Partnership Masters Programme (MA, MSc)

the United Kingdom

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About Partnership Masters Programme at University of Portsmouth


Our Learning at Work degree courses allow you to get an undergraduate Bachelor's or postgraduate Master's university degree alongside your current job, without going to university full time.

You choose what you learn based on your professional and personal aspirations, which reduces the amount of time you need to spend studying to get your degree. You can also study distance learning or campus-based units to get the credits you need for your degree. 

The way you learn is flexible, so you can study wherever is most convenient for you and schedule your studies around your existing commitments. You can tailor your course to match your employer's objectives. 

You get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, so you perform better and further contribute to the success of your company while you study.

Because the course is work-based, you need to already be in a full-time, part-time or voluntary role.  

Benefits to you

  • Your existing knowledge can count towards your degree, which reduces the amount of time you need to study
  • You gain a UK university qualification without having to take a career break
  • You can study for a UK Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from anywhere in the world
  • You don’t need to attend university, saving on accommodation and travel costs
  • You learn what you need, as you need it in your job
  • You can tailor the pace of learning to suit demands on your time
  • Your learning leads to professional and career enhancement, because what you learn is related to your job
  • You learn from subject specialists

Benefits to your employer

  • You develop commercial and strategic awareness, which you can apply in your job
  • You do commercially valuable work projects as part of your learning programme
  • Your organisation gains knowledge of best practice and the latest technologies from your work-based projects
  • You get new knowledge and advice from University tutors, which you can pass on to others in your organisation
  • You’re more motivated as you learn new skills

Teaching and support

How you're taught will depend on which units you take and the work-based learning projects you do.

Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment called Moodle. This includes online tutorials, lectures, webinars and virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, allowing you to interact with subject specialist teachers, other staff and fellow students.

You’ll also have access to the Library’s electronic resources with library staff to help you make the most of all the materials. You can chat with them in person or online.

Our Academic Skills Unit (ASK) provides additional support you in areas such as academic writing, referencing, note taking and time management.

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Entry requirements

Learning at Work degree courses don't have standard entry requirements because we assess all applications individually. However, because the course is work based, you do need to be employed or self-employed in a full-time, part-time or voluntary role throughout your studies.

Undergraduate courses

Although it's possible to do an undergraduate degree with A levels (or equivalent qualifications), most undergraduate applicants on Learning at Work courses have some higher education experience (such as an HNC, HND or credits from a degree course or another qualification) and several years of work experience they can use as credit towards their degree. Experience in a position of responsibility is particularly valuable.

Postgraduate courses

You usually need a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) to do a postgraduate degree course. However, we may accept qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation degrees if you have several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts.

Typical applicants for postgraduate courses are usually working at a professional level.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can use previous qualifications and experience as credit towards your degree, meaning you can complete your degree in a shorter time. Find out how you can use Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards your degree.

We recognise qualifications from many awarding bodies including: 

  • Pearson (formerly Edexcel)
  • Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Association of Business Executives (ABE)
  • OTHM Qualifications (OTHM)

If you have a qualification from an awarding body above or from elsewhere, we will review you qualification and determine whether you will receive RPL. You may be allocated credits at level 4, 5, or 7, which will reduce the time and cost of completing your degree with us. 

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