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PgCert/PgDip/MA/MSc Professional Practice

Course Description

This is an interdisciplinary programme for professionals who want to develop and enhance their practice at postgraduate level. It is a workbased learning programme designed for participants from a variety of professional settings including the private, public and third sector, for example, health and social care; education; local government; public services; human resources; administrative services; cultural industries or the arts.

This course will be held at the Medway Campus


Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/224/professional-practice#!overview

Course detail

The programme offers you the opportunity to explore your profession further, consider the challenges associated with your professional practice and develop your generic knowledge and skills in the workplace; while being able to focus on a specific area of practice relevant to you and your work. In particular, you develop strategic skills, knowledge of leadership styles and approaches, and critical analysis in the context of multi-agency working and research-based practice.


You explore your profession further and consider the professional challenges associated within your specific area of practice, with modules that have been designed to help you review and analyse the current debates relevant to the professional context in which you are working.

Format and assessment

This flexible programme allows you to follow one of our specific accredited pathways or select modules of personal and professional interest from across the University, enabling you to review and analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional context in which you are working.

Core modules:
• Learning and Development in Organisations
• Inter-professional Working
• Evidence Based Practice
• Research Skills
• Dissertation

Optional modules:

Students are able to select optional modules from the Centre for Professional Practice module catalogue or the wider University of Kent catalogue.

Assessments can be through:

- Oral presentations
- Written assignments
- Work-based projects
- Portfolio assessments
- Reflecting learning submissions
- Action Learning Sets

In Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words


A postgraduate degree in professional practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as head teachers, head of human resources and organisation development, college and university administration managers. Most recent graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), Rochester Grammar School, Chatham Grammar School for Boys and the University of Kent.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the PgCert/PgDip/MA/MSc Professional Practice page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lorna Parrett, Corporate Events Manager

5330.gif “The sense of achievement was phenomenal. Its given me confidence in my professional ability to think far “outside the box”. For me, it was perfect and I would recommend it to others. I did some really interesting modules that I would never have thought to have done before. My department is already making use of my research findings.

Since graduating with my Master’s in 2015, my career has gone from strength to strength, I feel able to make strategic decisions with confidence and my relationships within my profession have significantly developed. The CPP team was so supportive and used to dealing with students holding down family commitments and a full-time job. The course is designed for those in full-time work, so holding the seminars at the weekends was amazing and allowed me to consider doing the Master’s at my age, without impacting on my career and my team”.


Entry Requirements

A professional qualification or appropriate degree-level qualification and/or equivalent work experience at the appropriate level. Students entering the programme will be expected to demonstrate professional experience in a role that involves responsibility which they have held for at least two years. Applicants without traditional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to demonstrate potential to study at postgraduate level. English Language requirements: View Website

Last Updated

31 March 2017

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