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The PGDip/MA in Professional Studies is a route to registration as an architect in the UK, approved by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 3 level. Read more
The PGDip/MA in Professional Studies is a route to registration as an architect in the UK, approved by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 3 level. On the course, students acquire an in-depth understanding of the legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement, and the related skills necessary to practice effectively.

The course has an outstanding reputation. This is reflected in the Commendations it has received from successive RIBA Visiting Boards including from the latest, in July 2016, when the Commendation was for its ‘breadth, depth and rigour’.

On the course students explore the professional aspects of practice as an architect, including the construction industry and role of the profession, development controls, construction law, and project and practice management. We aim to inspire our students with a keen interest in current issues relating to the profession. Students are encouraged to explore their own relevant areas of interest, and to develop critical and independent judgement, and the ability to manage complex processes.

The PGDip can be taken as a stand-alone qualification. It can also be taken as the MA Professional Studies which is also a route to registration but also includes a research element in the form of a dissertation. Please visit the MA Professional Studies page for more information.

Both our diploma and master’s course are led by Professor Sarah Lupton, who is well-known for her expertise in professional practice and has published several books that are used widely by construction and design professionals and on postgraduate courses.

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See the department website - https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/sois/getting-started/graduate/graduate-degrees-programs. The professional studies program is specifically designed to enable students to create an individualized plan of graduate study tailored to their personal and professional goals. Read more
See the department website - https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/sois/getting-started/graduate/graduate-degrees-programs

The professional studies program is specifically designed to enable students to create an individualized plan of graduate study tailored to their personal and professional goals. This degree offers students the opportunity to draw on more than 50 graduate programs in order to gain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to respond successfully to new and emerging career opportunities. The professional studies degree can be completed on campus or online.

For example, students interested in integrating sustainability into their career as a facilities manager might combine courses from the sustainability and facility manangement programs. Educators may be interested in combining courses from the school psychology and secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing programs to improve their knowledge of special learning populations and the social issues students face in today's educational environments. Communication professionals interested in employment in government offices might choose concentrations in communication and media technologies and public policy to enhance their knowledge of media relations, public relations, government operations, and policy formation. There are a wide range of concentrations that can be created based on each student's professional career aspirations.

The degree also includes a capstone project. This applied, hands-on project is directly related to the student’s individualized plan of study.

Concentration areas

Students create two or three concentrations with courses selected from a wide range of graduate programs at RIT. Some common concentration areas include:

Applied and Computational Mathematics
Applied Statistics/Quality
Bioinformatics
Business (Marketing, Management, etc.)
Chemistry
Color Science
Communication and Media Technology
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Electrical Engineering
Environmental, Health and Safety Management
Facilities Management
Health Systems Administration
Human Resource Development
Imaging Science
Industrial and Systems Engineering Industrial Design
Information Sciences and Technologies
Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering
Packaging Science
Product Development and Design
Project Management
Public Policy
School Psychology
Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Service Management
Software Development
Software Engineering
Sustainability
Training, Design and Assessment
Visual Communication Design

Plan of study

The program requires the completion of 33 credit hours and can be completed through full or part-time study. Students begin their studies with Contexts and Trends (PROF-705), the program’s foundation course. Throughout this course students explore their personal career objectives and research RIT’s portfolio of graduate programs to identify courses that best match their professional and personal goals.

Students create two or three concentrations that make up their required course work for the degree program. Each concentration is a selection of courses drawn from existing RIT graduate programs and can range from 9 to 15 credit hours. Graduate credits earned in other programs may be used in completing a concentration, upon approval.

Credit hours not required to fulfill a concentration area may be used for electives. All elective and transferred graduate courses need to be integrated into the proposed plan of study. With certain concentrations, the degree may be completed entirely through online learning.

Required courses

Context and Trends (PROF-705)

This course introduces students to interdisciplinary thinking, personal self-assessment, problem solving, goal setting, and research techniques using electronic information resources. Students work toward selecting concentrations and finalizing a plan of study for their graduate program.

The Capstone Project (PROF-775)

This course is a supervised, hands-on experience in which students apply the skills and knowledge developed through their individualized plans of study, concluding with oral and written presentations. Before students can engage in theri capstoe porject, they must first complete the Capstone Proposal Seminar course (PROF-770).

International Students

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum acceptable scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score for an unconditional acceptance is 6.5. The TOEFL requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting educational transcripts and diplomas from American colleges and universities.

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This innovative programme is designed for experienced practitioners and managers in the human services. It focuses on analysis and development of practice to an advanced level. Read more
This innovative programme is designed for experienced practitioners and managers in the human services. It focuses on analysis and development of practice to an advanced level. The programme is interdisciplinary, involving participants from a range of settings in human services. Key concerns are the integration of theory and research with practice, managing innovation and change, and addressing anti-oppressive practice. The course is offered as a flexible, modular programme, linked to academic credits at master’s level. The Practice education pathway is a recognised GSCC post-qualifying at Higher Specialist and Advanced levels, and the Research methods pathway is recognised by the ESRC as a research training programme.

