MA/MSc Applied Professional and Innovative Practice

Are you an independent professional who is motivated to make a meaningful difference in your organisation? The MA/MSc Applied Professional and Innovative Practice is for you.

Designed for professionals who work full-time, part-time or in voluntary positions, this master's programme allows you to demonstrate leadership skills, advance your practices and develop new initiatives that contribute positive change at your place of employment.

GCU can partner with you and your employer to customise a course of study that reflects your interests and needs.

  • Pursue structured leadership and management study
  • Tailor a programme around the issues that matter to you, with courses focused on your sector and related to your function
  • Complete a final work-based project equivalent to a 60-credit dissertation, supervised by both your organisation and GCU

Ultimately, you will either learn a new set of skills to deliver a new service, becoming 'Fit for a New Role', or find a way to make sure your workforce and practices are effective and efficient, becoming 'Fit for Practice'.

Throughout your studies, you'll be encouraged to innovate with the goal of serving the common good in an academic environment with a shared belief in global engagement and social responsibility.

Graduate prospects

The MA/MSc Applied Professional and Innovative Practice prepares you to take your career to the next level or embark on a new professional adventure – with the benefit of GCU's global reputation for excellence in academics. You may also choose to advance and broaden your skills by incorporating master's level modules from the wider university, opening doors to new career opportunities in the UK and abroad.

The content, context and final award title can be altered to focus on the specificity of the sector in which you work and serve to make the award specifically related to your area of business. We do this by having the input of work place experts in the delivery of the programme and by using a peer assisted approach to dealing with real world issues. In doing so, we seek ways to address effectiveness and efficiency in the work place.

The programme comprises a combination of modules. For those seeking the award of the MSc, the penultimate credits are gained by successfully completing 60 credits, Research Methods and Work Based Project module.

Module options include:

  • Advanced Leadership (30 credits)*
  • Applied Strategic Leadership (15 credits)
  • Contextual Leadership (30 credits)*
  • Leadership in Practice (30 credits)*
  • Leading Change (15 credits)
  • Managing in the Public Service Context (30 credits)*
  • Managing in the Workplace (30 credits)
  • Project led modules entitled Applied Innovative Practices and Advanced Skills Development available

The sequence of the modules will be dependent on a number of factors including student numbers.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) comprises 60 credits, a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) comprises 120 credits and a Masters (MSc) comprises 180 credits.


A number of the modules* indicated above meet the SSSC leadership and management standards.

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date



Part time
1 - 3 Years
Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
Part time
1 - 3 Years
May 2020
GCU Glasgow
Part time
1 - 3 Years
Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MA/MSc Part time 1 - 3 Years Jan 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MA/MSc Part time 1 - 3 Years May 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MA/MSc Part time 1 - 3 Years Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree or equivalent

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Visa Information

Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student visa are not eligible for this part-time course. Please see our full-time listing.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Part-time and distance learning tuition fees

Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis.

View part-time and distance learning fees for 2019/20.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

Part time: one to three years (flexible startdates in September, January or May).

There are no exams in this degreeprogramme. All the assessments arework based assignments that seek tounderstand the theory that underpins thepractices or seeks to enhance practicebased on an understanding of theory.