Learning and assessment
How you will learn
You are taught in small seminar groups, so there is plenty of opportunity for discussion of ideas and development of our students as researchers.
You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will monitor your academic progress, provide feedback on your work, help with module choices, and assist with pastoral support if needed.
You are also assigned a dissertation supervisor, at the start of the spring semester, who will provide one-to-one supervision of your dissertation.
How you will be assessed
We use a wide range of assessment types focusing on students' academic and personal development. Most modules are assessed by written work of varying lengths, corresponding with the content and weighting of the module. Language modules are usually assessed by written examination.
Your course tutors provide detailed comments on assignments.
During the summer, you will complete a dissertation. This is a major piece of independent research, and you will be allocated a supervisor who is a specialist in your chosen area.
Your dissertation supervisor will provide advice and guidance to help you select your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research.
Contact time and study hours
You will typically have 11 hours of face-to-face timetabled contact a week. Your tutors will also be available during office hours to discuss your work, address any issues, and help you develop your understanding.
One credit is approximately 10 hours of student work, so a 20-credit module will be around 200 hours of work. On average, you will spend around 10 hours per module per week on independent study.