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This novel scheme is designed for those working at postgraduate level in industry, or in an area of interest not catered for by the taught masters programme, who wish to have their work accredited for an appropriate academic award.

The course allows you to:

  • choose your own study area, enabling you to pursue a topic which suits your work or personal interests
  • set your own goals, objectives and timescales in conjunction with your university supervisor, so the programme is your own
  • have one-to-one support and guidance from your supervisor enabling you to establish a good relationship and receive the benefit of your their knowledge and expertise
  • be able to study in your workplace, part-time over two years, maximising learning opportunities and minimising time away from work
  • gain a masters-level qualification through a flexible course which fits with the demands of your job and your lifestyle.

The key to the scheme is the specification of a learning agreement. Each agreement is unique and defined after discussions between the participant, the course leader, the employer (where appropriate) and an academic supervisor.

Course structure

The learning agreement is defined by a number of goals which are developed into learning objectives and activities.

Assessment procedures and criteria are established. A proportion of the goals may, with agreement, be achieved by successful completion of relevant modules taken from existing masters degrees within the university.

The programme is available for all potential masters-level work across a wide range of subjects. Students are examined at the end of their agreed learning programme by written dissertation and through an oral examination.

If a number of people from one company or a group of companies all wish to undertake the course, studying similar topics, the course can be run as a group activity. You will each have individual learning agreements, but there will be a university group facilitator who will meet with you all regularly and run action learning sets.

This way of taking the MA/MSc By Learning Objectives is a very cost-effective way of improving the skills of key members of a workforce, while delivering continuing professional development and giving employees the opportunity to achieve a valuable qualification.


A masters degree will improve your employability. It shows dedication and professionalism in your career.

Brighton postgraduates are a sought after by a wide range of employers.

Visit the By Learning Objectives (MSc) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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