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Training and Development (MEd / PG Cert / PG Dip)

Course Description

This innovative distance learning programme is established as one of the leading Masters in Training and Development in the UK and Europe, and has proved extremely popular with successive groups of local and international students. The programme is specifically designed for experienced practitioners in the fields of training and human resource development. Participants are attracted from a wide cross-section of professional backgrounds from multinational organisations to private consultancies and the public sector. These include:-

- Utilities
- Specialised Training Consultancies
- Banking and Insurance
- National Training Organisations
- Retail and Commerce
- Local Authorities
- Social, Health and Voluntary Services
- Rural and Community Development
- Further and Higher Education
- Communications and Information Technology Industries
- Manufacturing and transport
- The Armed Forces

Each programme aims to provide a range of learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of busy professionals who are involved in or are likely to be involved in training and development activity and initiatives at a strategic level. Each course aims to engage you in a stimulating process of learning and research into your own professional practice as a trainer and developer of adults, and into the literature and theory which inform this field. The sessions focus on your own working environment, allowing you to test and put into practice the subjects covered.

The two distance-learning formats, one with residential weekends, the other as total distance learning, offer you the flexibility to choose the mode of study that best meets your needs. Both options are supported by a virtual learning environment and social networking tools provide ample opportunity to work collaboratively with peers.

The programme has been specifically designed for experienced practitioners in the fields of training and human resource development. Students are attracted from a wide cross-section of professional backgrounds from multinational organisations to private consultancies and the public sector.

We follow an andragogic approach to learning and encourage you to become independent, self-directed learners. What you learn on the course is based around your own needs and experiences. No one student will learn in exactly the same way from this course. The course aims, first, to provide detailed analysis of learning theory and the training process, in order to advance your understanding of the job you do. Second, it aims not only to change your thinking, but also to make you a more effective practitioner within the field of training and development, by encouraging you to reflect on both theory and practice and the interaction between the two.

Structure and content
PG Cert:
- Learning and Training Theories, Policies and Practice
- Training, Development and Organisations

PG Dip – all of the above plus:
- Managing and Training for Performance, Knowledge and Diversity
- Auditing and Researching Training

MEd – all of the above plus a Dissertation

Each module carries 30 credits and covers a period of 12 weeks commencing January, May or September. You should, probably, aim to study for 8 to 12 hours a week, although, as people differ in the time they need to assimilate information, this can only be an approximation. This study time includes reading your texts and supplementary materials, making any notes, and working towards your assignment.

Masters students complete a 60 credit supervised 20,000 - 25,000 word dissertation and aim to complete the full programme within 2 years. Full details of the procedures and requirements are given in a separate Dissertation Handbook which is distributed after module 4.

Residential weekends
Weekends begin with lunch at 1.00 pm on a Friday and continue through to approximately 1.00 pm on Sunday when Sunday lunch is served before travelling home. Each group will help to shape the content that might comprise a variety of learning experiences such as:
- tutor group meetings to continue group reflection and discussion around the curriculum and support for individual progress;
- a group exercise designed for the whole year group;
- mini-lectures or interactive sessions led by members of the course team;
- a guest speaker related to the profession or to a pertinent research topic;
- a study skills session;
- some leisure and social time to facilitate informal networking and individual relaxation and reflection.

If you choose this mode of study, attendance at the residentials is an integral part of the programme; permission for exemption is only given in exceptional circumstances.

The Friday afternoon of your first residential is designed to introduce you to members of the course team, your subject librarian and to one another. There is also an introduction to the skills required to study at this level, and the electronic information resources available to you.

Applications are welcomed from experienced practitioners in the fields of training and human resource development.

Entry Requirements

See course description

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