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Learning at Work degree courses by University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth's Learning at Work program offers a diverse selection of work-based and distance learning courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many of our courses are applicable towards professional recognition, such as IEng and CEng with professional bodies such as IET and IMechE.

About Portsmouth

The university is committed to providing a transformative educational experience, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to succeed in their chosen fields. With a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, Portsmouth encourages students to think creatively and develop a global perspective.

One of the main advantages of this program is the flexibility it provides, allowing you to customize your learning experience to align with your specific professional and personal requirements.

The primary objective of this program is to enhance your workplace skills and competencies by adhering to professional standards of excellence.

Programme details and Course structure


September or January

Application deadline:

ONE month before the courses start.


1.5 to 2 years

Learning mode:

Distance learning

Number of credits need to complete: 
BA & BSc: 120 credits with APEC Diploma & Advanced Diploma qualifications
MA & MSc: 120 credits with APEC Postgraduate Diploma qualification

These credits can come from 3 sources:
1. Mandatory Learning Management Module
2. Work-based learning projects
3. Optional modules - distance learning modules


Supports and Benefits

Study support:
Given the nature of distance learning, motivation and enthusiasm are crucial for successful engagement. Learners primarily access our Moodle site, where they can watch instructional videos, study learning materials, and complete assignments. Our dedicated tutors are available for support via email at any time.

Benefits to you:

  • Gain a University qualification without taking a career break

  • Opportunity to achieve professional recognition

  • Study via work-based projects and distance learning modules

  • Your existing knowledge counts towards your degree

  • Learn from subject specialists

Programme offered

BA & BSc courses

  • BA Business

  • BA Business and Computing

  • BA Professional Studies

  • BSc Professional Studies

Fee for 120 credits at Level 6 is £6170


MA & MSc courses

  • MA Business Management

  • MA Business and Computer Studies

  • MA Professional Studies

  • MSc Professional Studies

Fee for 120 credits at Level 7 is £7600

Fees are reviewed each academic year, please contact the Learning at Work department for the latest fee information

Entry Requirements

There are no standard requirements, every application is assessed on its own merit.


Typical Applicants for BA or BSc (Hons) course

  1. Would have a Level 4 and Level 5 or equivalent qualification and three or four years’ work experience;

  2. Will need a sufficient level of English for your chosen course.


Typical Applicants for MA or MSc course

  1. Usually working at a professional level

  2. Normally have a first degree or equivalent, but other qualifications at level 5 HND, supported by several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts, may be acceptable.

  3. Will need a sufficient level of English for your chosen course.

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