A masters degree by learning agreement recognises the learning involved in completing work-based projects and awards learning that takes place at work. This allows you to be credited for what you are already learning and the contribution you are making to your organisation's success.
The key to the masters degree by learning agreement is its flexibility – a learning agreement can consist entirely of individual learning projects (called goals) based on current and future work activities, for which you submit evidence of achievement.
Each learning goal will have allocated points score associated with it. Successful completion of each learning goal will result in these points being awarded to you. A masters degree will be awarded when 180 points are accumulated.
This points method of evaluating the value of student work is standard across the academic sector, and so provides a clear indication that work-based learning meets the criteria of a national standard.
Experience has shown that a large proportion of learning undertaken by working professionals is at masters level. The majority of a Professional Engineering MSc programme can therefore be constructed from a set of goals linked to the work activities of engineers enrolling on the course, enabling each of them to have their own unique programme.
There is a requirement for everyone starting the course to commence with a common professional development audit goal, worth 15 points, and to end with either a reflective summary and written paper or engineering dissertation goal, both of which are worth 60 points.