Learning at Work
Partnership Masters' Programme
Mode of study: Part time
The Partnership Masters' Programme leads to MA and MSc degrees; it is the choice for those who already have a first degree, or who have lower qualifications coupled with several years experience in responsible positions. If you've achieved a high level of skill through experience that isn't reflected in your qualifications, the Partnership Masters' Programme could be for you.
This programme can be used to attain Incorporated and Chartered Engineer status with five of the major professional engineering institutions.
The time you take to complete the programme depends on your point of entry (Accredited Prior Learning), and on the proportion of your time you can allocate to your studies. It may also depend on the progress of projects at work, and changes in home circumstances, that may be out of your control. The programme allows you to accommodate delays and changes throughout.
Applicants are usually working at a professional level and have a first degree or equivalent.
It is not always necessary to have a first (bachelors') degree to qualify for entry to a masters' course. Other qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation Degrees, supported by several years of relevant post-qualification experience, may be acceptable.
Access to a stable work situation is important for success on a Partnership Programme course. This programme may not be suitable for people whose work is voluntary, temporary or on short-term contracts. It is unlikely to suit those who are retired or unemployed. Applications from self-employed people are welcome.
Degree courses in the UK are assembled from units of study that are credit rated by quantity and level. At Portsmouth, Level 7 units are in multiples of 30 credits. The largest project unit allowed is 60 credits. For a masters' degree you must achieve 180 credits at Level 7. 30 credit points represents a nominal 200-300 hours of study.
Accredited Prior Learning may be awarded to a maximum of 120 credits.
Although the content of your study programme is unique, and chosen by you, you must be registered for an award which is relevant to the subject matter of the content. You can only register for one of the named awards listed below. 'Combined Studies' is the award for students whose work is not covered by any of the others.
Masters' Degrees are offered in the following areas:
- MA Business Management
- MA Business and Computer Studies
- MA Combined Studies*
- MSc Applied Computing
- MSc Applied Science
- MSc Combined Studies*
- MSc Engineering
- MSc Engineering and Management
- MSc Engineering Project Management
- MSc Maritime Studies
- MSc Occupational Health And Safety Management
* 'Combined Studies' is the award for students whose work is not covered by any of the others.