If your organisation has signed up to INLOGOV MSc Apprenticeships, and has given you the option to apply, you might be wondering if the course is right for you. This post gives you a brief summary of what to expect to help you decide.
By the way – if your organisation is not signed up then read this post about why it is worth talking to INLOGOV about our MSc Apprenticeships.
This is a course than can help you in your work and in your career.
In work it will help you develop as a public service leader and give you new ways to think about the challenges you face. You will get to meet INLOGOV staff who are involved in cutting edge research and build new connections with others on the course.
Your career will also benefit. Once you complete the course you will gain a Masters Degree from a Russell Group University, a Level Seven apprenticeship and you could also gain Chartered Management Institute membership.
And, because the scheme is part of the apprenticeship levy, you do not have to pay fees.
Your employer also benefits. The INLOGOV MSc Executive Apprenticeship is a great way to improve the workforce and to ensure that pressing organisational challenges can be met.
Time and Commitment
The course takes two and a half years during which time you need to spend 20% of your contracted work time on the apprenticeship. This covers both the MSc and the work based apprenticeship.
The way you spend this time is flexible and can be agreed between you, your employer and INLOGOV. However, this time must only be used to work towards the MSc Apprenticeship.
Studying for the Masters
Some of your time will be spent on the Masters Degree. This includes six modules and a dissertation. You can expect to spent around 8 days on the Birmingham University Campus and the rest of the time studying online at a times to suit you.
There are no exams for the Masters Degree. You will be assessed on written assignments and on the dissertation.
The modules you will study are:
- Public Management and Governance
- Leadership in Public Services
- Commercialisation of Public Services
- Public Policy and Evidence
- Performance, Strategy and Challenge
- Digital Era Public Policy
Each module will be assessed in the same way:
- Assignment 1, 1,000 word essay (30%)
- Assignment 2, 3,000 word essay (70%)
You will also complete a 12,000 word dissertation. The topic of this project will be chosen with input from your employer.
Completing the Apprenticeship
The second element of the course is the work place apprenticeship.
During the two and half years of the course you will upload a portfolio evidence to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard.
In the final six months you will also complete a workplace project to look at a current organisational challenge that you have agreed with your employer.
The assessment for the work place element will consist of a professional discussion, looking at the portfolio of evidence, and a project showcase for your work place project, held with an independent assessor.
Throughout your Masters course you will receive the same academic support as any other student studying with INLOGOV including access to the resources of the University of Birmingham.
INLOGOV will also provide a practice tutor to support you through the in-work elements of the apprenticeship.
At the beginning of the course you will meet with your practice tutor and someone representing your employer to agree responsibilities.
Once you get the go ahead from your employer you can start the application process.
To be eligible for the course you should have either a good first degree or be able to demonstrate sufficient work experience.
The application is done online and there is no formal interview required.