All of your course material will be available electronically through our Blackboard site. Support is provided by our dedicated distance learning team and support staff. When you register you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be available to discuss any aspects of your study either by phone, Skype or email.
All course assessments will be submitted online via the University of Leicester’s Virtual Learning Environment: Blackboard, which will also enable you to exchange information and discuss topics with your fellow students and staff, as well as giving access to the University’s impressive and extensive e-library. You will also benefit from a number of supported learning events – ranging from an Induction Programme to Online Academic Skills Programmes and Study Schools.
We are aware of the specific challenges and benefits of studying at a distance and tailor our support to meet these needs. Support is available from dedicated academic and support staff and you will be assigned a tutor who will be available to discuss any aspects of your study either by phone, Skype or email.
Around September and April each year the Department of Criminology and the School of History, Politics and International Relations host a collaborative study school. All students who enrol on distance learning courses offered by these Departments are invited to attend this Study School. The event offers the opportunity to come onto campus, meet, share experiences with and learn from staff and fellow students in an informal setting as well as in the classroom.
The Study School is made up of two separate strands:
Developing your Academic Skills
Sessions in this strand will;
- Cement the academic skills and knowledge you have developed to date and explore the issues faced when integrating vocational and academic knowledge.
- Consider how the skills and knowledge gained from practice can be drawn on in academic research and, conversely, how the skills and knowledge gained from academic work can benefit the practitioner.
Studying Towards Your Dissertation
- This strand will concentrate on the knowledge and skills you will require to complete your dissertation and covers topics such as questionnaire design, getting the most out of literature, writing up your findings and using the University library services.
Both strands also offer an opportunity to meet with either an assigned course tutor or another academic member of staff to discuss any individual study issues or queries and an opportunity to receive face to face tuition on aspects of assignment writing, planning and referencing source material.
Attendance is not a requirement of the course and materials presented at the Study School are made available via the courses virtual learning environment. Student feedback has shown us that the event is rewarding, enriching and a useful supplement to online study.
The MSc Security and Risk Management is based on continuous assessment, with each of the modules comprising up to three assessments. The assessments range from formal essays to preparing poster presentations and reflective journal exercises. The final stage towards your MSc degree is the completion of a dissertation of 15,000 words.