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This programme, taught in Singapore, is designed by Cardiff University in partnership with the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore. Read more

This programme, taught in Singapore, is designed by Cardiff University in partnership with the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore.

Overview

This innovative programme, taught in Singapore, is designed by Cardiff University in partnership with the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore and is aimed at practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the East Asian region.

In a period of global economic transformation, technological innovation and market uncertainty, the need for innovative approaches to skills and workforce development has never been greater. Established ideas and models have been called into question as developed and developing economies look for new policies to enhance the performance of national economies and improve the well-being of individuals.

In recognising these fundamental challenges, our MSc in Skills and Workforce Development aims to develop expertise and enhance professional capacity in the field of employment, skills and workforce development in a changing global context. We seek to provide you with the knowledge and analytical tools to develop and assess alternative policy interventions, identify and seek solutions to challenges in workforce development, and undertake effective research in the field.

Distinctive features

Taught by leading international experts, this part-time programme will equip you with the latest ideas and analysis in the field of skills, workforce development and employment.

By bringing together different disciplines and comparative policy debates, we offer you the opportunity to examine the latest theories and research evidence and consequently apply them to national, sectoral and workplace settings.

Other distinctive features include:

  • Part-time structure designed to fit around your professional commitments
  • Modules delivered by Cardiff University faculty in Singapore
  • Interactive modules taught by international experts in the field of skills, workforce development and employment supported by cutting-edge research
  • A combination of learning opportunities including lectures, seminars and workshops, group work and presentations, guest speakers and networking events
  • A global network of students and researchers.

Learning and assessment

Each of the four taught modules is designed to be completed over four months. At the start of each module, you will have access to module materials via the virtual learning environment (VLE) including:

  • An overview of the module and its intended learning outcomes
  • An introduction to the key content and concepts underpinning the module
  • Resources and tasks to support independent learning
  • Information regarding the assessment of the module.

Some modules will require you to attend a five-day intensive learning event at the IAL in Singapore, approximately one month after the start of the module. These events draw upon the independent learning undertaken from the beginning of the module. The schedule normally consists of:

  • Three hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings
  • Eight hours on Saturday and Sunday.

The learning events are delivered by Cardiff academics and typically include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars, workshops
  • Group work
  • Student presentations
  • Formative assessment
  • Invited speakers from the region
  • Networking activities.

Other modules will be delivered remotely through Cardiff VLE. Structured learning resources will lead you through the requirements of the module. A range of resources are deployed including:

  • Podcasts that provide an overview of the key concepts
  • Targeted readings linked to online activities, eg. tests on understanding, discussion boards, and feedback from academic tutors
  • Case studies of policy in action
  • Regular webinars to provide a focus for online discussion
  • Online learning support groups.

In addition, for each module there will be:

  • Online guidance on the summative assessments
  • Follow-up webinars related to the assessments
  • Evening learning event at the IAL with speakers from Singapore/East Asian region
  • Individual and group feedback on the assessments.

Your dissertation work will be supported through a range of online resources and regular virtual meetings with an allocated supervisor.

Career prospects

This course was designed by Cardiff University in partnership with the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore and aims to build the next generation of senior policy makers, divisional directors, researchers and other professionals required to respond to fundamental policy challenges in this field.

You will explore pressing contemporary issues such as sustainable economic development, the future of work, inequality and social inclusion, as well as gaining essential knowledge and analytical skills for tackling challenges in the workplace, accessing future opportunities or pursing a doctoral qualification.



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This is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) training programme for those currently working in mental health. Read more

This is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) training programme for those currently working in mental health. The programme focuses on core competencies in working with depression and anxiety.

Overview

This part-time Postgraduate Diploma course is for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

It aims to provide high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT), and is accredited by the BABCP at Level 1. You will have to meet some further criteria, in addition to the course, for full practitioner accreditation.

The syllabus is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression, and the course focuses on CBT with adults, although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.

You must be able to practise CBT in your work and have ongoing supervision from a supervisor or manager in your workplace. You will also need five hours’ supervision from a BABCP accredited practitioner.

Distinctive features

Distinctive features of the course include: 

  • Accredited by British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
  • Designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with BABCP
  • Currently the only CBT training programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in supervision sessions offered by BABCP-accredited practitioners and including live supervision using therapy recordings.

You will have online access to programme materials and resources via Learning Central and also have access to Cardiff University library facilities. We provide recording equipment for students on the diploma course.

How will I be supported?

You will have access to a personal tutor to oversee pastoral care, and there will be opportunities to consult with the teaching staff and to engage in discussion with visiting trainers.

