Course overview

The portfolio of professional practice of research allows participants undertaking the Professional Doctorate and Masters programmes to take ownership of their personal, professional and academic development within a research context and to demonstrate how these acquired knowledge and research skills have been used to enhance research practices within the workplace.

Participants will develop a portfolio of evidence and reflective critical analysis to illustrate the practice of research related to their work-based research project. The portfolio evidence will include a research project proposal, critical literature review, project plan and any research outputs, such as oral presentations or summary reports of research within the workplace,


Learning outcomes

The Portfolio of Professional Practice of Research predominantly involves self-directed learning.  Participants will be supported by discussion with academic and industry supervisors about research project progress related to the portfolio. 

Study hours

Formal contact will be provided through supervisory team meetings.  An initial contact session will introduce students to the expectations and purpose of the portfolio.

The portfolio will be assessed alongside the candidate’s research project dissertation by the project supervisor(s) and the module convenor, and should consist of:

  1. Research project proposal relating to a work-based research project detailing project aims and objectives, planned project outputs and impact, and justification of commercial need for the project.
  2. A Critical literature review related to the research project.
  3. A Project plan, including timescales, resource requirements and deliverables.
  4. Evidence of dissemination of research output(s) within the workplace (e.g., oral presentations, written reports, etc.).
  5. Reflective commentary linking together evidence to identify and discuss learning from the work-based research project.

Key facts

Course Dates
Entry Requirements
The applicant has obtained an undergraduate honours degree in the 1st or 2nd class range, or international equivalent, in a relevant pure or applied science, technology or engineering subject. A minimum of one year of relevant full-time work experience.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
University Of Reading
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Reading
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Completed via distance learning
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