The taught element of the course can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time study. There is then an eight-month dissertation period. There are also Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exit points. You can view an example timetable but please note this is subject to change.
This course comprises four taught modules and a final dissertation/research. Each taught module is organised into a series of approximately ten units. Each unit will have at its focus a three hour weekly class. This will comprise of lecture, discussion and small group work. These units are supported by web-based materials. These will be preparatory to the session as well as allowing subsequent follow-up reading, practice, exploration, and discussion.
Time is scheduled each week for informal tutorial support and you are encouraged to make use of text based peer and tutor discussion opportunities. These will be found within the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that hosts the web support for this course. This VLE is available from any networked computer both on and off campus.
The LSRI welcomes students into its learning community of masters and PhD students, postdocs and staff. A drop-in 'learning lunch' is held weekly in term-time and regular seminars (streamed when possible) are given by leading national and international academics.
Timing of sessions
All modules taught by the School of Education will be presented on weekday late afternoon or early evenings during University term. Any modules taken from the Schools of Psychology or Computer Science are likely to be held earlier during the working day.
Part-time students who are unable to attend such daytime sessions will find that there are sufficient modules available in the evening slot to accumulate the course credits required. Full-time students will find that two evenings a week (currently Monday and Thursday) will be given to taught modules, a voluntary tutorial period is scheduled for a further weekday slot (currently Tuesday), and LSRI research seminars are held on Tuesdays (at 4pm). You are expected to pursue directed private study at other times.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 4,000 words, or equivalent portfolio of assessment tasks.
The dissertation module entails a substantial piece of self-directed research work of 12,000-15,000 words that is agreed with and supervised by a member of the course team. It may be empirical in nature or library-based.
This is not just about books. Although the Education and Computer Science library collection is excellent and in a most innovative building, it's also about students having access to experts, to laboratories, to other students, and of course to digital technology itself. It will also help to have your own laptop. To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements, please view our computer specification guidance notes.
Clearance to work with young people
You are not required to work with young people as part of this course but there may arise opportunities to do so and you may elect to do so in relation to your dissertation research. Often, doing so will require you gain a 'DBS check'. This is an assurance that you have no criminal record. If you are a UK citizen, this is a straightforward matter. If you are coming from overseas, it will take a little longer perhaps and it will be necessary to have certain documents to hand. You can find more information on how to obtain a certificate, what documents you need to provide etc, on the Gov.uk website.
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply on entry for exemption for credit requirements of the course. Please visit our ROL pages for further information.