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Part Time: 9-12 months | Start date: January

The CIPPET MSc top-up is designed for students who wish to engage with a practice-based programme to develop their research knowledge and skills. This programme supports those who have completed relevant post-graduate modules to PG Diploma level (i.e. 120 credits at level 7) to continue their studies to obtain a master's qualification.

The programme consists of two modules: a taught module in research skills (20 credits) delivered flexibly via our online learning platform and then following submission of your research proposal you will progress to develop this into a 40-credit research project based in your workplace. The project is usually co-supervised by a senior colleague from your workplace. For more information on the modules see the Structure section of our course page.

Students can produce a mini professional practice portfolio throughout their studies. Where relevant, this can be mapped to a Professional Competency Framework and used for submission for Professional Recognition Credentialing, for example, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Nursing or Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

For information on the entry requirements, see the Entry Requirements section of our course page.


Our programmes are based on developing your professional competence and confidence. Network with other healthcare professionals from a range of employers and sectors to identify future career options.

We can offer advice to help you meet your professional regulator revalidation requirements and/or leadership body credentialing processes and support you in building a personal learning plan to enhance your career prospects.

How to apply

If you are applying for the CIPPET MSc Top-up programme you will need to submit to have your existing academic credits transferred to the University of Reading (Recognition of Prior Learning; RPL). You should email the admissions tutor at to discuss your RPL application before applying. Experienced healthcare practitioners who are not able to apply for RPL may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) to recognise prior learning experiences.

If you want to discuss the modules before applying, please contact the admissions tutor via


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