MSc Advanced Industrial Practice

(Non-Destructive Testing, Condition Monitoring and Structural Health Monitoring) 

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This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but applications for September 2021 are welcomed.

Course overview
 Course summary:
MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT) is aimed specifically at those in positions of responsibly working in NDT who want to develop their expertise within their current profession. The flexible, innovative framework provides learners not only with the opportunity to gain recognition for professional experience and practice, but also to negotiate learning within the workplace to achieve a postgraduate qualification (PGCert, PGDip and MSc). This unique approach enables learners to enhance their effectiveness in their current role whilst simultaneously working towards a qualification.

Duration of programme:
2-5 years.

Start dates:
January, May and October.

Mode of delivery:
Work-based blended learning.

Entry requirements:
Incorporated/Chartered Engineer (NDT).

Fees and bursaries:
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 Course details

Modules will be delivered in the following sequence: Recognising Industrial Practice – Negotiated Work Based Learning 1 & 2 – Negotiated Research Thesis.

Recognising Industrial Practice
An innovative application of APEL in work-based learning contexts, the Recognising Industrial Practice module, provides a useful, critical and reflective mechanism that can be used by individuals and organisations as part of a customised and flexible programme of study. Learners will be required to produce a critical reflective statement based on their industrial experience to date, addressing the competencies acquired to achieve British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) membership status. The University of Northampton and BINDT will support learners in a variety of ways, including workshops, and tutorials/specific guidance on a range of topics including research skills, critical thinking and reflective writing.

Negotiated Work Based Learning
Successful completion of the Recognising Industrial Practice module will provide learners with a more forward-looking perspective to allow them to both identify and negotiate new projects/work-related activities. The negotiated learning will be defined in the context of a Learning Contract, negotiated between the learner, the University and, where appropriate, the employer.

Industrial Practice Research Project
Learners will be provided with the necessary tools needed to enable them to conduct their Research Project to the highest possible standards, and to develop as successful, independent researchers.

Key features
  • Distance learning MSc degree
  • Two-and-a-half-year programme
  • Proven delivery model
  • Low-cost degree – circa £4000 for the complete programme
  • Takes into account historic experiential learning
  • First year managed by BINDT – circa six months
  • First year based on experiential learning linked to IEng registration
  • Second year based on one or two workplace projects of the employer/student’s choosing
  • Third year based on a research project of the employer/student’s choosing
  • IEng achieved during the programme; ‘CEng ready’ by the end of the programme.

Further information
For further information contact Nigel P Freestone BSc MPhil PhD FHEA, Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology, University of Northampton ( or John Moody at BINDT (