University of Technology Sydney

C04404v1 Master of Professional Practice

Award(s): Master of Professional Practice (MProfPrac)
CRICOS code: 0101148
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


Become an agile leader in complexity

Technology, Industry 4.0, climate action, globalisation and more: we live and work in a time of unprecedented change that affects the ways we live and work. This course gives students a multidisciplinary advantage to lead in organisations and the wider community, where a diverse range of skills is increasingly in demand.

Flexible, individualised learning

The Master of Professional Practice combines practice-based subjects, called Studios, with elective subjects from across the university, to adapt the degree to the needs of the student.

We understand that’s a lot of freedom. That’s why a learning concierge helps guide students with choosing electives and career coaching for the unique professional background and career trajectory of every student.

Practice-based learning

In Studios, students work with academics and professional peers in collaborative, intensive workshops on complex problems honing problem solving skills and critical thinking on sustainable development solutions.

The studios will teach design and systems thinking frameworks for students to research, apply and synthesise their technical knowledge and skills. The studios provide mentorship and a collaborative practice-based learning environment to develop competencies. The capstone studio enables students to apply their breadth and depth of knowledge in an industry project.

The course teaches students to think in different ways that enable them to tackle complexity and unravel problems, while building postgraduate level content knowledge in subject areas of interest to students.

The Master of Professional Practice studios enables students to explore, apply and integrate information, technology and human-centred design.

The course for ethical innovative leadership

As graduates, students become agile decision makers and persuasive communicators who adaptively lead people in tackling complex problems. Students are professionally equipped to work successfully with, and for, Indigenous Australians.

UTS is committed to social justice and the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our community – fostering diversity of thought, critical thinking and technical mastery.

Course aims

The course aims to initiate, develop and showcase students’ professional skills in an individual, career-focused e-portfolio spanning the course. Students plan their course with the learning concierge and engage in peer and professional career coaching in the core studios to hone their 21st century skills tailored to their career – problem solving, mindful collaboration, adaptive leadership, communication, research, critical thinking - equipping them with social and reflective competencies for our rapidly changing, digitally disrupted and technology enriched enterprises and communities. By teaching students to think and work together in different ways, it enables them to adaptively lead people and teams through complex problems experienced by organisations and society.

The Master of Professional Practice course structure allows for the engagement with postgraduate subjects across the spectrum of disciplines. The core studios focus critical reflections on situating the learner in their professional and global context. The Master of Professional Practice core studios are professional practice and people oriented and afford open-ended opportunity to explore challenges.

Career options

Whether students want to thrive in a large organisation or create a start-up, the Master of Professional Practice will provide the expertise to help them get there.

The flexible course structure allows students to choose up to two sub-majors, including sub-majors which may be individually configured and named to suit the unique requirements and study plan of every student.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Historically and Culturally Informed about Indigenous Knowledge Systems: FEIT graduates are culturally and historically well informed, able to co-design projects as respectful professionals when working in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
B.1 Socially Responsible: Master of Professional Practice graduates identify and engage a range of stakeholders, organisations, sponsors or local communities. They define interactions and performance requirements of complex socio-technical systems.
C.1 Design Oriented: Master of Professional Practice graduates select and apply appropriate problem solving methods to propose innovations, solutions and strategies to meet present and future performance requirements. They exercise expert judgement to respond to dilemmas, system sustainability, constraints, conflicts, risks and uncertainties.
D.1 Technically Proficient: Master of Professional Practice graduates research and evaluate information, concepts and theories from new or multiple disciplines. They predict and judge the impact of innovations, solutions and strategies using ethical, social, commercial and environmental frameworks and metrics.
E.1 Collaborative and Communicative: Master of Professional Practice graduates communicate in a variety of ways to interpret, develop, sustain and lead discussion, adapting communication to acknowledge and address diversity. They exercise leadership to activate collaboration, build and maintain team cohesion and influence and manage people.
F.1 Reflective: Master of Professional Practice graduates demonstrate a high level of autonomy to self-assess competence and curate their knowledge, skills and experience. They seek and provide constructive reviews to promote personal and professional learning, and evaluate the contributions of others in professional practices.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

In addition to the above qualifications, applicants need to satisfy professional practice requirements by providing materials substantiating their professional work experience (at skill level 1 – bachelor's degree or higher) of at least 2 years full time (or equivalent) in any of the occupations (ANZSCO Version 1.2) listed below. This requirement may be demonstrated through an electronic portfolio or CV and a Statement of Service confirming the dates of employment and the position held within the organisation.


  • 11 Chief Executives, General Managers and Legislators
  • 12 Farmers and Farm Managers
  • 13 Specialist Managers


  • 21 Arts and Media Professionals
  • 22 Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals
  • 23 Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals
  • 24 Education Professionals
  • 25 Health Professionals
  • 26 ICT Professionals
  • 27 Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is generally offered for subjects in this course excluding the core Studio subjects.

The substitution of subjects with an alternative/advanced postgraduate subject in a similar field of study may be granted on a case by case basis. Subject substitution and recognition of prior learning are subject to faculty approval.

The maximum credit points of recognition of prior learning is 32 credit points.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is one-and-a-half years of full-time or three years of part-time study.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 72 credit points, comprising 24 credit points of core studio subjects and 48 credit points of professional-focused subjects – equivalent to two sub-majors of their chosen fields.

Course completion requirements

STM91387 Core Studios stream 24cp
CBK91850 Professional-focused choice 48cp
Total 72cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (C11298), the Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice (C06136), and the Master of Professional Practice.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222