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.
MA Dissertation Preparation Day
This is an opportunity for students to learn more about the challenges of a larger-scale research project, about supervision and support, and about the resources available to Masters researchers. It is also a social occasion, bringing together our postgraduate students as an academic community.
More about the Dissertation Preparation Day
All new postgraduate taught students can opt into our peer mentoring scheme. Your peer mentor will help you settle into life at Nottingham and access support if needed.
More about peer mentoring
How you will be assessed
Most modules are assessed by written work of varying lengths, corresponding with the content and weighting of the module.
Your course tutors provide detailed comments on assignments.
Towards the end of your studies, you will complete a 14,000-word 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 six 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.