The course is made up of two semesters (120 credits of taught coursework including a 40-credit research module). Written and oral examinations as well as continuous assessment are used to assess these modules. The examinations are taken in January and May/June. If these are passed satisfactorily, the student passes onto the full-time research project during the summer. The research dissertation is submitted in September and is examined externally. The award of the MSc is dependent upon satisfactory performance in both coursework and research dissertation. The normal minimum entrance requirement for a MSc is a lower second class degree or equivalent.
Funding grants and other support is available for UK and EU students. Staff of the research group will provide assistance in seeking funding for other well-qualified students.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges