Professional Development Framework for Taught Masters Courses

MSc students reviewing a project poster, as part of the skills developing master classes.

All our taught Masters courses follow the principles of a carefully designed Professional Development Framework, created in consultation with our Departmental External Advisory Board, and key contributors from industry, research and academia.

The primary objective of the framework is to help you develop generic skills and professional behaviours, preparing you for study. We will also provide you with opportunities to develop your personal and team-based effectiveness, and progressively focus on preparing you for work once you graduate. We achieve this through a carefully planned programme of activities, starting with an intensive induction programme and continued throughout the academic year by masterclasses, workshops, intensive sessions and individual and group activities.

What will you learn?

Through following the framework, you will become:

  • a more personally effective individual
  • a more effective and confident communicator 
  • more impactful in team leading and teamwork in general
  • professional in researching and reporting information
  • a more effective user of IT
  • better at searching for information and managing data.

Why is it important?

The student perspective

“The active learning process adopted in this course...has to a great extent significantly impacted on my ‘Interpersonal Skills’ which are considered as a prerequisite in organisations nowadays.” Ravak Hussein (former MSc student)

IET industry standards

The 2016 IET Skills and Demands in Industry Survey shows:

“Across all candidates the main perceived skills gaps are considered by employers to be practical experience, leadership and management skills, and business acumen.”

Our Professional Development Framework is designed to give you these capabilities.

Preparing you for industry

Communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, the ability to build teams and interpersonal relationships, and business awareness are among the most frequently asked for generic skills by employers.

“... the drivers for graduate recruitment and the jobs and career paths in mind, employers were looking for graduates with strong generic abilities…” Department for Innovation and Skills, “Understanding Employers’ Graduate Recruitment and Selection Practices: Main report” report 2015

How to access the Professional Development Framework

If you have an offer for a taught MSc in the Department of Electronic Engineering for September 2020 entry, you will be given access to log in to our welcome site for offer holders to find out more (from March 2020 onwards).