Formal lecture input is often interspersed with discussion, group exercises and case studies which allow you to engage with theories and concepts and reflect on their application in practice. You will have opportunities to work on a variety of group tasks, both assessed and non-assessed. That same variety of approaches is reflected in the assessment process.
There is a strong emphasis on participation, and many sessions involve significant interaction between the tutor and the class, with discussion both in small groups and in the full class. You therefore need to be prepared to be an active member of the class, exchanging and debating ideas with others.
To facilitate that process, the class (typically around 135 students) is divided into two for teaching purposes – which means that you will normally be in a class of around 65 students. In some modules, particularly in the first term, you will be able to mix with students from other Masters programmes within the School.
Study skills and support courses
To help students optimise their performance in the academic modules, academic study skills support courses are offered within the programme. These courses are voluntary but are recommended as an excellent way of refining your study skills.
Academic study skills
This programme of workshops and individual tutorials has been devised primarily for international students, to help them to communicate more confidently in groups, produce competent coursework assignments in well-written English, and develop good exam technique. As it includes sessions on effective argumentation and on organising and structuring essays, it may also be highly valuable if your first degree has required different styles of assessment.
Outside the taught sessions, you will be expected to manage your own learning, reading widely, using the Internet and making extensive use of the University library resources, both print-based and online. Campus rooms have network connections, there are also terminals in the MSc baseroom, and you have 24-hour access to the School’s IT labs – giving you flexibility to devise your own work schedule.
Life on our Masters programmes is not all work, despite the hectic schedule: social events play a very important part, too, in the life of the class. Each year the class appoints a Social Committee whose role is to organise various events, for such as end-of-term parties.