Professional Practice (Early Action)  MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Professional Practice (Early Action) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences


Post- graduate




Preston and Online

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Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    One year full-time and two years part-time

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    Campus or eLearning, Full-time and Part-time

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    Preston and Online

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Why study this programme?

Public Services are a constantly changing, dynamic environment and for those working within the Public Services the demands are high. This course has been developed collaboratively by practitioners and academics to enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work effectively within multi-Agency teams whether from a statutory organisation, the voluntary sector or a charity. Aimed at personal and professional development for current professionals in the field of multi-agency partnership working and as a natural progression for graduates in policing, law, criminology, sociology or health.

The course team have between them considerable academic and practical experience of multi-agency working and are actively involved in development and research in this area working closely with a variety of agencies in the statutory, voluntary and charitable sectors.

This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.




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Entry Requirements

An honours degree at level 2.2 or above, or equivalent qualifications and experience. Applications are welcome from individuals with non-standard qualifications with work based experience  

Programme at a Glance

Stage 1

  • Research Methods
  • History & Development of Early Action
  • Continuous improvement and learning organisations

Stage 2

  • Organisational Development & Partnerships
  • Research in practice
  • Decision making in the Context of Threat Risk & Harm

Year 3

  • MSc Dissertation

Further Information

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Learning Objectives
  • To equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to understand Multi- Agency partnership working drawing on appropriate theory to synthesise and test potential solutions.
  • To develop personal and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques relevant to Multi Agency Partnership Working.
  • Design, plan and implement solutions to problems in Multi Agency Partnerships and be capable of analysing the potential effectiveness of such solutions.
  • To provide an opportunity for the students to plan and evaluate a Multi-Agency Partnership related project.
  • To develop the students’ critical thinking skills, communication and self-management skills to a level appropriate to post-graduate students

Learning Outcomes Subject Specific Skills

  • Implement detailed sustainable solutions to challenging problems.
  • Effectively communicate solutions to problems within Multi-Agency Partnership Working with both experts and non-experts.
  • Research information from all relevant sources.
  • Evaluate different potential solutions to complex problems.
  • Identify gaps in current knowledge.



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How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

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For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (Taught) (UK/EU), £765 per 20 credits (DL)(All Domiciles)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

The course has been developed collaboratively with the agencies involved in early Action Partnerships.  

Learning Environment and Assessment

Facilities include an outstanding, modern HYDRA immersive learning centre, modern teaching rooms an extensive library and student learning zone. Module assessments are undertaken by means of coursework, workshops, projects, examination and dissertation.

The course is taught using a combination of lectures, practical's and self-directed study to understand the complexity of relationships, pressures and incentives within a multi-agency partnership. The course is delivered and taught by experienced academics, former and current practitioners.