What is a ‘Masters with Advanced Practice’?

One of the degree types we offer at Northumbria is the ‘Masters with Advanced Practice’. You might not have heard of this kind of course before, so here we explain what it means, who it might suit and why we think it is such a good way to learn.

Why is it different?

We teach 6 traditionally-timetabled business postgraduate degrees at Northumbria University London Campus:

  • MSc Business with Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Business with Financial Management
  • MSc Business with Human Resource Management
  • MSc Business with International Management
  • MSc Business with Marketing Management
  • MSc Digital Marketing

Students interested in studying these degrees in London can choose between the normal course structure of two semesters of teaching followed by a dissertation, or they can do an Advanced Practice programme.

The Advanced Practice element of the programme allows you to extend your studies to include either an internship, or an applied group consultancy project, working with a real organisation on a live business problem, developing valuable work experience and business insight.

Helping students find a career

One of the great advantages of studying a Masters with Advanced Practice is that these programmes give you real experience of business environments and a chance to use the skills you have learned, in a practical environment, contributing to and learning from working businesses.

Whether it is attending meetings, gathering market research or analysing recent figures – contributing to a real organisation and communicating with staff will give you experience beyond the classroom.

The Advanced Practice stage of the programme commences in your penultimate semester. If you start your programme in September, this will be after a summer break. If you start your programme in January or May, this will be straight after your second semester.

This timing means that if you undertake an internship at this stage, you will be able to use the insights and knowledge you gain during your internship to develop your dissertation.

Similarly, in the final semester, students undertaking a consultancy project will produce a management investigation report on a business-related issue relating to their project at the Advanced Practice stage.

Another advantage of having the Advanced Practice element of your programme after you’ve completed two semesters of your programme is that it ensures you are well-equipped for the business scenarios you may encounter, during either your internship or consultancy project.

Is it the right fit for you?

If you have already studied an undergraduate degree, but do not yet have much real-world business experience and want to give your career an edge, then choosing one of the Advanced Practice programmes could be right for you.

The programmes offer you an opportunity to stand out in interviews, showing employers that you are comfortable in a professional environment. You will also be able to use the internship or consultancy project to strengthen your CV from the moment you start, and build your own professional network.

You can also see more information about the Advanced Practice programme structure on our infographic here.

Alternatively, you can read more about each of the individual programmes below:

Browse our Masters degree courses today.

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