MA Advanced Professional Practice

MA Advanced Professional Practice

Take a tailored route towards a full professionally-relevant MA

Take a tailored route towards a full professionally-relevant MA

2 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

Overview

Meet your CPD requirements as you work towards a full MA degree

Our MA Advanced Professional Practice has been designed for experienced professionals allows you to take a tailored route to an MA.

This is ideal if you want to achieve a qualification that meets your professional CPD requirements whilst gaining academic credits.

Your individual pathway is designed to meet your specific areas of interest, with the modules and assessments focused on knowledge and skills that will develop you and your organisation.

Professional development

Our MA Advanced Professional Practice course is aimed primarily at qualified and experienced practitioners and managers in professions that ‘work with people’.

These include social work, health, social care, early years, further and higher education and other public service organisations.

Your individual pathway is designed to meet your specific areas of interest, with the modules and assessments focused on knowledge and skills that will develop you and your organisation.

Build towards a full MA

You have the option to build towards an MA just one module at a time.

Similarly, you may leave the programme with the interim awards of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

These are standalone postgraduate awards in their own right but can also be stepping stones to an MA.

This is ideal if you wish to return to your studies after a break or are hesitant about committing to a full MA.

There are also opportunities for you to import postgraduate modules studied at other universities, or ‘upgrade’ to M-level credits CPD undertaken through the workplace.

On this course you will:

  • Meet your professional CPD requirements as you gain credits towards a full MA degree.
  • Explore your specific areas of interest.
  • Develop your future career opportunities in a variety of professional roles.
  • Study on a flexible course that fits around your current career.

The Course

Prepare for the wide range of experiences and learning opportunities that you will encounter in practice

Modules can be:

  • Delivered in the workplace or at the University.
  • Studied as intensive short courses with the option of doing an assessment to gain credit.
  • Used as a vehicle to gain academic credit for in-house or other forms of non-accredited CPD activity
  • Tailored to meet the specific needs of employers.
This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making

Develop your critical thinking and decision making within the context of uncertainty, incomplete or contradictory information when working under time pressure or in conflictual and emotive situations.

Developing Advanced Practice

You will have the opportunity to identify key aspects of your practice, analyse and reflect on these utilising current research and theory to inform your decision making processes.

Developing Professional Leadership

Here you are encouraged to develop and use your leadership potential, regardless of your job title.

Developing Resilience

This module will equip practitioners with a theoretical and practical understanding of the impact of the concept of resilience on professional practice.

Leadership and Management in a Professional Setting

Aimed at advanced practitioners who want to develop their leadership and management expertise.

Practice Education 2

This module enables you to meet both the stage 1 and stage 2 requirements for the Practice Educator Professional Standards for social work (PEPS).

Research Methods and Dissertation

This final module enables you to undertake a research project in a specialist area of professional practice. You will be taught a range of research methods and will then apply these to explore a subject in-depth and analyse, interpret, and synthesise relevant information and data.

End of Life Care

Gain an understanding of what constitutes good ‘end of life care’. This will be coupled with opportunities to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles involved in providing best quality care to people that are dying, including providing support to their families and friends.

Good Practice in Bereavement Care

Obtain a thorough understanding of theory surrounding loss and bereavement. This will include a process by which you will be encouraged to examine your values and beliefs.

Mentoring

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to undertake the role of a mentor or coach in a practice setting.

Portfolio of Academic and Professional Learning

This will enable you to synthesise practice knowledge and evidence of continuing professional development with learning at master’s level. It will assist you in applying formal learning within the workplace to enable the development of skills in critical analysis, reflection and decision making.

Positive Approaches to Risk and Intervention

This module asks you to step back from your practice and evaluate critically the tools that you use for the management of risk. You will be asked to identify current policy and legislative framework theory and research and use this context to reflect critically on your own experience of working with risk. This is relevant to practitioners working in both adult and children’s services.

Practice-Based Project

Explore a practice issue, problem or challenge. You will develop skills in project management and evaluation. The aim is that you will utilise your expertise as an experienced practitioner to act as a change agent in your team, organisation or community.

Resilience in Practice with Children and Families

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enhance your own resilience and to support the development of resilience within children and families.

Specialist Knowledge in Practice

Gain academic credit through the demonstration of academic and practice outcomes following participation in professionally relevant short courses which may not attract formal academic credit.

Supporting Children and Young People Facing Death or Experiencing Loss or Bereavement

Learn to communicate effectively with children and young people and to provide age-appropriate support. The teaching also includes matters relating to working with the parents or carers of these children and young people.

Writing for Publication

Build your skills to produce an in-depth, analytical review of the research and literature in a specific area of professional practice. This will be in a format suitable for publication in a professional journal.

Experience

Discover facilities that help support your learning

Our MA Advanced Professional Practice course is located on the historic Bishop Otter campus in Chichester, which has a variety of facilities to allow you to get the best out of your time at university.

Teaching and Assessment

Follow progression requirements with the help of expert staff

Teaching

We have a team of industry specialists who work together to give you the best experience during your studies.

At Chichester, you’re not just a number.

You’ll get to know the team and we will get to know you and your ambitions.

Assessment

Throughout the programme, you will experience different types of assessment which can be either be formative or summative.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is an ongoing process of finding out how well you are learning what is being taught while you are still in the process of learning. You can agree to targets with your tutor for your next steps in learning.

In this programme, formative assessment is mainly informal and includes initial needs assessment, discussion of development needs and ongoing responses to the tasks you are set.

Some modules offer you to submit a draft or a plan of the summative assessment. This will often be discussed in your student group where you can receive feedback from peers as well as tutors.

 

Summative Assessment

Summative assessment, as its name suggests, is a summation of what you have learnt. The summative assessment usually takes the form of more formal test or assignment at the end of a module.

Module assessment is normally based on an assignment of 2,000 words per 10 credits (or equivalent) using specified assessment criteria, linked to defined grade criteria, that explicitly inform written feedback on the quality of student’s work.

A range of formative and summative strategies will be employed to structure learning and are outlined in detail in the individual module handbooks given to you one you begin your studies.

Qualification outcomes

You have the option to build towards an MA just one module at a time.

Similarly, you may leave the programme with the interim awards of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

These are standalone postgraduate awards in their own right but can also be stepping stones to an MA.

This is ideal if you wish to return to your studies after a break or are hesitant about committing to a full MA.

Careers

Develop your practice and career opportunities in a variety of professional roles

The course is aimed primarily at qualified and experienced professionals already in role within and managers in professions that ‘work with people’ such as: social work, health, social care, early years, further and higher education, and other public service organisations.

The programme enables you to reflect on your own practice within your current role and to effect real change in your own organisation.

Nick

MA Advanced Professional Practice graduate
"I studied the MA Applied Professional Practice programme with the intention of developing my professional understanding in an Adult Social Services setting. Although not a social worker myself, the course was highly relevant to my work and was flexible enough for me to tailor it and apply it to the daily professional environment I work in as a manager. Further, studying the modules on the programme directly led to my promotion to a senior role. The course is highly relevant, extremely interesting and very well delivered by a team of engaging, friendly and professional staff. I would recommend anyone interested in developing their career in a similar setting to consider this course"

Course Costs

Current UK, EU and international part time fees:

  • 10 credits: £340
  • 20 credits: £680
  • 30 credits: £1,020
  • 40 credits: £1,360
  • 60 credits: £2,040

(Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum)

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in social work, nursing, occupational therapy or other related discipline
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification
  • Relevant professional experience required

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