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Teaching and attendance

What format do classes take?

Our MSc/MRes courses are taught by a combination of lectures by academic staff.

Classes typically begin with a lecture of about 60 minutes in length for the week's topic of study.

The second hour takes the form of a seminar. 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.

Reading week and workshop week takes place halfway through each semester. The 2016/17 calendar is as follows for postgraduate students:


Week Week Beginning
1 Oct 2-Oct-17 Teaching
2 Oct 9-Oct-17 Teaching
3 Oct 16-Oct-17 Teaching
4 Nov 23-Oct-17 Teaching
5 Nov 30-Oct-17 Teaching
6 Nov 6-Nov-17 Reading Week
7 Nov 13-Nov-17 Workshop Week
8 Nov 20-Nov-17 Teaching
9 Dec 27-Nov-17 Teaching
10 Dec 4-Dec-17 Teaching - 8 weeks

Dec 11-Dec-17 No teaching
Dec 18-Dec-17 Winter Holidays
Dec 25-Dec-17
Jan 1-Jan-18
1 Jan 15-Jan-18 Teaching
2 Jan 22-Jan-18 Teaching
3 Jan 29-Jan-18 Teaching
4 Feb 5-Feb-18 Teaching
5 Feb 12-Feb-18 Reading week
6 Feb 19-Feb-18 Workshop Week
7 Mar 26-Feb-18 Teaching
8 Mar 5-Mar-18 Teaching
9 Mar 12-Mar-18 Teaching - 7 weeks

Theorising and Master Class will have extra weeks (please refer to handbook)