What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning combines taught modules via distance learning, residential academies held annually at Lancaster University, and ongoing thesis supervision.

Each academic year begins with an academy held here, at the University. Between three and five days in length, these include lectures, workshops, group discussions and individual activities such as supervision meetings.

Taught modules relating to the area of study, and those designed to take your research skills to the next level, are delivered during the first two years of study via distance learning. We use the Moodle platform for this aspect of your degree - combining live and interactive lectures, elements to be worked through autonomously, webinars, online collaboration and group work.

In year two of your masters and years three to five of your PhD, you will undertake a research project and/or thesis from your own location. Related to your area of practice, this is fully supervised from Lancaster so you will have support every step of the way.

Supervision can be via email, Skype, or telephone depending on your preference. Masters students will be assigned one supervision tutor, PhD students will be assigned two supervision tutors (with one leading the process).

Throughout our blended learning degrees, you will have access to a Hub space that facilitates interaction with your cohort and with other programmes. This creates a virtual information space that is international, inter-disciplinary, and sociable.

Our blended learning cohorts

The courses are international in focus and not restricted to any one professional group or discipline range.

You will benefit from being part of a UK and internationally-based peer group tackling some of the most complex global issues in health and medicine. Fellow students, who will be fulfilling their current responsibilities as they study, may include:

  • academics in other institutions
  • health and social care professionals
  • public health practitioners
  • those with roles in non-governmental agencies

Can’t decide between a Masters and PhD?

If you are interested in postgraduate study via blended learning, but are not sure whether to register for a Masters or a PhD, then it is possible to register for a Masters programme initially and subsequently transfer to a PhD route.

We currently offer transfer options (subject to conditions) for our blended learning Masters programmes in Ageing and Health Economics and Policy.

Students who initially register for one of these programmes can request a switch in their registration to the PhD programme following completion of the first programme-specific module in the Michaelmas term of Year 1. Alternatively, a student who obtains a blended learning MSc and subsequently would like to study for the blended learning PhD award without repeating any taught modules can request to do so.

Further details about both of these options and conditions are available by contacting Craig Murray, Masters Programme Director (c.murray@lancaster.ac.uk).