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Professional Practice, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The Professional Practice course offered by the University of Essex is a pathway degree that can be studied on a modular basis at either our Colchester or Southend campus. You develop your knowledge and skills in various areas across the sector to help you build your expertise and progress in your career.


With input from practitioners across a variety of backgrounds, you gain insight into a wide range of areas including public and private health and social care settings and community/voluntary sectors. You can do this on a full-time basis over one year, or on a part-time basis over up to six years.

There are three routes offered; Professional Practice, Professional Practice for Leadership and Professional Practice for Education. All three routes engage students in the professional development required for higher level practice, leadership and/or education roles.

In the Professional Practice route you will complete advanced level analysis, professional or clinical reasoning around cases, therapeutic or other interventions and aspect or sequence of service delivery within your context.

The Leadership route will focus on encouraging professionalism with the confidence and ability to utilise critical and reflective abilities to deal with the complex issues both systematically and creatively, drawing sound judgements and conclusions.

In the Education route you will learn to act autonomously in planning and implementing educational developments at professional levels, based on a sound understanding of, and insight into current theories.

You explore the following core topics across every route:

  • Professional practice reasoning and decision making
  • Analysis of current debates and challenges
  • Reflection on every organisational practice

The Professional Practice course offered by the University of Essex will develop your ability to:

  • Critically analyse current evidence and practice in your professional area
  • Synthesise your clinical and professional reasoning and reflective skills
  • Engage in research and critical enquiry applied to practice
This course can support a transition into clinical or professional specialist positions, management and leadership positions, as well as any research focused role in practice.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Mindfulness, self-compassion and compassionate care
  • Applying and Using Learning in Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Clinical Decision-Making
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Pharmacological Management of Diabetes - Optimising Control

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in Octobe
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A relevant professional qualification – e.g. Nursing, AHP, Social Worker etc so registered with NMC or HCPC
  • A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience
  • A good first degree in a relevant subject OR relevant professional experience and qualifications that demonstrate ability to study at level 7
  • Currently employed in a relevant field of practice – e.g. in health or social care setting - NHS, local authority, education, community or third sector

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7940 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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