There are several specialist pathways:

* Management and Leadership
* Practice Education
* Research Methods - ESRC (RT) Recognition

Programme Structure -

PG Diploma/MSc:
Candidates who complete the Diploma to a satisfactory level will be eligible to present a dissertation for the award of MSc.

Core modules:
Reflective practice; Collaborative working

Specialist stream modules: Six modules chosen from specialist streams in: Management and leadership; Practice education; Research methods

Plus: A dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words

PG Certificate:
Candidates who do not wish to commit themselves to the full programme, or who already have a master’s degree, but wish to develop their practice to an advanced level and achieve a University Award, may take four specialist stream modules (as above), which are particularly applicable to their practice area.

Assessment:
Core modules and selected specialist modules are assessed by 3,000-word essays

Entry requirements:
Graduates and/or those professionals with a recognised professional qualification, preferably with two years’ post-qualifying experience.

Application procedure:
University application form with two references; plus an essay of approximately 1,000 words, describing personal learning needs and their relationship to the PG Dip/MSc Professional Studies

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Master’s degrees are becoming a requirement for practitioners working at a higher level in health and social care. These posts often integrate a range of roles and challenges, including management, education, and direct client care. Read more
Master’s degrees are becoming a requirement for practitioners working at a higher level in health and social care. These posts often integrate a range of roles and challenges, including management, education, and direct client care. This course offers opportunities to integrate your studies to meet the differing demands of modern job roles, tailoring your choice of modules to meet your needs and individual interests.

Why Study Professional Studies with us?

The Faculty of Health and Social Care offers this flexible modular course, which will give you the opportunity to tailor your choice of modules to suit your individual needs and interests.

You can effectively develop your own bespoke Master’s course, thus enabling the degree to refl ect the differing demands of modern job roles in an ever-changing working environment.

What will I learn?

The course has three core modules: Research; Leadership, Development and Change; and the Dissertation.

For the dissertation, you have a choice of the traditional research-based Dissertation or a Work Based Learning Project.

You may choose modules from the postgraduate provision within the Faculty for the remaining 80 credits. There may also be opportunities to transfer in credits undertaken at other higher education institutions.

How will I be taught?

Our course is delivered at Riverside Campus. Teaching is by a variety of methods. Some modules are taught via e-learning, others a mix of e-learning and classroom teaching, and others by tutorials or work-based learning.
Contact hours are variable depending upon the module delivery. Each module, apart from the dissertation, has 20 credits and equates to 200 hours of learning over the duration of the module, including approximately three contact hours per week per module.

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake a range of assessments, including practical assessments, essays, reflective writing, presentations and work-based learning.

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Education & Professional Studies enables you to reflect on your professional practice, extend your knowledge and develop awareness of significant developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice. Read more
Education & Professional Studies enables you to reflect on your professional practice, extend your knowledge and develop awareness of significant developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice. It is a broad-based programme that suits your specific professional needs and research interests through taught modules plus a research project.

Key benefits

- Professionals can construct a portfolio of courses tailored to their own concerns.

- Students are able to undertake professionally focused research that reflects their interests, expertise and specific sector.

- Flexibility and choice over the duration of the programme enables participants to take account of new interests and changing concerns.

- Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/education-and-professional-studies-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our department has offered the successful MA Education programmes for over a decade. The current suite of programmes is designed to appeal to different specialist student interests. In the current policy climate, with the increased devolution of managerial responsibility and more shared responsibilities, more educationalists need knowledge and expertise which extends beyond their immediate subject area.

This programme offers the opportunity to construct a broad-based programme that suits your specific professional needs and research interests across the curriculum.

-,Course purpose -

For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. The programme enables professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

- Course format and assessment -

Core modules:

- Recent Developments in Educational Management
- Social Context of Schooling
- Teacher Development
- Dissertation

There are no examinations - all modules are assessed by written work.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Designed for advanced practitioners, the Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) is a research degree, open to almost all professions, providing an opportunity to carry out applied research in major change projects within one’s current work role or organisation. Read more
Designed for advanced practitioners, the Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) is a research degree, open to almost all professions, providing an opportunity to carry out applied research in major change projects within one’s current work role or organisation.
The focus is on `real world’ problems and making an impact within the work place as well as within the profession. The programme which takes between three to four years to complete and has no attendance requirements, awards credits for capabilities acquired through professional life, culminating in a research project. The programme is structured so that the senior practitioner determines the parameters of her / his research in consultation with academic advisers.
The projects listed below illustrate the breadth and depth of enquiry undertaken by some of the Institute DProf candidates. (If you would like to see a broader range, please access the Middlesex research Repository at http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/
Thomas Erik Ask, (2011) Boat Design Deriving from Ethnographic Study : A Transdisciplinary Approach to Malaysian Fishing Boat Design
Suzette Woodward, (2008) From Information to Action : Improving Implementation of Patient Safety Guidance in the NHS
Angela Christopher OBE (2013) Offender Learning
Brian To (2010) The Adoption of Western Management Methods by Chinese Family and Publicly Listed Companies in Asia
Noman Sultan (2013) Emotionally and Morally Informed IT Leadership

