Undertaking the MA Combined Studies through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme provides a degree of flexibility in your learning and enables you to match your study to both your professional and personal development aspirations. You can either choose to focus on one subject area or master multidisciplinary topics across a range of fields.
We offer an MA or MSc Combined Studies. If the majority of your learning is science-based then the MSc is for you. If your learning is predominantly in art-based subjects then we recommend the MA.
A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects.
Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.
This course will enable you to evidence the key transferable skills required by employers which are not so focussed on subject specific qualifications. It is particularly relevant for those who work in multi-faceted roles.
Undertaking any study at this level can demonstrate the ability to reflect on your own actions and decisions within the workplace and to learn from your strengths and weaknesses. It will help you to become an independent learner, able to make sound professional judgments when faced with complex workplace issues.
This course is suitable for anyone who requires an academic qualification to prepare for future promotions, or those seeking to change roles or help with the transition from military to civilian careers.
There is a good potential that your award can be used to gain professional recognition.
It seemed like a convenient way to study which fitted around working full time and two young children
Rachel Peters, Learning at Work Postgraduate student
The time you take to complete your studies is up to you and is not tied to the academic calendar. It depends on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.
Students make up the academic credit required for achievement of their award through a combination of different learning all of which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning programme is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.
The learning can include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside your work and home life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You will have three channels of support. Firstly, a Workplace Partner chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance, and moral support as well as an Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study and finally, a Learning Manager.
It is essential that you have access to the web as this will be the main source of your learning material. You will be supported through our online virtual learning environment called Moodle. The Moodle environment will be a rich source of information - both formal and informal. You are directed towards independent study through selected activities including virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, providing you with the opportunity to interact with staff and fellow students, podcasts and webinars.
Online tutorials and lectures will assist students with a variety of study skills and research methods. The Academic Skills Department are also on hand to support students with the requirements of academic writing. Although you are not required to study on campus throughout the course, you are invited to attend an induction session at the start of the programme and, of course, your graduation ceremony at the end. For those unable to attend induction in person, we provide an online induction course to get you off to the best start in your studies.
Tap into our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources including e-books and journals, which are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help. We have created a series of videos aimed to help you use the University Library resources and to search more effectively for the information you require for your research and assessments.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Our Partnership Programme aims to develop your abilities in the workplace using professional standards of competency. Your employer should experience a direct benefit and see an improvement in your performance due to the work-based nature of your study.
Your projects will be commercially valuable to your organisation and will exhibit your enhanced strategic awareness and knowledge of best practice. In turn, your increased motivation and improved performance will undoubtedly lead to further professional opportunities and career progression.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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To apply for this course you must request an application form from The Learning at Work office either by emailing email@example.com or phoning on 023 9284 6260.
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