Professional & Vocational Masters Degrees deliver highly vocational training to postgraduates seeking to work in specific career paths and regulated professions (such as teaching). This discipline also includes a large number of continuing professional development (CPD) courses, aimed at applicants with existing experience.
Programs are usually taught courses, focussing on key skills rather than academic theory. Some award full MA or MSc courses, but shorter Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas are also common - lacking the research component of a Masters degree.
Unlike academic subject areas, Professional & Vocational postgraduate training almost always has an obvious employment outcome. You may be training for a specific profession such as teaching, nursing or accounting. Or you may be returning to study in order to pick up additional skills and stay up to date with your profession.
In some cases these degrees can function as 'conversion courses' - offering a way for students to move into regulated fields such as law or education, without having studied them as an undergraduate.
Some more general programs are available, but these tend to focus on core transferrable skills such as copywriting or key IT competencies that can be used in a range of professional scenarios.