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Masters in Professional Practice

The Masters programme provides an opportunity for graduates employed in a range of professional posts, across public and private services, to undertake further development to achieve a level of mastery in their line of work. The pathways within the Masters will attract students delivering public and private services, enabling them to mix and match modules to reflect their roles within the organisation: including leadership, education and the development of advanced practice. In addition, individual modules will provide an opportunity for the local workforce to access continual professional development in line with professional and regulatory requirements.

Aims of the programme

The programme aims to: equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to plan and deliver services within the dynamic context of professional practice by enabling the student to:

Knowledge and understanding

Outcomes

On completion of this programme the successful student will:

  1. Critically evaluate the key concepts supporting advanced professional practice in education, leadership or practice.
  2. Critically examine the legal, ethical and professional issues associated with professional practice.
  3. Critically evaluate the development and implementation of policy and strategy within their own area of practice.
  4. Critically evaluate current theoretical and methodological approaches and how these affect the way the knowledge base is interpreted.

Skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  1. Use critical reflection to facilitate transformational learning in self and others
  2. Develop creativity, originality and strategic thought.
  3. Critically analyse complex, incomplete or contradictory evidence/data and judge the appropriateness of the enquiry methodologies used.
  4. Synthesise information from disparate sources to identify opportunities to transform and improve services.
  5. Critically analyse and propose solutions to work based problems evaluating their strategic alignment with organisational priorities.

 

Course content 

Compulsory modules

Students must take all of the following:

Extended Project (60 credits)
Research and Development Methods (30 credits)

Optional modules (90 credits required) 

Advanced Assessment and Decision Making (30 credits)
Active Learning and Assessment (30 credits)
Advancing Professional Practice (15 credits)
Coaching and Mentoring (30 credits)
Community Wellbeing  (30 credits)
Coaching and mentoring (30 credits)
Consultancy (15 credits)
Leading, developing and working within teams (30 credits)
Leading a Quality Service (15 credits)
Leading service development (15 credits)
Policy, Strategy and Planning (30 credits)
Pedagogy and Practice in Education (30 credits)
Resource management and achieving commercial goals (15 credits)
Work-Based Project (10 Credits or 15 Credits or 20 Credits)

 

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