A Programme Handbook will include detailed information about the programme of study including guidance on completing assessed work. The course outline, handbook and schedules of assessment will be available via the Cardiff University website, and you will have access to Cardiff University Library, a bench library of key text at the course base, and online resources via the Cardiff University website.

Career prospects

Graduates from the course will have evidence of skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, recognised by the BABCP, which can be used in a number of employment fields.



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The aim of this course is to provide, at an advanced level, knowledge and skills in wireless and microwave communication engineering with the addition of specialist skills in business and entrepreneurship. Read more

The aim of this course is to provide, at an advanced level, knowledge and skills in wireless and microwave communication engineering with the addition of specialist skills in business and entrepreneurship. It is designed to meet the urgent need for specialists trained in this field.

Overview

This course aims to provide you with key, advanced level knowledge and skills that will allow you to succeed in the rapidly growing wireless and microwave communication industry. You will also develop research skills and other related abilities, enhancing your general engineering competency, employability, and providing you with an excellent platform for career development, whether that be within industry or academic research.

In addition, modules delivered by Cardiff University’s internationally recognised Business School will allow you the opportunity to gain valuable skills in entrepreneurship and an insight into what’s involved in starting your own business.

More specifically, the programme aims to equip you with:

  • Expertise in new and evolving areas, such as advanced microwave computer aided design and communication systems engineering.
  • Laboratory time and advanced engineering management alongside modules in radio frequency engineering, advanced industry standard microwave computer aided design (CAD) tools, fabrication and testing, advanced communication systems, advanced communication networks and non-linear RF designs and concepts.
  • Skills in entrepreneurship across a variety of business and technology disciplines complemented by the specialist modules taught by Cardiff Business School.
  • Real world technology product development experience, learn best practices and build an exceptional network from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs.
  • If you have software skills, you will have the opportunity to apply to the Alacrity Foundation to take part in their “boot camp”. This 12 month programme provides graduates with practical business training, software skills & mentorship so they can develop as entrepreneurs and launch their own UK based technology companies.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of this course include:

  • The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution taught by staff in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • MSc teaching complemented by guest lectures given by industrial professionals.
  • A programme accredited as meeting requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate qualification.
  • A unique opportunity to participate in the Alacrity Foundation Programme.
  • A programme partially based on a successful and well-established course - Wireless and Microwave Communication Engineering (MSc).
  • Specialist modules taught by the Cardiff Business School.

Learning and assessment

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme, and you will be required to attend lectures and participate in examples classes.

A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of study in total, which includes 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment.

At the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom you should expect to meet with regularly. Dissertation topics are presented via the Alacrity Foundation.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

Career prospects

Career prospects are generally excellent with graduating students following paths either into research, business or related industry. After graduating, a number of students start their own businesses.

In terms of research, Cardiff University has many electrical, electronic and microwave related research areas that require PhD students if you wish to undertake further postgraduate study.



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An interdisciplinary science communication degree offered jointly with the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and the Techniquest science discovery centre. Read more

An interdisciplinary science communication degree offered jointly with the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and the Techniquest science discovery centre.

Overview

This course is offered jointly by Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Techniquest, a science discovery centre based in Cardiff. 

The course aims to offer knowledge and expertise relating to the organisation and funding of scientific research, the reporting of scientific innovation and controversy, and the role of citizens, experts and the media in decision making.

You will receive practical, hands-on training in presenting science via news media or directly to audiences ranging from school children to the general public.

Distinctive features

This is an innovative, interdisciplinary degree based on collaboration between internationally respected academics and a leading science discovery centre.

The programme has strong links to a wide range of media and science organisations including National Museum Wales, Wales Gene Park, local and national media, science communication centres, and policy makers in regional, national and European institutions.

It offers excellent opportunities to develop expertise in an area of increasing importance for policy, industry and scientific communities.

The course offers students the opportunity to take a mixture of research-led and vocationally orientated modules in order to engage with current debates about topics such as: the organisation and funding of scientific research; the reporting of scientific innovation and controversy; and the role of citizens, experts and the media in decision-making about science and technology.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Modules employ a diverse range of teaching including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and independent guided study. All modules within the programme make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

You will be expected to attend lectures, seminars and tutorials as set out in the timetable for MSc students. These sometimes sit outside the regular pattern of university attendance and may include day, evening and weekend study and on occasion may fall outside the standard semester dates. You will also be expected to undertake independent study in preparation for lectures, seminars and assessments. 

