Learning and assessment
How you will learn
- Practical classes
- Journal club
- Computer workshops
- Research projects
Teaching is face-to-face, supported by online materials and independent study. Practical teaching will take place in the clinical skills suites and in the dissection room (module dependent). Along with more traditional classroom-based lectures and/or tutorials.
How you will be assessed
- Objective structured clinical exams
- Viva voce
Your work will be assessed during or at the end of each module through a variety of means, depending on your module choices. This includes exams, case study coursework, essays, Vlogs, presentations, OSCEs, dissertation, and viva.
To complete a module and gain its credits you'll need to make sure you attend placements, practicals and get over the 50% pass mark.
To achieve the MSc, you'll need a total of 180 credits.
Contact time and study hours
We encourage our students to think of the course like they would a full-time job and spend around 37 hours on it per week including teaching time. Part-time students should consider it similar to a part-time job.
You're expected to work roughly 10 hours for each credit on the course including teaching and independent study, so a 20 credit module should take around 200 hours to complete or around a total of 25 eight-hour days.
If you choose to study this course full-time, you'll learn over 12 months (two semesters and the summer).
You'll have an average of 10 to 16 hours of contact time each week during the autumn and spring semesters. However, the time and days of teaching will depend on the optional module you choose. Contact time is generally grouped by full days of teaching to minimise travel to campus. Previously teaching has primarily been delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We try to provide you with your timetable for the year by the start of the academic year. Where changes happen, we try to give you six weeks' notice.
Non-teaching days are intended for private study (including preparation for presentations and assessments), placements, and research.
Part-time students can learn the same course content over a period of 24, 36, or 48 months. Please note, if you choose to study over 36 or 48 months, you'll need to check if you can apply for Student Loan finance.
Teaching will usually primarily take place two days a week during the semesters. You'll typically attend teaching one day a week or about four hours per week, depending on the modules you select. If you choose to study over three or four years, you will have less. We try wherever possible to be flexible to help you manage your timetable.
You're expected to devote around two and a half days per week to the course including attending teaching, private study (including preparation for presentations and assessments), placements and research.