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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Staff Performance / Development

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This Work-Based Learning MA programme is designed to engage students in maximising their knowledge, skills, employability attributes and professional development opportunities needed in the workplace, by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. As a result, students can become more informed and more effective at work. The Masters programme in Work-Based Learning (WBL) at Newman University provides flexible lifelong learning opportunities for professionals currently in employment (either paid or voluntary). Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to explore their own personal and professional interests, whilst utilizing (and building upon) their existing expertise. The focus is upon ‘capturing learning in the workplace’, by exploiting the different kinds of knowledge which can be used at work, via an application to working practices. This is achieved by centring upon the critical evaluation and synthesis of an individuals’ professional practice by specifically analysing their professional and personal development. Put simply, work-based learning is learning for work, at work and through work.

Students can gain credits towards their WBL postgraduate qualification (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA, and MSc) for relevant work already completed in the workplace, such as CPD programmes at the appropriate level. By focusing on a WBL approach to study, numerous benefits can be available to students such as: bespoke, relevant, student-focused, flexible programmes of study offering formal recognition of their occupational role; an acknowledgement of skills and knowledge gained at work; opportunities for workplace continual professional development (CPD) and career advancement; networking openings; alongside routes into various higher education awards. Indeed, if students wish to progress their studies even further then the WBL programme provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to doctoral study at level 8 such as PhD, EdD and DProf. Students will achieve PGDip and PGcert awards.

There are subject-specific ’named awards’ available to students are Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management and Administration); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Chaplaincy); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Criminal Justice); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Drama); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (English, Literature, and Society); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Entrepreneurship); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Football Development and Management); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Heritage and Public History); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Marketing); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Sport in Digital Society); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Sports Coaching); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Social Care: Policy and Practice); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Working with Children, Young People & Families); Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Youth and Community Work).

Different course options

Study mode

Part time

Duration

3 years

Start date

SEP

Modules

Research Methods WBM702 - Core
Critical Reflective Practice WBM701 - Core
Personal Development Planning WBM700 - Core
Work-Based Project
Research Project

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£5,100

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a 2:1 classification. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification, combined with exceptional additional (work) experience may be considered. As students will normally have completed an undergraduate degree or hold equivalent work-based experiences, they will be expected to demonstrate the practical and intellectual ability to actively engage in directed and independent study and research. All applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the application process, in order for the programme team to ascertain their suitability for the programme.