Teaching and learning
Modules are delivered by a combination of face-to-face seminars, classes, workshops and field trips.
You will have the additional support of an online repository of relevant materials and the University Library to help with your independent study.
The course is continually assessed through a number of written assignments and presentations, as well as the 15,000-20,000-word dissertation at the end of the degree. An assignment of 4,000-5,000 words or equivalent is completed for each module, enabling you to develop your academic interests. There are no exams for this course.
Students' Learning Experience
Our students benefit from a lively academic environment, through the expertise and scholarship of our academic staff and the active and progressive research environment that characterises the School of Education. Specialist speakers are often invited to give research seminars at the School and we also run a more informal series of lunchtime research meetings, called ‘Food for Thought’, where all staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and to lead seminars. In addition, occasional seminars are arranged by support staff on special topics, such as new developments in ICT.
During the autumn and spring terms, appropriate arrangements are made for students to conduct research in the university or local schools with a view to practise their research skills and build up their confidence to conduct dissertation project independently.
Every summer, the School of Education holds an Open Postgraduate Conference to give our research students the opportunity to present their work to a wider academic and professional audience. The event is attended by postgraduate research students from UK and international universities and provides an excellent opportunity for networking within a wider research community.
Your studies are supported by a course tutor who oversees your development and progress. In addition, each taught module is led by an experienced module tutor or coordinator. You are allocated a dissertation supervisor during the Spring term. This allocation takes account, as far as possible, of your developing educational interests and the supervisor's research interests.
The lecturers are incredibly supportive and allow you the freedom to research and explore your own interests from day one, making us stand out from the crowd as confident, active members of the research community.