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This course has been developed in conjunction with the ACCA to meet the requirements of both a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting and the ACCA Fundamental Skills syllabus. Read more
This course has been developed in conjunction with the ACCA to meet the requirements of both a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting and the ACCA Fundamental Skills syllabus.

On completion, you will be able to apply to the ACCA for exemptions from their Fundamental Skills papers F4 to F9.

This course is offered on a part-time and full-time basis.

You will study a broad range of subjects, including financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, taxation, auditing, law, quantitative techniques and economics, preparing you for a senior role in accountancy.

Membership of ACCA also provides you with access to the institute’s resources and the opportunity to network with senior professionals and executives.

As an ACCA Gold Learning Partner, the university is recognised as providing high quality standards of tuition and excellent student support.

On completion of the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting you will be able to progress onto the Accounting PGDip/MSc course.

ACCA Syllabus Mapping

We have designed the university awards to run alongside the ACCA qualifications. The Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting follows the ACCA’s F4-F9 fundamental skills papers. Upon completion of this you will gain a diploma and become part-qualified.

You can then progress onto the Masters and the ACCA’s professional-level syllabus. To become ACCA qualified you will also need to complete two papers P5, P6 or P7, this can be done alongside the MSc Accounting.

You will follow the ACCA’s Fundamental Skills syllabus for the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting qualification and, on completion of the course, will be able to apply to ACCA for exemptions from Fundamental Skills papers F4 to F9 inclusive.

Assessment involves both coursework and exams. We offer a high level of student support from a small and committed course team, and aim to keep class sizes below 30 students.

If you would like to just receive tuition from the university for any of the ACCA Fundamental Skills or Professional papers and sit exams directly with the ACCA, please email for more information. More details about individual papers are available from http://www.accaglobal.com.

Modules:

Corporate and Business Law (F4)
Performance Management (F5)
Taxation (F6)
Financial Reporting (F7)
Audit and Assurance (F8)
Financial Management (F9)

Flexible Study

Our programme has multiple entry and exit points depending on how many ACCA papers you have passed, or hold exemptions from. You can also choose to take this course either full-time (two days per week over one year) or part-time (one day per week over two years).

Students who take the full masters also have the option to exit the course early, graduating after one year with a Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting or with a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting by completing a shorter professional project in place of a dissertation.

If you want a more flexible approach, you can also sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

Learning Support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your Masters project work.

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification will help your career progress in any organisation. Employers worldwide will understand and respect your qualification. You will be in demand for your finance and accounting knowledge regardless of employment sector.

On completion of the Diploma in Professional Studies in Accounting you will be able to progress onto the Accounting PGDip/MSc course to gain a university qualification while receiving tuition for the ACCA professional-level papers.

Entrepreneurship network:

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project.

Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with key skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in their activities and events, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other graduates set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

For more information visit http://www.beepurple.co.uk

Mentoring scheme:

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

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The 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 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. Research skills are developed through means of a dissertation.

The MA Professional Studies is a part-time qualification which is a route to registration as an architect that also includes a research element in the form of a dissertation.

Distinctive features

• Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 3 level.

• Based on acclaimed research expertise within the Welsh School of Architecture and run by a leading author and expert in the field.

• Study while you work in practice; this course is taught by distance learning and short courses, where the emphasis is on workshops and group working.

• Benefit from a small cohort size, individual tutoring (normally including a workplace visit), and the wide variety of expert speakers and topics covered.

• Includes a module on international practice, unique for an ARB approved course.

• Supported by an active alumni network.

Structure

The course is taught by distance learning and supplemented by short courses, normally three one-week courses held in October, January and March. We also hold final assessment days in May or June. The activities you carry out on your work placement contribute to your learning experience and are monitored by the School.

Please visit the website to see the modules taught on this course:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/architecture-professional-studies-ma-part-time

Teaching

On this course you will be taught mainly through distance learning using the University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central. We’ll post course notes, assignments and support materials there and you can also use the forum facility to ask questions and engage with fellow students. Your coursework will be submitted electronically through digital dropboxes.

Due to the nature of this course, you are responsible for reading any emails sent by module tutors or announcements made through Learning Central on a frequent basis.

