Assessment

Part One assessment

  • Module One – EDS 821 (40 credits): assessed using categorical marking
    One piece of assessed coursework of 5,500 words;
  • Module Two – EDS 822 (30 credits): assessed using categorical marking
    One piece of assessed coursework of 4,000 words;
  • Module Three – EDS 823 (40 credits): assessed using categorical marking
    One piece of assessed coursework of 5,500 words;
  • Module Four – EDS 824 (40 credits): assessed using categorical marking
    One piece of assessed coursework of 5,500 words;
  • Module Five – EDS 825 (30 credits): assessed using categorical marking
    One piece of assessed coursework of 4,000 words.

In addition to the assessed coursework for each module, students must contribute to the online activities, both individual and collaborative (e.g. discussions, peer reviews, learning journals, wikis) as outlined in the individual module handbooks. We do not make specific rules about online participation, but each module tutor will make their expectations clear.

Part Two assessment: Thesis

You will complete a thesis of around 50,000 words. The thesis will represent a significant contribution to knowledge and will contain material which is of publishable quality. It will be comparable, in its presentation of the results of the your work, to any PhD thesis at Lancaster University. It will also demonstrate some broader aspects of your capacity to pursue scholarly research or scholarship in your field of study, though this demonstration of competence will be made in conjunction with your assessed work on the five modules in Part One of your studies.

Most of the work on the thesis will be carried out during Part Two of the programme (Years 3 -5) though it is hoped that a serious start will be made on defining research objectives and a research plan during years one and two. The thesis will be similar in form to and at least as rigorous in intellectual demands as the conventional PhD thesis. It will be more concisely written and presented as it will not have to demonstrate the full range of competences and achievements, as these are also partially documented through the module assessment tasks.