Teaching and attendance
What format do classes take?
Our MSc/MRes courses are taught by a combination of lectures by academic staff and student-led discussion.
Classes typically begin with a lecture of about 60 minutes in length that identifies the main themes and debates for each given topic.
The second hour takes the form of organised, student-led discussion. This is typically a student presentation, where one or two students make a 10-15 minute presentation each, identifying the main issues for discussion by the class.
What are the attendance requirements?
For all of our MSc/MRes degrees formal teaching takes place between 18.00 and 20.00, with each course unit meeting one evening per week.
- Part-time students attend classes on two nights a week in the first year and on one or two nights a week in the second.
- Full-time students attend three or four nights a week throughout the year.
In addition, study skills sessions and practice examinations take place on Saturdays. There are no more than two or three in any one year.