The taught element of the course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time, plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.
Each of the four taught modules are organised into a series of approximately 10 units. These units involve a three-hour weekly class comprised of lecture, discussion and small group work, and are supported by web-based materials. These will be prepare you for the session as well as facilitating follow-up reading, practice, exploration and discussion using a 'flipped' model.
You will have time for informal tutorial support each week and are encouraged to make use of text-based peer and tutor discussion opportunities. These can be found within the virtual learning environment which can be accessed from any networked computer on or off-campus.
We welcome students into the LSRI's community of masters and PhD students, postdocs and staff. A drop-in learning lunch is held weekly in term-time and regular seminars (streamed online when possible) are given by leading national and international academics.
Timing of sessions
Education modules are taught in the late afternoon or early evening on weekdays during term-time. Any modules taken with other schools, such as computer science or psychology, are likely to be held earlier in the day.
Part-time students who are unable to attend such daytime sessions will find that there are sufficient modules available in the evenings to accumulate the required course credits.
Full-time students will need to commit two evenings a week (currently Monday and Thursday) to taught modules, one weekday slot (currently Tuesday) to a voluntary tutorial period, and another to LSRI research seminars (currently Tuesdays at 4pm). You are expected to pursue directed private study at other times.
This is not just about books. While the education and computer science library collection is excellent, you will also have access to experts, laboratories, other students, and digital technology itself. It will help to have your own laptop. To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements, please view our computer specification guidance notes.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.
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 ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:
|Mode of study||Start date||Application deadline|
|Full and part-time
||24 September 2018
||3 September 2018
(UK and EU)
|13 August 2018
Clearance to work with young people
You are not required to work with young people as part of this course but there may be opportunities to do so, such as in relation to your dissertation research. Often, this will mean obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is an assurance that you have no criminal record. If you are a UK citizen, this is a fairly straightforward matter. If you are an international student, it may take a little longer and will require certain documents.