The Presenting Science module offered by Techniquest (subject to availability in any given year) has limited places and involves presenting work to live audience including school children and the general public. As a result, there is an audition at the start of each year, at which students will be selected for the module. Those students who are not selected for this module will need to take an alternative module to complete their taught programme.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor and a nominated supervisor when undertaking your dissertation. Regular contact will be maintained across the duration of the course.

You will also have access to a programme convenor to offer additional subject-specific support.

Career prospects

This course is particularly suitable for those interested in pursuing careers in science communication, and the interface of scientific knowledge and the public domain. These include: policy research; political communication, public relations, government agencies; statutory and voluntary organisations; ‘think tanks’, museums and schools; and the mass media.

Some previous graduates have gone on to study for higher degrees, whilst others are, or have been, employed in museums, schools, advertising agencies, medical research charities, government department, NGOs, television companies and science communication organisations.



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Our MSc in Neuroimaging aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the human brain using advanced neuroimaging tools and techniques. Read more

Our MSc in Neuroimaging aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the human brain using advanced neuroimaging tools and techniques.

Overview

Our MSc Neuroimaging course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of a variety of neuroimaging techniques and their application to cognition and behaviour in health and disease. We welcome graduate students from a wide range of scientific backgrounds, including, but not limited to, psychology, engineering, physical and biological sciences.

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods and hands-on activities which will include lectures, journal clubs, workshops, computing sessions and lab classes – we pride ourselves on our level of contact time with you. Classes are led by international experts in both the methods and applications of neuroimaging. Depending on your background and interests, you may then choose to specialise in either methodology or applications-based research for your project.

You will be based in Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) which has recently been expanded with a £44M investment. This is one of only a handful of research-dedicated centres in the world that contain multiple neuroimaging techniques in one building. You will have access to a wide range of equipment, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG, including EEG sleep labs) and Brain Stimulation (TMS/TDCS).

The course aims to put you in a competitive position for a PhD studentship or research position in neuroimaging.

Distinctive features

  • Based in Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), a world leading centre of its kind.
  • Taught by international experts.
  • Course timetables which will reflect the variety of teaching methods, hand-on activities and high level of contact time you will experience.
  • Each year the School of Psychology offers several funded PhD positions to exceptional students including projects within CUBRIC.Graduates from this programme will be in a good position to apply for one of these competitively awarded places.
  • Opportunity for further learning opportunities by invites to seminars/events in related areas of interest organised from within CUBRIC, the School of Psychology and the wider University.
  • Learn about the principles of open science and how to write a registered report.
  • Cardiff University was ranked 2nd in the UK for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (REF 2014).

Learning and assessment

You will attend lectures, participate in seminars and tutorials, and gain experience in the MRI, MEG, EEG and TMS labs. Learners play the leading role in their own training. The School facilitates learning by identifying appropriate reading and organising practicals. Depending on their background and interests, students may then choose to specialise in either methodology or applications-based research, or a mixture of both, for their projects in Semester 3.

Career prospects

This course can prepare students for a range of career options, including:

  • A research and academic career in cognitive/clinical neuroscience or methods development
  • Industry applications such as research in pharma companies or neuro-marketing
  • Supporting the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques in healthcare environments.

Graduates in this programme will also be in a strong position to apply for PhD positions.



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The MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics has been designed to deliver thorough training and practical experience in compound semiconductor theory, fabrication and applications, and integration with silicon technology. Read more

The MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics has been designed to deliver thorough training and practical experience in compound semiconductor theory, fabrication and applications, and integration with silicon technology.

Overview

The MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics has been designed to deliver thorough training and practical experience in compound semiconductor theory, fabrication, applications, and integration with silicon technology.

The programme is delivered by the School of Engineering in collaboration with the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS). The ICS is an exciting new development at the cutting edge of compound semiconductor technology. The Institute has been established as a founding member of the Compound Semiconductor Cluster, which also includes companies such as IQE plc, SPTS and Newport Wafer Fab, to capitalise on the existing expertise at Cardiff University and to move academic research to a point where it can be introduced reliably and quickly into the production environment. It is a unique facility in the UK, and aims to create a global hub for compound semiconductor technology research, development and innovation.

Our flexible curriculum contains a robust set of required modules and a number of cutting-edge elective modules, which include the latest results, innovations and techniques and are designed to incorporate the most effective teaching and learning techniques.

