Students must apply via one of the following online application forms:-
Course starts: 14 October 2019Apply now
This innovative programme is interdisciplinary and responds to political and economic changes in the health, social work and social care, criminal justice, youth work, education and early years sectors. It is suitable for experienced practitioners and managers as well as those aspiring to play an active role in practice development in the future.
A typical week for you will include workshops, group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises, skills development such as critiquing skills, data analysis skills using software such as SPSS, QCA and NVivo, project related work facilitated by guidance supervision and directed and independent learning.
Learning resources and lecture notes will also be available through our virtual learning environment.
Full-time students will start in October and the course will require 30 hours per week, including taught sessions and self study. You will work on your empirical project in practice development from the spring term onwards and submit your project in early September.
Part-time students will also normally start in October and the course will require 15 hours per week, including taught sessions and self study. You will be expected to submit your empirical project in practice development in September, two years after beginning the course.
You will also undertake a core empirical project module. There are five options depending on your chosen pathway:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:2 or above) or equivalent.
Applicants with ordinary degrees or non degree level professional qualifications will be considered on the basis of equivalence to the normal requirement. Experience may be counted towards your application.
Please note that before we can confirm any offer of a place to you, we require:
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in all four areas.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course.
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
MSc Practice Development is deliberately transformative in that it is concerned with change at an individual and organisational level.
At an individual level, it offers you the opportunity to embark on a journey to make a difference and improve yourself personally, academically and professionally.
Being associated with innovation and change has added value. The lived experience of designing and managing change will enhance your credibility in a challenging and competitive employment market. It depicts the individual is a leader - ‘shaper’, ‘mover’ and ‘innovator’, attributes which are highly prized in the current climate.
Practice Development can have a positive impact on an organisation's culture. Implementing innovation and change enhances an organisation's reputation as one which is forward thinking and keen to transform services. Highly qualified and able individuals who share similar values and principles would be keen to work for such an organisation.
Both individuals and organisations could pride themselves by joining and being part of national and international Communities of Practice Development such as the England Centre for Practice Development, which are regarded as Beacon Sites and Centres of Excellence.
Your Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.
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