Master of Learning and Professional Development (MLPD)

Details on programme fees & funding are listed below.



24 Months


NOTE: Applications for MLPD Cohort 3 close on 14 January 2022.


What is this programme about?


The Master of Learning and Professional Development (MLPD) is a professional development coursework degree that offers an educational pathway for industry practitioners and occupational experts who are seeking to develop and lead provisions of adult Continuing Education and Training (CET). It is designed to strengthen and deepen your knowledge and skills in the fields of both CET and professional development by drawing on existing vocational knowledge and practice, and building your capacity for leadership, innovation and professional work. You will acquire richer theoretical, practical and research-based knowledge and skills in these fields and identify applications in workplaces, organisations and/or educational institutions. 

The modules selected are aligned with leading trends and competencies outlined in the Singapore’s national Skills Framework (SFw) for the Training and Adult Education (TAE) sector, as well as global developments in the fields of CET and professional development. 


Download the MLPD programme infosheet here.


Why choose this programme?


The MLPD programme addresses (but not limited to) the following examples of possible learning outcomes:

  1. Catalyse organisation and sector-wide transformation of Training and Development in Singapore
  2. Build capacities for leading change in the Training and Adult Education sector
  3. Develop Training and Adult Education strategies and interventions at the individual, group, and organisational levels
  4. Drive pedagogical innovations that make learning relevant and accessible
  5. Shape Adult Education provisions that address sector-specific critical and emerging skills
  6. Lead workplace learning practices that support organisation-wide learning through, and at work.


Why Griffith University?


Griffith University is ranked among the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings in 2019. Education at Griffith University is ranked in the top 100 worldwide by the 2019 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Griffith University's reputation for research and teaching excellence, alongside their strong ties to the industry, make them one of the leading providers of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region.


For more information about Griffith University, visit their website at


Who is MLPD suitable for?

The MLPD programme is designed to develop Educational Leaders who will innovate and transform TAE practices to enhance national workforce capacities to respond appropriately to changing circumstances and stay competitive in the global economy. 

This programme is suitable for you if you are an expert industry practitioner who aspires to be, or is actively playing a pivotal role in shaping your organisation's and/or sector's learning. Designations you hold could be Heads of Industry, Continuing Education and Training Academics, Chief Learning Officers, Heads of Training Organisations, Centre Directors of Post-Secondary Education Institutes (PSEIs) and Universities, Curriculum Leaders, Learning Consultants, and Learning Solutionists.


What does MLPD cover?

The MLPD programme comprises of 10 courses that was selected through consultation with IAL-SUSS, of which one involves a capstone project.


Courses Summary


M1: Workplace Learning Strategies (7350EDN; 10 credit points)

This course considers workplaces as learning environments, drawing upon recent theories and research. It focuses on workplace curriculum, pedagogic practices, and the worker-learner concept as the basis for Adult Educators to organise and support organisation-wide learning through, and at work.


M2: Strategic Learning Design (7352EDN; 10 credit points)

This course investigates key concepts of curriculum and instructional design for the purposes of analysing workforce development needs, and application of rigorous approaches to the design of learning that takes into account worker-learner diversity and the circumstances of their workplaces.


M3: Assessment and Evaluation (7354EDN; 10 credit points)

This course uses the principles of assessment planning to develop appropriate tools for measuring practice-based instructional outcomes, and the design of approaches to evaluate learning programmes with the aim to improve strategic learning designs and performance results.


M4: Learning and Performance in Work (7356EDN; 10 credit points)

This course focuses on learning at work as a collective social practice that is shaped and enacted in groups, teams and organisations. It focuses on providing a better understanding of these practices and enactments that can promote work performance at the individual, group and organisational levels.


M5: Learning and the Future of Work (7358EDN; 10 credit points)

This course examines the changing nature of work and associated labour demands, and to critically consider the nature and role of learning and adult education provision. Central to this study is the consideration of work and learning innovation in the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment of today.


M6: Leading the Learning Organisation (7360EDN; 10 credit points)

This course investigates and applies leadership theory and practice for managing the learning of individuals and organisations. It focuses on understanding learning as a management variable, and the development of principles and practices that underpins the leading of learning change for organisational impact.


M7: Understanding Research in Adult Learning and Work (7362EDN; 10 credit points)

This course introduces the understanding of the purposes, processes and outcomes of research in adult education. It addresses concepts and procedures for undertaking such research in settings where adults engage in learning for work-life purposes to promote effective processes and outcomes.


M8: Investigative Techniques for Learning and Work (7364EDN; 10 credit points)

This course introduces key concepts and practices appropriate for conducting research in a range of settings where adults learn work-related knowledge. It includes the consideration and use of qualitative and quantitative methods and procedures, data analysis, and the interpretation of findings.


