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Learn while you earn and gain a university qualification

The Department of Learning at Work manages the Partnership Degree and Masters Programmes here atLearning at Work the University.

Since 1991, we have helped hundreds of busy, professional people to gain recognised academic qualifications and professional recognition by helping them to learn new skills and advance their careers whilst remaining in work.

Members of staff, who are former alumni of our programmes include:

  • Stephen Bellinger, Senior Support Specialist, IS
  • Ally Gordon, CAM Programme Area Manager
  • Tom Langston, Online Course Developer, DCQE
  • Fiona Message, Senior Lecturer, LATW
  • Emily Parry, Employability and Enterprise Manager, Faculty of Technology
  • Donna Stagg, Assistant Registrar, Academic Registry

‘My continued professional development required a tailored approach and as a busy manager, flexibility was essential to meet the on going demands of my full-time job.  A standard masters programme could not provide this.’  Aaron Sayers, Department Manager, DCQE

Our Programme is unique because the course content is determined by you, the student. It permits you to set your own objectives, course content and timetable.  It consists of work-based learning projects and the learning management unit with options to include university taught units.

The key benefit to you is that you can tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations. Your department and the University will also benefit as you develop the skills required by the business, improving your performance and productivity and enhancing motivation all with minimal disruption.

There are no standard entry qualifications as every application is assessed on its own merit. The time you take to complete the programme depends on your point of entry (Recognition of Prior Learning), and on the proportion of the time you can allocate to your studies. It may also depend on the progress of projects at work, and changes in home circumstances, that may be out of your control. The programme is flexible and allows you to accommodate delays and changes throughout.

The programme offers a range of subject-specific award titles and you can design your own learning as long as it forms a coherent programme. We offer Bachelor and Master’s degrees in the following subject areas:  Business Management, Engineering, Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Applied Computing, Applied Science, Maritime Studies, Combined Studies.

Courses commence in September and January.  For further information, please visit our webpage, call us on extension 6260 or email:

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