All of your course material will be available online through the University of Leicester’s Virtual Learning Environment: Blackboard. As such you will need to have regular internet access. There are no real time lectures so you can access your course material at anytime from anywhere in the world.
Ongoing support is provided by a team of a dedicated academics and distance learning support staff. When you register with us, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who is an academic within the School of Criminology. Your Personal Tutor can help you address assignments, reflect on your feedback and discuss any aspects of your study either by phone, MS Teams or email.
All course assessments will be submitted online via 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 online Study School events at the start of your studies and again as you begin your dissertation.
Your initial Study School will focus on introducing you to your programme of study and developing the key academic skills you need to succeed at University. During the two-day event you'll be able to take part in a series of workshops addressing aspects such as essay writing, critical analysis and referencing.
Your second Study School will focus more on the skills you need to carry out dissertation research and will concentrate on topics such as designing ethical research, collecting and analysing different types of data, and using the University library services. Both events offer you an opportunity to interact with different members of academic staff and to discuss any individual study issues or queries.
Attendance is not a requirement of the course and materials presented at the Study School are made available via Blackboard. Student feedback has shown us that the event is rewarding, enriching and a useful supplement to online study.
Having delivered distance learning for over 35 years at the University of Leicester, we are aware of the specific challenges and benefits of studying at a distance and tailor our support to meet these needs.
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.