Masters in Applied Sciences & Professions

Applied professions, or vocational professions, refer to disciplines that focus on offering a particular set of skills for a specific type of occupation. These types of studies usually provide necessary practical knowledge and training for graduates to succeed in the chosen subject. As opposed to broader scientific studies, applied professions focus more on practical training rather than on theory and conceptual knowledge.

Applied sciences converts knowledge belonging to natural sciences and applies it into real world practice. Examples include engineering disciplines, based on knowledge from physics and mathematics, or medical disciplines based on the science of biology. Programmes in applied sciences usually offer highly specialised technical degrees. Disciplines included in the applied professions field include: design, fashion, emergency management, consumer science, food science, library science, museum science, and more.

Although initially part of the non-academic spectrum, applied professions are starting to be recognised in higher education settings, providing credit for prior learning as well as stand-alone degree programmes at undergraduate or post-graduate levels. Institutions such as polytechnics, universities, or community colleges typically provide applied professions education. Students of applied professions programmes will gain skills they can apply to solve problems and provide solutions to a variety of situations in their chosen occupation.

Careers in applied professions include highly specialised positions in highly diversified industries such as retail, tourism, information technology, funeral services, luxury products, as well as in the traditional crafts.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Fashion Enterprise Master Fashion Enterprise
  • Any time
  • EEA € 30,000
  • International € 30,000
  • 9 months

A talent development program blending design and business, school and work, to create the figure of the Designer Entrepreneur. This is a maker who wants to start, market and communicate their own company from a main idea of product, whether it be a complete fashion collection, a capsule, or a line of fetish accessories.

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Library and Information Studies M.A. Library and Information Studies
  • Any time
  • International £ 19,064 per year
  • National £ 19,064 per year
  • 12 months

The MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar has become the first degree programme of its kind in the region to be formally accredited by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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Museum and Gallery Practice M.A. Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Any time
  • National £ 19,064 per year
  • International £ 19,064 per year
  • 12 months

This Museum and Gallery Practice MA at UCL Qatar equips students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to assume a career as a leading museum professional within Qatar, the wider Gulf region or further afield.

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Food and Agribusiness Management M.Sc. Food and Agribusiness Management
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 14,500 per year
  • International € 14,500 per year
  • 12 months

Audencia Nantes School of Management has partnered with the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM), the leading university in Brazil for business strategy, marketing, and integrated communications programmes, to offer the innovative Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management.

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Luxury Business Master Luxury Business
  • Apr 2017
  • EEA € 25,000
  • International € 25,000
  • 9 months

Luxury Business - The philosophy of this advanced program is based on the creation of small class sizes ensuring a high level of instruction and interaction throughout. Limited numbers are also necessary due to the advanced level research and project based nature of instruction. This degree is offered by Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing

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Heritage Management M.A. Heritage Management
  • Any time
  • EEA € 7,500
  • International € 7,500
  • 18 months

The MA in Heritage Management at the Athens University of Economics and Business is an intensive three semester (one and a half academic year) postgraduate programme which uniquely combines the worlds of archaeology and business and is taught in Athens at Eleusina, an area of world-class archaeological significance.

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Forensic Psychology M.Sc. Forensic Psychology
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA £ 7,030 per year
  • International £ 13,340 per year
  • 12 months

The MSc in Forensic Psychology at University of Kent is accredited by The British Psychological Society as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for those who wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists.

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Food Safety M.Sc. Food Safety
  • Any time
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • International € 16,600 per year
  • 24 months

Wageningen University is one of the leading centres in Food Science and Technology in Europe and the world. The Food Safety programme of Wageningen UR was the first MSc in Food Safety worldwide.

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Forensic Science M.Sc. Forensic Science
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 6,300 per year
  • International £ 13,450 per year
  • 12 months

The MSc Forensic Science at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is designed for both graduate students and forensic practitioners. It will develop theoretical knowledge and practical application of the key aspects of forensic science. On this course you will initially cover the fundamentals of forensic biology and forensic chemistry that underpin much of the laboratory analysis associated with forensic investigations.

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Footwear M.A. Footwear
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 8,250 per year
  • International £ 17,230 per year
  • 15 months

Innovate and challenge footwear design through new technology and craftsmanship and in the process, master fashioned footwear. In consultation with Cordwainers Advisory Board made up of key figures from the industry, MA Footwear at University of the Arts London offers the opportunity to design as well as craft.

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