Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters Degree in Professional Practice

To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate you need to achieve 60 credits. If you begin with a Postgraduate Certificate you can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma ( a further 60 credits or a Masters Degree (a further 120 credits)

Depending on your job role, and level of responsibility, you may be able to gain up to 60 credits from an APL claim.

Who is it for?

This course offers a flexible, work based project route for professionals who wish to achieve a Postgraduate qualification. You can gain credit for your experience and your course is linked directly to carrying out projects at work.

Course Details

The modules are as follows:

Personal Planning Session (mandatory)
You get to know us and we get to know you. We make sure that the programme is right for you and help you to determine whether you would benefit from making a claim for the accreditation of prior learning (APL) to give exemption from some of the modules.

Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning (10 credits - optional)
This module supports you to present your evidence of prior learning to make your claim for credit. The process of 'tapping' your knowledge generates new learning in itself! This means you will be awarded 10 credits for successful completion of the module plus APL credits, if your APL claim is successful, to a maximum of 20 credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate, 40 credits towards a Postgraduate Diploma and 60 credits towards an MA Degree. You can make a claim against core or optional modules.

Programme Negotiation (10 credits - mandatory)
This module will enable you to negotiate your programme to meet your needs, the needs of your organisation and the requirements of the university.

Practitioner Enquiry: Scoping Projects (10 credits - mandatory prior to 60 credit project)
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills need to carry out your work based project.


The remaining modules will be made up of:

A choice of short course modules

A 20 credit Project

A 60 credit Project

These modules will be agreed during the Programme Negotiation module.


Assessments are based on applying your learning to work based activities so they are highly relevant and useful, and there are no exams!

Entry requirements

You don’t need formal qualifications to apply. If you have qualifications we normally accept a minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent qualification. In the absence of formal qualifications, equivalent experience and aptitude for study at the level of your target qualification will be considered instead.

You will need to be in work (paid or unpaid) in a role which provides the scope for you to achieve the aims and learning outcomes of your target qualification.

If English is not your first language an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required (minimum element apply). Alternative qualifications are accepted. Overseas students will need a visa for study.

Applicants will usually have at least 3 years work experience in a role which allows for the scope to undertake postgraduate work based projects. All applications require employer/stakeholder support.


Course Fees 2014/15

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