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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

Typically, two years part-time

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Entry Requirements and Fees

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


2021/22 UK, EU and international part time fee:

  • 10 credits: £300
  • 20 credits: £600
  • 30 credits: £900
  • 40 credits: £1,200
  • 60 credits: £1,800

(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 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

Student view

MA Advanced Professional Practice
I studied this course to develop my professional understanding in an Adult Social Services setting. 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. Studying the modules on the programme led directly to my promotion to a senior role. The course is 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!

"The best feature of the course is the lecturers: they are very supportive and knowledgeable. I find their approach inspiring and this has kept me going back.

A massive advantage of this MA is that you can choose which modules you are interested in. Furthermore, within some basic specifications, they are also willing to consider other courses/learning that you have already completed elsewhere and will help you to transform it into a coherent learning experience."

Course content

Course overview

The MA Advanced Professional Practice course offers experienced professionals 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. 

You have the option to build towards an MA just one module at a time or leave the programme with the interim, standalone awards of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. This is ideal if you wish to return to your studies after a break or are hesitant about committing to a full MA.

  • The Postgraduate Certificate - The programme for the Postgraduate Certificate lasts for approximately twelve months. Achievement of 60 academic credits at Masters level (FHEQ Level 7) will enable the award of Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Professional Practice. 
  • The Postgraduate Diploma - The programme for the Postgraduate Diploma lasts for a period of between twelve and twenty-four months. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is conditional on the achievement of 120 academic credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7). Normally the 120 credits will comprise the 60 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate stage, plus a further 60 credits.
  • Master’s Degree (MA) - Completion of the 60 credit dissertation will enable students to achieve the cumulative 180 credits required for the award of the MA. The dissertation is normally completed in one year.
  • Student Endeavour and Awarded Credits - As noted above each completed credit of study represents 10 hours of ‘student endeavour’, including contact time and individual study. Consequently, a 20 credit module will represent 200 hours of study, a 30 credit module will represent 300 hours.  This means that each completed stage i.e. 60 credits, of the MA programme, namely Certificate, Diploma and Masters Award, represents approximately 600 hours of study, including contact time and individual study. 

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed primarily at qualified and experienced practitioners and managers in those professions that ‘work with people’ in social work, health, social care, early years, further and higher education and other public service organisations. This programme provides a flexible and accessible framework for you as a practitioner or a manager to attain Masters level qualifications whilst engaged in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.

Why study this course?

  • flexibility and choice, to enable you to tailor your CPD to meet your specific interests and development needs
  • a focus on practice, to enable you to effect real change in your own practice, and that of your organisation
  • three possible exit awards

Course start date

This course starts in September but runs flexibly between September to August.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

The Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Careers Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC offers:

  • Books and journals
  • E-resources, including multimedia streaming
  • Mac and PC suites
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • PrintShop services
  • General meeting areas
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • Equipment Loans​
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Indicative modules

Our modules offer a bespoke pathway tailored to your specific areas of interest. They can be:

  • Delivered in the workplace or at the University
  • Delivered as intensive short courses with the option of completing 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


Core indicative modules include: 

Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making

This module focuses on the development of the critical thinking and analytical skills required by experienced professionals. There is a particular emphasis on the exploration of critical analysis and decision making in the context of uncertainty; incomplete or contradictory information; when working under the pressure of time; when working with risk; or in conflictual or emotive situations.

Developing Advanced Practice

You will 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 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 students to meet both 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.


Indicative optional modules include:

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 the best quality care to people that are dying, together with providing support to their families and friends.

Good Practice in Bereavement Care

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


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 synthesize 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 critically evaluate 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 particular practice issue, problem or challenge. You will develop skills in project management and evaluation. The aim is that you will utilise your expertise as experienced practitioners to act as change agents 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

This aims to prepare you to communicate effectively with children and young people of all ages and to provide age-appropriate support. The teaching will also include matters around working with the parents or carers of these children and young people.

Writing for Publication

The module will enable you 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.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


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. 


Through your MA APP programme, you will experience different types of assessment which can be either be formative or summative.

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. 

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. 

Formative Assessment

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

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 on the Moodle page.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 


Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.