The Masters programme in Work-Based Learning (WBL) at Newman University provides flexible lifelong learning opportunities for professionals currently in employment (either paid or voluntary). The programme is designed to engage students in maximising their knowledge, skills, employability attributes and professional development opportunities needed in the workplace, by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. As a result, students can become more informed and more effective at work.
Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to explore their own personal and professional interests, whilst utilizing (and building upon) their existing expertise. By focusing on a WBL approach to study, numerous benefits can be available to students such as: bespoke, relevant, student-focused, flexible programmes of study offering formal recognition of their occupational role; an acknowledgement of skills and knowledge gained at work; opportunities for workplace continual professional development (CPD) and career advancement; networking openings; alongside routes into various higher education awards. Indeed, if students wish to progress their studies even further then the WBL programme provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to doctoral study at level 8 such as PhD, EdD, DProf.
WBL has been defined as the learning arising from real-life activity within the workplace, with students taking work activities as a starting point for their studies. It is a structured and learner-managed approach to maximising learning and professional development opportunities. The focus is upon ‘capturing learning in the workplace’, by exploiting the different kinds of knowledge which can be used at work, via an application to working practices. This is achieved by centring upon the critical evaluation and synthesis of an individuals’ professional practice by specifically analysing their professional and personal development. Put simply, work-based learning is learning for work, at work and through work.
There are four core awards available to students, focusing on enhancing professional practice:
There are 12 subject-specific ’named awards’ available to students:
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Drama)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (English, Literature, and Society)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Heritage and Public History)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Social Care: Policy and Practice)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Working with Children, Young People & Families)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Youth and Community Work)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Applied Social Science)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Healthcare Practice)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)
The Master’s level WBL programmes at Newman University are designed to cater for learners already in employment (paid or unpaid), normally in professional settings, who are looking for:
There is an opportunity of progression for Newman University postgraduate students wishing to progress to a full Master’s degree from programmes such as:
PG Cert in Higher Education Practice
PG Cert in Heritage and Public History
PG Cert in Chaplaincy with Young People
PG Cert in Safeguarding
The WBL courses will be delivered using a ‘blended’ approach, which consists of a mixture of distance learning (supported by materials available online), and some campus-based taught sessions. Campus-based taught sessions will only be used when necessary, and will usually be delivered at the Genners Lane Campus, at the weekend.
In respect of student workload, it should be noted that 30 credit modules require 300 hours of study and a 60 credit module requires 600 hours of study.
Part-time students have a maximum period of study of 5 years to complete a full Master’s degree. However, students will normally complete a full Master’s degree on a part-time basis, over 2-3 years.
For students submitting an RPL/RPEL claim up to the maximum of 90 credits, a full Master’s degree could be completed in 12 months.
Students will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including: written reports and essays, digital resource creation, project report and case study, e-portfolio, presentations, work-based research. Through the completion of such assessment activities, the course will develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of both learning-based and work-based situations.
Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Leadership for the Health Professions (Distance Learning) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
The Leadership for the Health Professions (Distance Learning) is a part time course that will suit you if you are a teacher, researcher, doctor, nurse or other health professional at any stage of your career (including trainees) and you have a leadership or management role or aspire to one.
The Leadership for the Health Professions (Distance Learning) programme is a modular, flexible interprofessional programme which has been designed specifically for busy professionals as an online, distance learning programme in order to enable students across the world to develop their leadership and management skills and understanding. There are two entry points each year in September and January. The Leadership for the Health Professions (Distance Learning) course is delivered primarily using the BlackBoard online learning platform and you will need access to good wifi or broadband in order to fully engage with the multimedia course materials.
The Leadership for the Health Professions (Distance Learning) programme provides theoretical and practical leadership development, focussing on developing understanding of leadership and management at three levels: the intrapersonal (understanding yourself and developing yourself as a leader), the interpersonal (working with and leading others, groups and teams) and the organisational/system level (looking at complexity and change). Our approach to leadership development aims to provide you with a broad-based theoretical and conceptual framework which you can use to apply to your own, others and organisational leadership and management practical situations. We take a unique, case study approach where we consider all aspects of health professionals’ activities from a leadership and management perspective. You can register for the full master’s course, for the PGDip or PGCert levels or for individual modules as an Associate student.
The Leadership for the Health Professions (Distance Learning) course offers the following modules:
• PML700 Leadership in Practice (15 Credits)
• PML701 Understanding organisations, systems and services (15 Credits)
• PML702 Developing yourself as a leader and managing performance (30 Credits)
• PML703 The learning organisations, teams and groups (15 Credits)
• PML704 Developing leadership, innovation and change (30 Credits)
• PM707 Professional development in practice (15 Credits)
• PML705 Dissertation (report on a primary piece of research or critical literature review) or work-based reflective Portfolio module (60 Credits)