MA Professional StudiesDirect Applicants

    Course Overview

    Duration: One or two years.
  • Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course.

    This intellectually rigorous postgraduate programme encourages collaborative engagement between staff and students, developing the faculty’s applied research portfolio and deepening links with related professions.

    There are three key themes to the programme, each with their own supervised projects. The aim is to develop your critical understanding of your service area, exploring contextual issues which define the parameters of your field, and engaging in developmental-based project work.

    You’ll be given plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your own concerns, ensuring that you complete the course with the most valuable knowledge and skills possible.

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Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

1st Year
  • Stage 1: Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses*
  • Stage 2: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues*
  • Stage 3: Masters Project - Developmental Considerations*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Course Leader

MA Professional Studies is co-conducted by Dr Aaron Beacom and Dr Carl Evans, both leading professionals in development and leadership. Dr Beacom’s research interests centre around how sport has evolved as a prominent aspect of international relations, while Dr Evans has conducted extensive research into management development and graduate careers.


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    • While you will be working to a generic project structure and set of learning outcomes, each project will be based on a set of criteria specific to the chosen subject specialism. The focus and content will be negotiated with a supervisor who is research active in that specialism.
    • It is anticipated that project work will lead to publication in an appropriate journal or other academic outlet, following the completion of the assessment process.  

    • The University of St Mark & St John is proud to be a preferred training provider of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and registered to ELCAS (Centre Code 4437).