Learning and assessment
How you will learn
- Practical classes
- Journal club
- Computer workshops
- Research projects
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 open-book exams, case study coursework, essays and OSCEs.
To complete a module and gain its credits you will need to make sure you attend placements, practicals and get over the 50% pass mark.
In order to achieve the MSc, you will 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 are 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.
Full time students learn over a period of two semesters and a summer period totalling around 12 months.
You'll have an average of 16 hours of contact time each week, however 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 time 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 6 weeks notice.
Non-teaching days are intended for private study, placements, clinics and research.
Part time students can learn the same course content over a period of 24, 36, or 48 months.
Teaching will usually take place on two days a week during the semesters, so students attend teaching one day a week or about four hours per week. Students studying over three or four years 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, placements and research.