Taught course

Professional Development and Enquiry

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Manchester Met standard entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply. You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area). For Further Information: Tutor Contact Dr Ruth Hubbard r.hubbard@mmu.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

This award provides an opportunity for practitioners and managers in a diversity of social professional settings to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level, and in relation to complex and changing practice environments.

In a context of significant shifts in education, health and welfare services, professional enquiry is based on the idea that questions about direction and purpose ‘come with the territory’ of practice. Developing knowledge and understanding, using judgement in reflective, responsive and responsible ways, and an orientation to values of social justice, are all part of being an engaged and active(ist) professional at a time of great change and as we all, in different ways, think about how best we might proceed.

MA Professional Development and Enquiry challenges students to think deeply about their own professional contexts and settings, their place and role within this, and the possibilities for development, change, and generating practice knowledge and innovations. The award draws widely on (inter)disciplinary perspectives to think, and think forward, for practice.

We encourage applications from practitioners, professionals and leaders who might be working (or volunteering) in a diverse range of roles in education, health, social welfare/care, community, and other settings, and in the public, private, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors. We aim for an inter- and multi-professional student group on the award for the cross-fertilisation of knowledge, experience and expertise that can be brought to bear, and as it reflects complex challenges in practice and collaborative imperatives.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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