Assessment

Taught and project-based modules are assessed in a variety of different ways depending on the module content and learning outcomes (found in the module descriptions). We use class tests, course work (both written assignments and oral presentations or critical assessments/crits), and project work, or a combination of these to assess your progress on the module.

In the dissertation stage, your dissertation is the sole object of assessment. The dissertation is a written report on a piece of research which you have carried out in an agreed subject area under supervision. You may choose a topic relating to cutting edge professional practice, or a current issue or problem of concern to the profession. Your dissertation may involve collection and analysis of original data, or placing an original interpretation on existing data.

Career prospects

After completing the MA in Professional Studies, you will be able to register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and therefore use the title ‘architect’ in the UK. The profession of architecture is covered by the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC. Therefore, registration also gives you the right to register in other EU member states on successful completion of the course. A UK architectural qualification is generally valued worldwide.

Past graduates have gone on to found their own architectural practice and lead teams within large global architecture firms. MA students have also gone into research posts or academia. Tutors on this course have established links with architectural practice which can help students to network and make connections in the field. There is also a strong alumni network with international links that you may benefit from.

Placements

You will be based in a suitable work placement as part of this distance learning course. You are required to find your own placement location before the course begins, such as an architects practice, or an approved construction industry firm.

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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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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 research.

Students will be actively involved in rigorous and intellectually challenging research projects in order to develop a critical appreciation of the nature of HE research and delivery. The aim is to enable practitioners to reflect critically on their professional transition and dual role. It’s anticipated that the resulting research project will form the basis of one or more publishable papers in the subject of English literature and/or educational practice.

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 1: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses

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

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

More Information

Delivery
Delivery of the programme is based on the allocation of a project supervisor for each stage. The supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area and will provide guidance throughout the process. In addition to project supervision, research workshops/seminars with other students will be offered to supplement individual project work.

Assessment
Assessment of each stage is by completed project coursework. Formative feedback will be provided at appropriate points to give students an indication of their progress.

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Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course. Read more
Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course.

This intellectually rigorous postgraduate programme encourages collaborative engagement between staff and students, developing the faculty’s applied research portfolio and deepening links with related professions.

There are three key themes to the programme, each with their own supervised projects. The aim is to develop your critical understanding of your service area, exploring contextual issues which define the parameters of your field, and engaging in developmental-based project work.

You’ll be given plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your own concerns, ensuring that you complete the course with the most valuable knowledge and skills possible.

Modules

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

Stage 1: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses
Stage 2: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
Stage 3: Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

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While you will be working to a generic project structure and set of learning outcomes, each project will be based on a set of criteria specific to the chosen subject specialism. The focus and content will be negotiated with a supervisor who is research active in that specialism.

It is anticipated that project work will lead to publication in an appropriate journal or other academic outlet, following the completion of the assessment process.

The University of St Mark & St John is proud to be a preferred training provider of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and registered to ELCAS (Centre Code 4437).

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This Professional Studies (Outdoor Education/Outdoor Learning/Adventure Education) MA is the ideal course for ambitious professionals with a keen interest in developments within their field. Read more
This Professional Studies (Outdoor Education/Outdoor Learning/Adventure Education) MA is the ideal course for ambitious professionals with a keen interest in developments within their field.

The project-based, work-centred course enables students to develop a critical appreciation of fundamental changes in their profession. All the while, students will work on acquiring the skills necessary to deal with the challenges these changes present. This responsive approach is grounded in the concept of action research, which encourages students to react to and explore issues as and when they emerge within their professional context. This flexible course is carefully structured, with three supervised projects based on a theme related to your field.

You’ll be supported throughout the course with project templates which clearly outline structure, content and the research process.

On this course, you’ll be assigned a project supervisor for each stage. Your supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area so that they can provide you with tailored guidance and support throughout. If necessary, a second supervisor will be introduced.

Students will also take part in research workshops in which they’ll explore particular research themes with other students. As a participant on this course, you’ll enjoy full access to a wide range of electronic resources, as well as additional tutorial support where necessary. It is anticipated that one of the course projects will lead to a joint publication between supervisor and student.

Modules

Each stage of the programme is delivered through a project.

1st Year - PG Cert - Conceptual & Theoretical Discourses
There is the opportunity to consider the debates that constitute the terms of reference for Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning or Adventure Education within organisations. For example: debates relating to the range and scope of the outdoor industry or field; ideology and outdoor interventions; the changing approaches and influences in education outdoors; the application of theory to Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning or Adventure Education processes. This is an individual tutorial based course, in person in Plymouth and/or via Skype, telephone or email, whatever suits you best.

