Taught course

Partnership Masters Programme

University of Portsmouth · Learning at Work

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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.

Module Details

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:


  • Business Management
  • Business and Computer Studies
  • Professional Studies*


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

*Professional 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.

Programme 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.

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.

Student Destinations

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.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Flexible duration

Course contact details

023 9284 6260