As part of the course you will undertake a 3 month summer project which will be based either in the School of Engineering, within the ICS, or in placement with one of our industrial partners. We have strong, long-established industrial links with companies such as IQE and are therefore in a unique position to be able to offer a portfolio of theoretical, practical, fabrication and applications-centred projects in both academic and industrial placement environments. No other Russell Group university can offer such opportunities in this field.

Upon graduation, you will have the training, skillsets and hands-on experience you need to succeed in the dynamic and highly competitive field of compound semiconductors.

Distinctive features

  • Cardiff University’s unique position at the forefront of compound semiconductor technology will provide you with the opportunity to develop experience and build contacts with a range of leading companies and organisations
  • This programme will provide you with the skillsets necessary to take advantage of emerging employment opportunities within the growing national and international compound semiconductor sector.
  • We offer a range of specialist modules that give you the opportunity to tailor the programme to the particular industry or sector of interest to you. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with students on other related programmes, gain exposure to new fields, and even develop new business opportunities through our Commercialising Innovation module. 
  • We encourage a “research group” atmosphere within which you’ll be given the opportunity to work together, across disciplines, to enhance each other’s learning and be a vital part of our thriving, international scientific community.

Learning and assessment

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum.

Lectures can take a variety of forms depending on the subject material being taught. Generally, lectures are used to convey concepts, contextualise research activities in the School and to demonstrate key theoretical, conceptual and mathematical methods.

You will practice and develop critique, reflective, analytical and presentational skills by participating in diverse learning activities such as research group meetings, seminars and open group discussions. At all times you will be encouraged to reflect on what you have learned and how it can be combined with other techniques and concepts to tackle novel problems.

In the practical laboratory sessions, you will put the breadth of your knowledge and skills to use, whether that be using your coding skills to automate a laboratory experiment, designing components for a large piece of equipment or troubleshooting research hardware. The emphasis on the MSc in Compound Semiconductor Electronics is squarely on acquiring and demonstrating practical skills which will be of use in a research environment and hence highly sought-after by employers.

When working on your dissertation you will be allocated a supervisor from among our teaching staff. Dissertation topics are typically chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff, usually in areas of current research interest, although students are encouraged to put forward their own project ideas. Projects may also come forward from potential employers and industrial partners who may be able to offer work-based placements for the duration of the project work.

Career prospects

An MSc in Compound Semiconductor Electronics will open up opportunities in the following areas:

  • Technical, research, development and engineering positions in industrial compound semiconductors, silicon semiconductors and advanced communication systems;
  • Theoretical, experimental and instrumentational doctoral research;
  • Numerate, technical, research, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields;
  • Physics, mathematics and general science education.

Cardiff University’s unique position at the forefront of compound semiconductor technology will provide you with the opportunity to develop experience and build contacts with a range of leading companies and organisations.



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These are interprofessional, e-Learning courses intended for any healthcare professional who has an interest in and/or wants to specialise in the field of pain management in primary and community care. Read more

These are interprofessional, e-Learning courses intended for any healthcare professional who has an interest in and/or wants to specialise in the field of pain management in primary and community care.

Overview

The MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) is an inter-professional, e-learning course intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or a wish to specialise in the field of Pain Management, within the area of Primary and Community Care. In addition, 3 of our modules can be studied on a stand-alone basis to provide any healthcare professional with an introduction to Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice, a Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management and / or Quality and Safety. Details for these are provided within the Stand Alone module information area (MET257, MET500 and MET275). 

The aim is to help students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in their area of expertise and or interest within the field of Pain Assessment and Management in the Primary and Community Care setting. This is however, undertaken within a broader context, which allows the student to understand their level of expertise and knowledge base and how it fits into inter-professional practice and pain management as a whole.

Every applicant has to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) year first. Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Certificate, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip). Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Diploma, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Diploma award or they can apply to undertake the MSc.

Each course runs over nine months. The Postgraduate Certificate course starts with a two-week introductory period to enable you to familiarise yourself with the course and e-learning. The course team offer support Monday – Friday (9am -5pm) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. 

Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.

Distinctive features

  • Inter-professional plus e-learning
  • Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course, which are delivered via e-learning format through Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central. The course consists of a number of compulsory modules and sub-topics where the student has a choice. A variety of media is used to deliver the content:

  • Written modules
  • Voice over PowerPoint presentations
  • Talking heads
  • Presentations
  • Interactive modules.

Dissertation topics are chosen by the student, but have to be approved by the programme team, on behalf of the chair of the postgraduate taught Board of Studies.

Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods, completed as part of the postgraduate certificate course, will be available online during the dissertation stage, via Cardiff University’s online learning platform, Learning Central.

How will I be supported?

