Learning and assessment
How you will learn
- Distance learning materials
- Independent study
We hope that you will enjoy the flexibility of studying online, enabling you to attend to modules and engage with materials at times to fit around your other commitments. Online modules on our courses are managed through the Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE) and combine module content, reading lists and materials, online activities, discussion forums and access to tutors.
Our interactive virtual learning environment includes text, audio and video materials, online discussions and reflective tasks. The programme is designed so that you can work at your own pace in an asynchronous way, within the study plan and assignment timetable for each module.
For each module, you will have an academic tutor who will be active online. They contribute to discussions as well as supporting you through the assessment process. There is an online masters-level toolkit to support all aspects of academic study, a dissertation preparation module available to you from the beginning of the course, and one-to-one dissertation support from your supervisor, usually via Microsoft Teams.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes (PDF).
How you will be assessed
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment or equivalent.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.
To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50% for each taught module and for the dissertation.
Contact time and study hours
You are expected to study 12-15 hours per week for each module. This includes working through our online materials and related reading, research, reflection, contributing to discussion forums, and working on your assignments.