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Practice-Based Research (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

This programme offers a taught degree option which allows students from a range of disciplines to research their own practice. The aims of this programme are to provide students with:
- the knowledge, understanding, discipline and rigour to carry out work-based research and enquiry

- the opportunity to develop the self-awareness necessary to undertake practice-based research

- the opportunity to undertake masters' level study through an enquiry into their own practice

- a range of transferable skills within the domain of research and enquiry

- an excellent leadership development opportunity

On completing the programme, students will be well placed to continue with a research degree at Doctoral level if they wish. The programme content will focus on methodological issues and their application in the student's practice setting. The subject matter which is the focus of the student's learning activity will be particular to each student.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-in-practice-based-research

Why choose this course?

This innovative new programme has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners who are mid-career and want to further their education by focussing on their own practice. As a student, your studies will therefore be directly related to your work and your own personal area of interest. The aim of the course is to allow you to explore your practice in a way which improves your work performance whilst gaining a Masters qualification. The programme should be challenging and enlightening to you, both personally and as a practitioner. This programme serves as an excellent leadership development opportunity as it involves a robust enquiry into how you, as a leader, carry out your practice.

Previous participants on the programme have included professionals form the fields of education, health, finance, armed services, and engineering

Teaching methods

Following an induction session, the programme will be delivered using 2 day blocks to introduce each module, supplemented by three single follow-up days.

Learning and teaching strategies include group work, presentations, whole group discussions, use of art, video, the internet and web-based resources as well as use of Information Hertfordshire's resources within the physical and virtual LRC environments. Group tutorials will be used as a means to support individual learners within their peer group and private discussion facilities for these groups will be set up on StudyNet. Individual tutorials will be available as required. Students will also be invited to the School of Education's research seminar series which is organised throughout the year.

The programme consists of three modules, each carrying the award of 60 credits at masters' level.
1. Critical Review of Literature looks at what has already been written about the subject you are researching; how are you interpreting the literature and how are you developing a framework for understanding your practice?

2. Exploring Research Design looks at how you can design a research project which will allow you to explore your focus effectively in your professional context.

3. The Practice-Based Research Project is your opportunity to undertake specific primary research into your own practice in order to further develop that practice and to establish yourself as a key contributor to the field.

The taught sessions help to guide you through the research processes and, along with tutorials, support your development as a practice-based researcher.

Cohorts will be capped at 15 people each, and each cohort is supported by a teaching team of 4 members of the faculty.

The assessment strategy reflects the practice-based nature of the course. Formative assessment will occur throughout the course. Each module will be summatively assessed through one coursework assignment. The content of the assignments will be dependent on the individuals' workplace context and area of interest.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-in-practice-based-research#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Practice-Based Research (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1. Normally, an honours degree OR a range of work experience that demonstrates the candidate is able to work at honours degree level. 2. Informal discussion with a member of the programme teaching team to discuss the area in which the candidate wishes to carry out their research to ensure it is appropriate for the programme, and that the candidate is able to engage with the challenging nature of practice-based research. 3. Relevant work experience (will be assessed on individual basis)

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