Professional Practice

Professional Practice (Teaching and Learning) - MSc

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Overview

Professional Practice (Teaching and Learning) MSc is a part-time, work-based programme for qualified teachers who want to develop and enhance their working practice at Master's level.

Who is the programme for?

This part-time, flexible, work-based Master's qualification is suitable for all qualified teachers and offers you the opportunity to attain academic recognition for the skills, knowledge and experience that you have developed in the workplace whilst focusing on a specific area of practice relevant to your work and career progression. 

You explore your profession further and consider the professional challenges associated within your specific area of practice, with modules that have been designed to help you review and analyse the current debates relevant to the professional context in which you are working.

Requests for APECL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning) or Credit Transfer

You are encouraged to convert prior learning achievements into University of Kent academic credit via Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning. To be eligible for accreditation, prior learning must be at the appropriate and relevant to the programme's learning outcomes. For further information, visit: https://www.kent.ac.uk/professional-practice/programmes/apecl

The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP)

The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation. The Centre's programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice.

We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a minimum of two years’ professional experience and hold an undergraduate degree, in addition to a teaching qualification.

If you do not hold the required entry qualification(s) but believe that you would be able to participate in this programme and have the potential to work at Master's level please contact us.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years part-time

This part-time, flexible programme has been designed to encourage you to think more deeply about the challenges associated with your professional practice while enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations. The programme is both academic and practical in its orientation: it aims to improve professional skills alongside those of academic analysis, synthesis and criticality.

Core and optional modules are taught on our Medway campus or at a Medway Partnership School via a series of extended weekend sessions, on average four weekends a year, Friday-Sunday, 9.00-17.00. 

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

In Stage 1 - Year 1 (PG Certificate) you take the following core modules:

In Stage 2 - Year 2 (PG Diploma) you take the following core modules:

In Stage 3 - Year 3 (MSc) you take the following core module:

Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience. They are experienced in delivering work-related programmes and understand the constraints of balancing a career with the demands of higher education.

Teaching and assessment

As the prime objective is to enhance professional practice applied within the workplace, you will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of conceptual and analytical skills.

All assessment and prepartory tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of professional practice within the context of your work and specialist subject area.

Assessments can be through:

  • oral presentations
  • written assignments
  • work-based projects
  • portfolio assessments

In Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced practitioners to extend and deepen their analytical and critical reasoning capabilities underpinning practice-based learning
  • develop experienced practitioners' competence in applying theoretical and practice skills to advance change and leadership in organisations
  • equip experienced practitioners with the knowledge and understanding to enhance and extend their professional practice experience through work-based learning.
  • enable you to develop your skills in higher-level reflection in relation to work-based practice
  • provide experienced practitioners with interdisciplinary perspectives on professional practice through collaborative inter/multidisciplinary exchange
  • develop the critical and analytical capabilities of experienced practitioners in relation to project management, data analysis and interpretation of data
  • provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of critical evaluation and enquiry in the practice environment
  • equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for work-based practice
  • develop practitioners who actively participate in shaping strategic organisational interests
  • develop opportunities for self-directed learning and reflection
  • enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in learning that seeks to capture reflection on experience gained in everyday organisational practice
  • enhance the experienced practitioner’s programme of personal development.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • experiential learning: theory, concepts and how they apply to practice
  • reflection on learning, leadership styles and approaches gained through practice
  • principles of strategic decision making in organisations
  • principles and practice involved in inter-professional working
  • reflective evaluation in relation to theoretical methodological frameworks
  • practice-based research and enquiry
  • principles of theory testing in practice in relation to enhancing and developing practice
  • project management skills
  • professional knowledge in your special area of practice
  • your professional profile in relation to current practice that informs into personal career plans.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in the following:

  • to present critical, analytical reasoning and experiential learning in organised, written and oral formats
  • the critical analysis of case studies
  • to engage in experiential learning that demonstrably enhances practice
  • the ability to develop a reflective professional portfolio
  • the design and implementation of a programme of practice-based enquiry
  • collecting and analysing qualitative or quantitative data from experiential learning to inform evidence-based enquiry
  • designing, implementing, analysing and presenting a substantial research project (the dissertation).

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • engaging with members of multidisciplinary teams
  • leading strategic operational planning for organisations
  • the ability to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of change management
  • presenting evidence-based practice
  • methodologies for evaluating analysing and appraising organisational practice.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • evaluation
  • report writing
  • reflection on experiential learning
  • effective use of skills related to experiential learning in a practice setting to establish a future personal plan within the context of professional development
  • independent learning skills required for continuing professional development.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home part-time £3000
  • International part-time TBC

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

EU students

Kent is supporting its EU students as the UK leaves the EU with a special EU fee offered for students joining in 2021 for the duration of their programmes. EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. It will not affect students starting courses in academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.


Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Funding

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The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2020, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 10 for research intensity. This is a measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

Please see the University League Tables 2021 for more information.

Independent rankings

Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017.

Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework*

*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here

Research areas

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Kent was ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity. We have world-leading research in all subjects and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality. With programmes of study that are informed by research, our students are able to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary issues.

Current research areas include:

  • power dynamics
  • experiential learning
  • reflective practice
  • professionalisation
  • communities of practice.

Careers

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers will value.

A postgraduate degree in professional practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as head teachers, subject leads and head of departments. Most recent graduates have gone on to work at Rochester Grammar School, Chatham Grammar School for Boys and the University of Kent.

Study support

Flexible programmes

The Centre recognises and understands the individual needs of working professionals, who participate as non-traditional part-time learners, and the balance required between study and the specific areas within which they operate. Our flexible programmes of study provide inclusive and coherent educational and work-related opportunities, which provide you with the opportunity to study either individual modules or to work towards a postgraduate certificate, diploma or Master’s degree. Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience.

Professional links

Our staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge in designing and delivering work-related programmes, providing valuable contributions to the design, development and delivery of current professional practice programmes. With strong links to local and national employers, the Centre is able to ensure that its programmes are contemporary.

The Centre is also responsible for developing and accrediting postgraduate training courses delivered by NHS Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (Postgraduate Dental Deanery), Kent Community Health NHS Trust and the New Horizons Teaching School Alliance, with whom the University of Kent has close working relationships.

Continuing professional development (CPD) courses

We offer a number of CPD courses in evidence-based practice, research skills, collaborative and inter-professional working. You can obtain further information about these programmes from the Centre.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books, both nationally and internationally.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

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