MSc Combined Studies (Learning at Work) - University of Portsmouth
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MSc

Combined Studies

A Learning at Work Master's degree programme

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Undertaking the MSc Combined Studies through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme provides you with a flexible learning experience and enables you to match your study to both your professional and personal development requirements.

You may be in a career which covers a breadth of subjects or you simply may wish to evidence the application of a myriad of transferable skills for future career aspirations.

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 programme.

What will I experience?

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.

What opportunities might it lead to?

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 judgements 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.

 

Andy Dennison, Learning at Work postgraduate student

This course will open up more opportunities for me.

Andy Dennison, Learning at Work postgraduate student


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Structure & Teaching

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:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department. This award provides more scope for recognition of prior learning as there are no subject restrictions on what can be claimed under the award title.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous projects include Critical Analysis of the Provision of eLearning, Design of a Local Exhaust Ventilation System.
  • Taught Units: Campus-based or distance learning units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. Examples of taught units include Quantitative and Research Methods, Ergonomics, and Fluid Dynamics.


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Facilities & Features

Support

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.

Flexible Learning

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.

University Library

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.

Budgeting for your studies

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.


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Careers & Opportunities


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How to apply

To apply for this course you must request an application form from The Learning at Work office either by emailing learningatwork@port.ac.uk or phoning on 023 9284 6260.

To find out more about the application process please visit one of the following links, depending on you your course of interest:

International Students

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Fees and Funding

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