Taught course

Professional Practice (Early Action)

University of Central Lancashire · School of Law and Policing

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.

A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Public services are a constantly changing, dynamic environment – and for those working within the public services, the demands are high. Developed collaboratively by practitioners and academics, the MSc Professional Practice (Early Action) course has been developed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to work effectively within multi-agency teams – whether from a statutory organisation, the voluntary sector or a charity.

This course offers the ideal professional development opportunity for current professionals in the field of multi-agency partnership working. It’s particularly useful for graduates in criminology, health, law, policing or sociology.

You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills required to understand multi-agency partnership working and learn how to design, plan and implement sustainable solutions to everyday problems. You’ll draw on relevant theory to test potential solutions, developing your critical thinking, communication and self-management skills along the way.

Why study with us

  • You’ll be learning from the experts – our course team have considerable academic and practical experience of multi-agency working and are actively involved in development and research in this area.
  • You can fit this professional development opportunity around your other work commitments – this course is available on a full-time, part-time or distance learning basis.

What you'll do

Access to excellent facilities within the School, including our state-of-the-art Hydra Suite, which can be used to simulate disaster response scenarios - everything from a missing child to a plane crash. We also offer modern teaching rooms and extensive library facilities.

Learning and assessment

This course is taught using a combination of lectures, practical sessions and self-directed study. You’ll be taught by experienced academics, including current and former practitioners.

You’ll be assessed using a combination of coursework and exams.

As the course progresses you’ll gain a greater understanding of the complexity of relationships, pressures and incentives within a multi-agency partnership.

Towards the end of the course you’ll complete a dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt on the course to a specialist research topic.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
01772 892400