MA/MSc

Partnership Masters Programme

Tailor your learning to suit your professional development needs

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Why take this course?

The Partnership Masters Programme allows working people to study for university degrees without leaving their jobs.

It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University. Much of your learning comes from projects that form part of your daily workload, which minimises the time spent attending University and ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time
  • Make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improve your career prospects
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

Students who successfully complete an engineering related award as part of the Partnership Masters Programme can use their studies to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through the professional engineering institutions; the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST); the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS); the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM); and the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).

Students who successfully complete either the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management or MSc Occupational Health Safety and Environmental Management named awards as part of the Partnership Masters Programme are eligible to apply for graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Students can also choose whilst undertaking either of these named awards, to work towards Chartered IOSH status.

Fiona Message, Partnership Programme

This Partnership Programme is for those in full-time work. If you are motivated by a course that offers academic credit through the completion of work-based projects, then this programme ensures a rewarding interaction between tutor and student, working together to achieve the highest standards.

Fiona Message, Partnership Programme lecturer

Key Facts

Duration
Flexible duration. Start: September or January.
2017 entry requirements
A degree or equivalent. Other qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation degrees, supported by several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts, may also be acceptable. Applicants are usually working at a professional level. Applicants to the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management and the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management should have appropriate experience and proven aptitude in health and safety, a certificated professional/vocational qualification or an undergraduate degree or equivalent. If you do not hold a level 6 qualification you may be required to present evidence of your ability to study at level 6. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
Fees

Please contact the Learning at Work department for the latest fee schedules.

This course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

Tel: +44 (0)23 9284 6261/6260
Email: learningatwork@port.ac.uk

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Contact
learningatwork@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 6260
Department
Learning at Work
Programme specification

Course:

Partnership Degree Programme

Find out from Ian MacGillivary about studying on the Partnership Degree Programme including:

  • how existing knowledge counted for a large part of his degree
  • how his work aligned with his field of study so he could gain a qualification without having to take a career break
  • how learning through work based projects reduces the amount of leisure time you have to spend studying
  • the benefits that it will have for his second career

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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.

You will choose your proposed award title according to the subject material you plan to include in your studies. You must, however, choose one of the award titles from this list:

MA

  • Business Management
  • Business and Computer Studies
  • Combined Studies*

MSc

  • Applied Computing
  • Applied Science
  • Combined Studies*
  • Engineering
  • Engineering and Management
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Maritime Studies
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management

*Combined Studies is the award for students whose work is not covered by any of the others.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Accredited Prior Learning (APL): 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. To claim credit for experiential learning you have to submit a portfolio of evidence matching your knowledge and skills to units in the University's Taught Units Database. The maximum APL credit you can receive is two thirds of the credit for the award. Prior Learning Portfolios should be submitted as soon as possible, to allow time for assessment before registration.
  • Learning Management: This is a credit-rated unit. It is the linking thread for your studies. In this unit, you will write a learning contract and amend it as necessary if circumstances change. You will work to the contract plan and deliver your evidence (reports, reviews or other items) on the dates you have specified.
  • 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.
  • Taught Units: 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. They are delivered as part of the University's normal teaching provision and are not run by the Partnership Programme.

Teaching and Assessment

You will set your own learning objectives, course content and timetable. It is compulsory that some of your learning is via work-based learning projects while taught units and other training programmes provide additional and supported learning.

How are you assessed?

We set the framework for your degree and assess your work, but you choose what to learn, how you will learn and what evidence you will deliver for assessment. We ensure that you achieve the standard appropriate to your award through a process of learning management.

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Support

Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside work life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You’ll have three channels of support. Firstly, a workplace mentor chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance and moral support as well as a personal University tutor in your area of study and finally, a learning management tutor.

Flexible Learning

Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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.

Other costs to consider

If you take taught units and are assessed by examination elsewhere, you will need to cover the costs of attending the exam at an agreed, approved location. This may include travel, invigilation, courier etc and will be in the region of £50 - £1,000.

If you take taught units owned and administered by other Academic Departments, please contact the Learning at Work department to determine whether there are any extra study costs associated with that unit.

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Career prospects

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.

Career planning

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.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

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.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Apply now

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:

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Fees and Funding

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