2nd Year - PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
This section will look at the students professional practice and how the policy drivers and process impact the provision of Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning. This will include exploring the development of policy networks, the role of stakeholders, evaluation of the policy process and concepts and constructions of professionalism.

3rd Year - MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations
This is an opportunity for the student to engage in a research project about their professional practice in context, with a focus on developmental based project work. For example direct engagement in some aspect of the strategic planning process within the student’s professional area. This may concern multi-agency and partnership work and could focus on participants or staff, pedagogy, programme design and implementation of strategies and initiatives.

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Assessment of each stage of the programme will be based on the grade awarded for the completed project, formative assessment will also be provided at two points during the year in order to provide students with an indication of their progress.

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This is a dissertation-only, distance learning course for those who hold a PGDE with 120 valid credits. The programme facilitates you to build on your PGDE learning, helping you to gain all skills necessary to conduct a Masters-level dissertation study in your own professional context. Read more

About the course

This is a dissertation-only, distance learning course for those who hold a PGDE with 120 valid credits. The programme facilitates you to build on your PGDE learning, helping you to gain all skills necessary to conduct a Masters-level dissertation study in your own professional context.

Your career

We offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

About us

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice. We’re supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.

You’ll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan’s work on disability in education has been described as ground breaking.

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they’re published. The University’s library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.

Structure, teaching and assessment

All MA courses follow a similar pattern with two core modules (1 and 4) and two subject-specific modules (2 and 3).

Teaching and learning takes place via lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion, active inquiry and investigations. Regular meetings with a personal tutor support and encourage your learning and understanding.

A weekly tutorial and a Study of Education course accompanies the taught modules.

There are no formal written examinations and assessment is by coursework and a 15–20,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

Dissertation (Educational Studies)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place via a number of Saturday study schools, spread throughout the year, as well as individual tutor support. The dissertation is split into a 4,000 word proposal, followed by a 12,000-16,000 word dissertation.

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Programme description. This programme has been developed in response to the introduction of the Adult Protection and Support (Scotland) Act 2007 that puts at the forefront of contemporary professional practice and priorities, the importance of working with adults who are at risk of harm. Read more

Programme description

This programme has been developed in response to the introduction of the Adult Protection and Support (Scotland) Act 2007 that puts at the forefront of contemporary professional practice and priorities, the importance of working with adults who are at risk of harm.

The programme is intended for experienced practitioners (minimum two years post-qualifying experience) from a range of relevant agencies providing services to adults at risk of harm.

Programme structure

You will study 12 taught days and eight days of online learning.

Learning outcomes

You will develop confidence and competence within the complex field of adult protection in order to practice autonomously and collaboratively with individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Career opportunities

This programme is intended to build on your existing skills and improve your professional abilities. On completion, you will be better placed to take on more advanced roles within your existing workplace, or apply for those that offer a greater degree of responsibility.

Advanced study such as this also provides a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to your current role or used to enhance future employment prospects in any field.



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This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Career Guidance. You'll take the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) - alongside the PgDip. Read more
This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Career Guidance. You'll take the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) - alongside the PgDip. You'll learn about policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, partnership working and research based practice. A significant amount of your learning also takes place whilst on placement where you'll gain the practical skills to successfully work with adults and young people in the wide range of settings in which careers guidance is practiced. These include workplaces, the voluntary sector, higher and further education careers services, secondary education and the recently formed National Careers Service.For those successfully completing the PgDip, you can progress to complete the full MA qualification via completion of a dissertation.

This course is available on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis. Successful completion of the course results in the Career Development Institute approved career guidance professional qualification (the Qualification in Career Guidance or QCG). The course can lead to a wide variety of interesting and rewarding career prospects in career guidance companies, higher and further education careers and employability services, secondary education and third sector organisations.You can find out more via [the CDI website|[email protected]//http://www.thecdi.net].

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. All members of our team have strong links with the workplace and are professionally qualified in relevant vocational areas. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Titles of work undertaken by students on this course have included:

• Career counselling and youth employability

• Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in Schools (CEIAG): When should CEIAG be delivered and how should it be delivered?

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