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The Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) by Public Works is a one year programme for high achievement professional practitioners who already have a substantial amount in the public domain (public works). Read more
The Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) by Public Works is a one year programme for high achievement professional practitioners who already have a substantial amount in the public domain (public works). This work influences practice and contributes to the body of knowledge within the field.
The award is the professional equivalent of the PhD by published works; it has the same rigorous assessment methods and criteria. The requirements of the award consist of the submission of the candidate’s public works (or one large public work with a number of dimensions) accompanied by a context statement of up to 25,000 words, written under the guidance of an advisory team during the course of the programme.

Andres Coca-Stefaniak (2012) A Strategic Global-Local approach to Practice and Research in Town Centre Management

David Rock (2010) The Neuroscience of Leadership

Paul Munden (2013) Positioning Poetry : A Maverick Framework for the Curious and Bold

Behadad Shabayati (2013) Extending the Boundaries of Cytology

Davies Onduru (2013) Coping With Uncertainty : Perspectives On the Sustainability of Smallholder Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

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This series of linked awards (PGCert, PGDip, MA/MSc) enables graduate professionals in all sectors to enhance their continued professional development and lifelong learning through the negotiation of learning contracts, specifically developed work based learning initiatives and post graduate level academic study. Read more
This series of linked awards (PGCert, PGDip, MA/MSc) enables graduate professionals in all sectors to enhance their continued professional development and lifelong learning through the negotiation of learning contracts, specifically developed work based learning initiatives and post graduate level academic study.

The programme will also substantially build upon your professional expertise and prior learning and enable previously gained 'M level' credit to be incorporated into your customised post graduate programme of study.

Another named route that can be taken as part of the programme is MA Applied Professional Studies (Innovation). This is designed forthose of you whose current role is to innovate, either in public, social or private enterprise on a major or minor scale.

The aims of the programme are:

- To effectively plan personal continuing professional development by linking professional endeavour and academic scholarship

- To strategically link advanced professional practice and academic achievement as a way of leading and sustaining change in your place of work

- To explore and effectively develop inter-professional and trans-professional working

- To systematically plan and execute a major piece of independent work which informs and advances professionalism and influences strategic decision making.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/cpd/csse

Continuing Professional Development

This series of linked awards (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA/MSc) enables graduate professionals in all sectors to utilise their existing experience and prior learning. Our programmes continue their professional development and lifelong learning beyond this through the negotiation of learning contracts, specifically developed work based learning initiatives and post graduate level academic study which can be applied in the workplace and their careers beyond study.

What you'll study

For PGCert:
- Managing your Professional Development (15 credits)
- Negotiated Studies and/or taught Masters' level modules from any programme (15, 30 or 45 credits)

For PGDip:
- Research and the Professional (15 credits)
- Negotiated Studies and/or taught Masters' level modules from any programme (15, 30 or 45 credits)

For MA/MSc:
- Applied Professional Study (dissertation) (45 credits)
- Negotiated Studies and/or taught Masters' level modules from any programme (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

You are assessed through reflective portfolio, project reports, and evidence from past and current practice.

Career options

This programme provides a framework for continuing professional development and career progression customised to you and your background.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Develop an appreciation for changes in your field and learn how to respond to them with our Professional Studies (Sport Development) MA course. Read more
Develop an appreciation for changes in your field and learn how to respond to them with our Professional Studies (Sport Development) MA course. This work-centred, project-based course provides students with the unique and valuable opportunity to explore shifts in their professional context while developing the skills to deal with them effectively.

This responsive approach to professional development is remarkably enriching, rooted in the modern concept of action research. Students who complete this course find that they have renewed passion for moving upwards in their career, as well as the skills to succeed in higher positions.

The course is both flexible and carefully structured, with each supervised project focusing on a clear theme related to your professional area. Throughout the course, students are supported with project templates which guide them on structure, content and the research process.

Modules

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

1st Year
Stage one: PG Cert - Conceptual & Theoretical Discourses

2nd Year
Stage two: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues

3rd Year
Stage three: MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

For more information about this course, see the website: http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/ma-sport/

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The MA Professional Studies (English Literature) has been developed in response to new developments within further education (FE) and higher education (HE). Read more
The MA Professional Studies (English Literature) has been developed in response to new developments within further education (FE) and higher education (HE). In particular, the course focuses on challenges facing practitioners in FE institutions which are also emerging HE providers. The programme has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners who want to make the transition from FE to HE delivery and