First cohort for the MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT)

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the first cohort for the MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT); it is gaining momentum and numerous applicants have already signed up…

The proposed programmes of study are aimed specifically at those in positions of responsibility working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based disciplines, such as non-destructive testing (NDT), condition monitoring (CM) or structural health monitoring (SHM), 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, MSc or MRes). This innovative approach enables learners to enhance their effectiveness in their current role while simultaneously working towards a qualification (professional practice).

The MSc degree will be of particular interest to NDT Level 3 personnel and IEng-registered engineers.

The purpose of this article is to encourage employers and individuals working in the NDT, CM and SHM industrial sectors to promote and enhance career development. Involvement in the MSc will benefit the company’s work-based programme, as well as possibly solving a research and development issue.

The three modules included in the MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT) are: ‘Recognising Industrial Practice’, ‘Negotiated Work-Based Learning’ and ‘Industrial Practice Research Project’.

Recognising Industrial Practice

An innovative application of accreditation of prior experiential learning (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 BINDT membership status. The university 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 to enable them to conduct their research project to the highest possible standards and to develop as successful, independent researchers.
BINDT will manage the first year, incorporating the Engineering Council Registration process at IEng level.

When can I sign up and start the MSc?
The first intake will be in September 2019. Apply at any time by contacting the University of Northampton using the details below or online ( For any further queries, please contact either me or Nigel Freestone at the email addresses below.

Don’t delay, sign up today.

Roger Lyon CEng HonFInstNDT, BINDT, Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX.
Tel: +44 (0)7780 498060; Email:
Nigel P Freestone BSc MPhil PhD FHEA, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, The University of Northampton.
Tel: +44 (0)1604 893358; Email:

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