Learning and assessment
How you will learn
As a distance learning course, you will primarily learn using online tools. However, we do deliver some of our modules as two-day intensive workshops in Nottingham, usually in September and March of each year. These workshops are recorded to ensure that if you are not able to attend you will not be academically disadvantaged. As a result, international students are not required to attend but may do so if they wish.
E-learning modules are delivered online and are made up of video lectures and online activities. We also provide weekly non-mandatory webinars throughout your first year which are recorded to help those who are unable to attend. You will also be supported by frequent opportunities for group discussion online.
For those taking the MSc, your research project will typically be supervised through video conferencing with your supervisor.
You will also have a personal tutor – Dr Jonathan Houdmont or Professor Amanda Griffiths - that will provide support and guidance throughout your studies.
How you will be assessed
- Online workbook
- Journal paper report
- Research process review
Your work will be assessed at the end of each module through a variety of means.
To complete a module and gain its credits you will need to make sure you get over the 50% pass mark.
In order to achieve the MSc, you will need a total of 180 credits.
In order to achieve the PGDip, you will need a total of 120 credits.
In order to achieve the PGCert, you will need a total of 60 credits.
Contact time and study hours
Students can learn the course content over a period of 24 or 36 months.
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. However, this is dependent on how the module is delivered.
Typically you'll spend around 15 hours per week learning and studying. Between September and June students typically dedicate one full day each weekend and two evenings each week to their studies.
Throughout the first year of study we hold weekly non-mandatory webinars to support your learning weekly (usually Tuesday evening at 7pm UK time). Recordings are made available afterwards.
Workshop modules are provided by two 8 hour days of face-to face workshop teaching in Nottingham. Recordings are made available afterwards for international students and others who may not be able to attend in person.
Supervision times for the research project are organised between you and your supervisor, and will typically take place through video conferencing.