Learning and assessment
How you will learn
We are preparing your tutorials, laboratory classes, workshops and seminars so that you can study and discuss your subjects with your tutors and fellow students in stimulating and enjoyable ways. While we will keep some elements of online course delivery, particularly while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place or where this enhances course delivery, teaching is being planned to take place in-person wherever possible. This will be subject to government guidance remaining unchanged.
We will use the best of digital technologies to support both your in-person and online teaching. We will provide live, interactive online sessions, alongside pre-recorded teaching materials so that you can work through them at your own pace. While the mix of in-person and digital teaching will vary by course, we aim to increase the proportion of in-person teaching in the spring term.
- Practical classes
- Field trips
This course is offered full-time and part-time.
There is a significant proportion of independent learning and small group study. You will be guided through the process of identifying a research project to suit your career aspirations.
How you will be assessed
All assessments in the 2021/22 academic year will be delivered online unless there is a professional accreditation requirement or a specific need for on-campus delivery and in-person invigilation.
Modules are assessed using a variety of individual assessment types which are weighted to calculate your final mark for each module. Typically all taught modules have one piece of coursework in addition to a final exam.
You will need an average mark of 50% to pass the MSc overall. You will be given a copy of our marking criteria when you start the course and will receive regular feedback from your tutors.
Coursework includes diet formulation exercises, case-study assignments, reports, essays and reviews.
Contact time and study hours
As a guide, in the autumn and spring semesters you will typically spend around 25 hours per week in classes. You will be expected to spend a further 12 hours per week on self-guided study.
You will work on your research project between June and September. You would be supervised for 3 hours per week, on average.
Teaching is provided by teaching fellows, assistant professors, associate professors and professors. Technical staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers provide additional support in small group and practical classes.
Typically you would study with around 20 other students.