M9: Professional Development Through Practice-based Learning (7366EDN; 10 credit points)

This professional and employability development course focuses on decision making and planning for career development of self and others. It focuses on understanding professional development as a learning practice that builds on occupational demands and priorities across the lengthening working life.


M10: Independent Capstone Project (7368EDN; 30 credit points)

Through this course, students will identify, plan for, and undertake an independent research-based project to implement and evaluate an intervention that enhances adult education practices for workforce development.


How will you learn?

This programme’s provision is for working professionals who will study part-time. Candidates will enrol in 2 courses for each trimester, totalling up to 6 courses per year to be completed within 2 years. 

All courses will be delivered through flexible delivery, utilising the facilities of Griffith University’s Virtual Learning Environment, in alignment with the university's 'Digital First initiatives'. Provisions include online virtual classrooms and the use of a range of learning technologies in web-based learning platforms, as well as some face-to-face engagement. The face-to-face in-country teaching engagements comprise of five-day periods for each trimester (from Thursday evening to Monday afternoon) at the premises of the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore.

The methods for in-country teaching will commence with flipped classroom strategies in preparation for face-to-face sessions that would comprise of a blend of lectures, tutorials, and workshops, depending on the suitability requirement of each course. The course assessments will be completed during and/or after the in-country teaching, and prior to the end of the course schedule. 


How to apply?


Upcoming Cohort

Cohort Number: 3

Schedule: Download

To Apply: Download and Apply


Entry Requirements

The 120-credit points MLPD programme meets the learning volume requirement under Level 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework. To be eligible for admission to the MLPD programme (offshore), you will need to:

  1. Hold an undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree), of at least 3 years in duration, in a related discipline, recognised by NOOSR as equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 (using a 7.0 scale) or a postgraduate degree;
  2. Have a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the discipline/field of training and development; and
  3. Provide an evidence-informed portfolio demonstrating successful participation in professional development activities and workplace learning. More details on scope of evidences can be found in the application instructions document.


English Language Requirements

As an applicant, you are required to demonstrate that you satisfy English language proficiency requirements of IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (no sub-score of less than 6.0) or 575 on paper based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); or TOEFL score of 79 with no score less than 19.

If you have completed the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) or Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) and/or Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) at IAL, or any tertiary studies within the past 5 years at an equivalent institution (where the language of instruction is in English), you are exempted from the English Language requirements.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning will be considered during assessment of application for entry into the programme.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should apply through IAL. Please follow the application instructions and download the prescribed templates for submission, by clicking ‘Download and Apply’.


Please note that incomplete submissions will not be processed. Enquiries from international applicants are welcomed.


For assistance and clarification, please contact: 




Fees & funding

The programme fee covers tuition and face-to-face lectures by the faculty from Griffith University, payable in two instalments, at least 2 weeks before the commencement of each academic year.


Prices displayed are inclusive of GST. IAL reserves the right to adjust the programme fees below without prior notice.

Singaporeans / Permanent Residents Others



S$ 22,470

(After 50% SSG Grant ^)

S$ 44,940

1st Payment


S$ 11,235

S$ 22,470

2nd Payment


S$ 11,235

S$ 22,470



S$ 4,000 (nett)


^ Note: Eligible applicants who wish to apply for the SSG Grant are required to accept and endorse on the Grant Agreement issued by SUSS-IAL. Recipients of the SSG Grant are required to pass every module and attain the full Master qualification. Should a grant recipient fail or withdraw from the programme, the disbursed grant will be recovered from him/her by SUSS-IAL accordingly. In addition, grant recipients are also required to fulfil the Bond Period of TWO (2) years upon graduation.


Bond Period for Grant Recipients 

Terms and Conditions:

  1. All grant recipients accepted into the MLPD programme must sign a Grant Agreement to serve a 2-year Bond Period in return for receiving the programme fee grant from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) for the SSG-funded programme.
  2. The 2-year bond commences from the date of notification from the university confirming successful completion of the programme and the grant recipient would have to fulfil the bond by working in an entity or organisation in the education and training sector or a training and adult education job role in Singapore.
  3. Grant recipients will be given a window period of up to twice the bond duration to fulfil the bond upon completion of the programme.
  4. Grant recipients who fail to fulfil the bond commitment will be found in breach of agreement. SUSS-IAL will hold the grant recipient liable for repayment of the disbursed grant for the programme.

Professor Sarojni Choy (PhD)

Programme Convenor

Associate Professor Sarojni Choy


Tel: (61) (7) 3735 1108


Prof. Sarojni's research expertise is grounded in the fields of adult and youth learning, and vocational education and training. Her research interests are mainly in improving learning in the workplace through employment based training and continuing professional education and training and in developing novice researchers.

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