Taught course

Professional Practice

Lancaster University · Centre for Training and Development

Entry requirements

A first degree or equivalent professional qualification.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

Applicants will usually have at least three years of experience in a role which allows for the scope to undertake postgraduate work-based projects. All applicants require employer or stakeholder support.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Professional Practice Postgraduate MA programme provides a flexible, bespoke work-based route to a postgraduate qualification. You can progress to this programme from several of our postgraduate certificates including:

  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leadership and Management (Healthcare)
  • Organisation Development

The main focus is a work-based project supported by your own personal learning and development. You will benefit from a highly relevant, customised course which also delivers outcomes for your organisation.

At this stage of your programme, there is increased emphasis on bespoke learning related to the delivery of your work-based projects. You will study the core modules shown below and choose from a range of optional modules in line with your specific needs including a 60-credit work-based project. You will need modules to the value of 180 credits.

Assessment Methods

The assessment methods vary and may include coursework, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentations.

Students may also make a claim (Accreditation of Prior Learning) to gain credits for exemption from some modules.

Start Dates

We are recruiting now for start dates throughout the year. For more information or to apply please make an enquiry to the CETAD team.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593318