Teaching and assessment
Teaching typically includes lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials, You are encouraged to become an independent and proactive learner, and we will recommend reading and electronic resources for independent study to help develop the breadth and depth of your knowledge.
The majority of your studies will take place at the university but we also incorporate community-based learning experiences on your placement activities. There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on national and international levels.
Learning activities are designed to help you develop your teamwork, presentation and problem-solving skills, plus more traditional academic skills such as synthesis, evaluation and application. We also help you to develop your skills and understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice.
You will benefit from the support of a personal academic tutor, who you are encouraged to meet with regularly. We also offer a range of additional support services to help you develop the skills required for Master’s level study.
Assessment is based exclusively on coursework, for which bespoke guidance materials are provided
. The kinds of coursework that you will undertake are varied, and include:
- Formal essays
- The production of research reports
- Real-time and web-based presentations
- Problem-solving tasks
- Literature reviews
- Case studies and reflective writing
The dissertation provides you with an experience of the research process from its inception to completion.
Teaching contact hours
Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 9 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week
Personal study: 28.5 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities.