out more
How to find out more
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How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, you can download a PDF application form and email it to admin.
We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.
For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:
- Fully completed application form
- Personal email address must be included on the application form
- Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
- Passport – copy of personal details page
- Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
- Details of two referees
- Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
- An attached CV is desirable
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