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Master's Programme

Learning Tree / Staffordshire University Master's Programme


Specific Learning Tree Professional Certifications can be used to gain entry onto a Master's degree. Open to graduates, or those with equivalent experience, the MSc in Professional Computing from Staffordshire University is earned in the workplace via part-time distance learning over 3 years and allows you to integrate your study and career. The master's course is an academic course underpinned by the Learning Tree units you study. Learning Tree units lead to professional certification qualifications whereas the MSc Professional Computing is an academic qualification. Both augment each other and help to differentiate you in the market.

How to Earn Your MSc

The timing of your study is flexible, enabling you to take your Learning Tree courses when convenient and start your master's course either in September or January. There is no attendance at the University.
The programme is administered by the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Staffordshire University, which operates under the Master's Credits scheme. The scheme allows you to earn credits for successful completion of appropriate projects in your chosen field. The master's course is not a taught masters as it based on negotiated and supervised projects.
These projects can be work-based (i.e., carried out in your normal workplace, as part of your job function). Plus, under the Master's Credits scheme you may transfer your Staffordshire credits to most UK universities.
You need 180 Master's Credits to gain your Master's degree—an MSc in Professional Computing—which you can earn in three easy-to-manage steps.

Phase 1 (1st year): Postgraduate Certificate (PGC stage) Distance Learning

  • 60 Master's Credits

    Complete one Learning Tree Professional Certification Programme (4 units)
    To earn a Postgraduate certification, you must complete 4 Learning Tree courses prior to starting on the master's course PGC stage. You then conduct a research module between Sept and December and then undertake a project after being allocated a university supervisor from January to August for which you submit a project report.
    Typically the project topic is drawn from the Learning Tree courses you will have completed.

Phase 2 (2nd year): Postgraduate Diploma (PGD stage)

  • 60 Master's Credits

    For this phase, you will complete a second eligible Learning Tree Professional Certification Programme covering four different courses from those taken in the Postgraduate Certificate. You will also complete the associated assignment through Staffordshire University.

Phase 3 (3rd year): MSc in Professional Computing (Master's stage)

  • 60 Master's Credits

    The final stage! Complete a Master's Project based on your assigned projects at work or a closely related project or an aspect that you wish to follow on from the PGD stage. As with the previous stages you will negotiate a project proposal with your university tutor who will supervise and assess your report and deliverables in conjunction with a second, independent assessor.

This Programme Enables You To...

  • Extend your professional skills and knowledge and apply them to leading-edge applications
  • Integrate your study and career to attain Master's Programme milestones at your own pace
  • Work on projects in your own work environment under the guidance of a leading expert in your field
  • Demonstrate your abilities as a leading authority of your chosen technology
  • Gain a universally recognised academic qualification that is directly related to your professional activities

Call 0800 282 353 for a discussion with one of our Training Advisors, or visit the University web page for details of their fees and course specification

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