Professional development short courses

Our Continued Professional Development (CPD) short courses give you the opportunity to enhance your professional skills or gain a university qualification.

Introduction to Master's-Level Study

The Introduction to Master's-Level Study (Academic Threshold Concept) introduces introduces you to the concepts and skills required for successful study of the Master’s programmes delivered by Digital and Lifelong Learning. This is an online short course, attendance is not required.

To access it you will be using the University of Kent's Virtual Learning Environment. This is a self-guided study resource comprising two parts plus a third part for those wishing to gain academic credit.

  • Part I: an introduction to the skills needed to research and write assignments at Masters' level.
  • Part II: an introduction to concepts of learning at Master's level.
  • Part III: assessment details (only required if seeking to gain academic credit).

From the course you develop skills in the following areas: the ability to communicate clearly in written formats in academic and professional workplace settings; manage complex information effectively and present this using a comprehensive range of learning resources; demonstrate a capacity for autonomous learning and the ability to access professional resources as appropriate.

By the end of the course you will be able to: understand and demonstrate the academic concepts required to advance professional practice in regard to scholarship; apply the conventions and techniques of academic writing to interpret knowledge and practice within a professional context; develop academic writing and critical reasoning capabilities.

  • On successful completion of Parts 1, 2 and 3 you are awarded 15 credits.
  • You can purchase Parts 1 & 2 at a total cost of £100 (this is a non-credit bearing option).
  • For those wishing to go on to gain academic credit, the cost for Part 3 is £550.

As this is an online short course, students can start it at any time but it must be completed within 9 calendar months.

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