Timing

The online MSc programme has two four-month teaching periods in each academic year, 1 October to 31 January and 15 March to 15 July (each teaching period is equivalent to a 10-week term for campus-based programmes) and two two-week induction periods for new students joining the programme in September or February.

There are two intakes of students to the online programme in each year, in September and February. The programme starts with a non-credit bearing Induction Module, which runs twice a year, in September and February.

The programme is divided into three stages: Certificate, Diploma and Dissertation.

Online students have the choice to follow the programme either as fast stream or standard stream. Fast stream students complete each of the three stages, Certificate, Diploma and Dissertation within a single four-month teaching period. Standard stream students need two consecutive teaching periods to complete each stage.

To allow flexibility, students are able to transfer between the fast and standard streams at the end of each stage. It can therefore take between 1.5 and 3 years to complete the online MSc programme. It is also possible to take a longer break in studies (typically about half a year or a year) by applying for leave of absence.

For a list of modules taken at each stage please see the programme structure section.

Pathways

The following examples show some typical pathways leading to the MSc degree, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Because of in-built flexibility, other combinations are possible.

In addition, it is possible to follow selected individual modules.

Example 1: September 2018 intake, 180 credits, MSc degree in 1.5 years

Stages        Stream   Duration Teaching Period Modules & Credits 1-to-1
Contact Time
Assessment    
Induction   2 weeks Sep 2018

induction module
no credits

1 one-hour induction meeting  
Certificate Fast 4 months Oct 2018 -Jan 2019 3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 2 weeks apart       
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva
Diploma Fast 4 months Mar 2019 -Jul 2019 3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 2 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva
Dissertation Fast 4 months Oct 2019 -Jan 2020 dissertation
60 credits
6 one-hour sessions
abt. 3 weeks apart, 6 times written feedback
dissertation refereed,
recorded viva


Example 2: February 2019 intake, 180 credits, MSc degree in 2 years

Stages        Stream   Duration Teaching Period Modules & Credits

1-to-1
Contact Time

Assessment    
Induction   2 weeks Feb 2019

induction module
no credits

1 one-hour induction meeting  
Certificate Fast 4 months

Mar 2019 -Jul 2019

3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 2 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva
Diploma Standard 2x4 months Oct 2019 -Jan 2020
and
Mar 2020 -Jul 2020
3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 4 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva
Dissertation Fast 4 months Oct 2020 -Jan 2021 dissertation
60 credits
6 one-hour sessions abt. 3 weeks apart,
6 times written feedback
dissertation refereed,
recorded viva


Example 3: September 2018 intake, 180 credits, MSc degree in 3 years

Stages        Stream   Duration Teaching Period Modules & Credits 1-to-1 Contact Time Assessment    
Induction   2 weeks Sep 2018

induction module
no credits

1 one-hour induction meeting  
Certificate Standard 2x4 months

Oct 2018 -Jan 2019
and
Mar 2019 -Jul 2019

3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 4 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva
Diploma Standard 2x4 months Oct 2019 -Jan 2020
and
Mar 2020 -Jul 2020
3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 4 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva
Dissertation Standard 2x4 months Oct 2020 -Jan 2021
and
Mar 2021 -Jul 2021
dissertation
60 credits
6 one-hour sessions abt. 6 weeks apart,
6 times written feedback
dissertation refereed,
recorded viva


Example 4: September 2018 intake, 120 credits, Postgraduate Diploma in 1.5 years

Stages        Stream   Duration Teaching Period Modules & Credits 1-to-1
Contact Time
Assessment    
Induction   2 weeks Sep 2018

induction module
no credits

1 one-hour induction meeting  
Certificate Standard 2x4
months

Oct 2018 -Jan 2019
and
Mar 2019 -Jul 2019

3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 4 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva
Diploma Fast 4 months Oct 2019 -Jan 2020 3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 2 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva


Example 5: February 2019 intake, 60 credits, Postgraduate Certificate in 0.5 years

Stages        Stream   Duration Teaching Period Modules & Credits 1-to-1
Contact Time
Assessment    
Induction   2 weeks Feb 2019

induction module
no credits

1 one-hour induction meeting  
Certificate Fast 4 months

Mar 2019 -Jul 2019

3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 2 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework per module,
recorded viva


Example 6: September 2018 intake, 20 credits, individual module in 0.5 years

Stages        Stream   Duration Teaching Period Modules & Credits 1-to-1
Contact Time
Assessment    
Induction   2 weeks Sep 2018

induction module
no credits

1 one-hour induction meeting  
Individual
module
Fast 4 months

Oct 2018 -Jan 2019

3 taught modules
3x20 credits
10 one-hour tutorials
abt. 2 weeks apart      
4 pieces of coursework
recorded viva