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Course content

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.

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

Visit the MSc Professional Studies page on the University of Southampton website for more details!




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