The taught modules of the course are delivered entirely as distance-learning via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central, where you will find course materials, links to related materials, assessments and discussion boards.

Group and individual video tutorials are available to support you throughout your studies.

Students are encouraged to make regular contribution through the discussion boards on Learning Central, where they will be supported by the programme team and a panel of experts. Students will be able to plan and reflect on their learning through their own personal blog.

You will be allocated a personal supervisor during the dissertation period. They will give written feedback on dissertation drafts and provide you with the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have.

Career prospects

This programme is aimed at those who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).

This programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to improve their knowledge of pain management in order to help improve patient care, in the primary and community care setting. Successful completion of this programme will add value to your CV. Graduates have reported that it led directly to new job opportunities in pain management.



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The MSc Archaeological Science will provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and application of scientific principles and techniques within archaeology. Read more

The MSc Archaeological Science will provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and application of scientific principles and techniques within archaeology.

Overview

The MSc Archaeological Science will provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and application of scientific principles and techniques within archaeology. The programme also develops critical, analytical and transferable skills that prepare you for professional, academic and research careers in the exciting and rapidly advancing area of archaeological science or in non-cognate fields.

The programme places the study of the human past at the centre of archaeological science enquiry. This is achieved through a combination of science and self-selected thematic or period-based modules allowing you to situate your scientific training within the archaeological context(s) of your choice. The programme provides a detailed understanding of the foundations of analytical techniques, delivers practical experience in their application and data processing, and the ability to design and communicate research that employs scientific analyses to address archaeological questions. Upon graduation you will have experience of collecting, analysing and reporting on data to publication standard and ideally equipped to launch your career as a practising archaeological scientist.

Distinctive features

The MSc Archaeological Science at Cardiff University gives you access to:

  • A flexible and responsive programme that combines training in scientific enquiry, expertise and vocational skills with thematic and period-focused archaeology. 
  • Materials, equipment, library resources and funding to undertake meaningful research in partnership with a wide range of key heritage organisations across an international stage.
  • A programme with core strengths in key fields of archaeological science, tailored to launch your career in the discipline or to progress to doctoral research.
  • A department where the science, theory and practice of archaeology and conservation converge to create a unique environment for exploring the human past. 
  • Staff with extensive professional experience in researching, promoting, publishing, and integrating archaeological science across academic and commercial archaeology and the wider heritage sector.
  • An energetic team responsible for insights into iconic sites (e.g. Stonehenge, Çatalhöyük), tackling key issues in human history (e.g. hunting, farming, food, and feasts) through the development and application of innovative science (e.g. isotopes, residue analysis, DNA, proteomics)
  • A unique training in science communication at every level - from preparing conference presentations and journal articles, to project reports, press releases and public engagement, our training ensures you can transmit the excitement of scientific enquiry to diverse audiences.
  • Support for your future career ambitions. From further study to science advisors to specialists – our graduates work across the entire spectrum of archaeological science as well as moving into other successful careers.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching is delivered via lectures, laboratory sessions, interactive workshops and tutorials, in addition to visits to relevant local resources such as the National Museum Wales and local heritage organisations.

Lectures take a range of forms but generally provide a broad structure for each subject, an introduction to key concepts and relevant up-to-date information. The Archaeological Science Master's provides students with bespoke training in scientific techniques during laboratory sessions. This includes developing practical skills in the identification, recording and analysis of archaeological materials during hands on laboratory sessions. These range from macroscopic e.g. bone identification, to microscopic e.g. material identification or status with light based or scanning electron microscopy, to sample selection, preparation and analysis e.g. isotopic or aDNA and include health and safety and laboratory management skills. Students will be able to develop specialist practical skills in at least one area of study. In workshops and seminars, you will have the opportunity to discuss themes or topics, to receive and consolidate feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation.

This programme is based within the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and taught by academic staff from across Cardiff University and by external speakers. All taught modules within the Programme are compulsory and you are expected to attend all lectures, laboratory sessions and other timetabled sessions. Students will receive supervision to help them complete the dissertation, but are also expected to engage in considerable independent study.

How will I be supported?

All Modules within the Programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which students will find course materials and links to related materials. Students will be supervised when undertaking their dissertation. Supervision will include scheduled regular meetings to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance; and provide written feedback on draft dissertation contents.

Career prospects

After successfully completing this MSc, you should have a broad spectrum of knowledge and a variety of skills, making you highly attractive both to potential employers and research establishments. You will be able to pursue a wide range of professional careers, within commercial and academic archaeology and the wider heritage sector. Career paths will generally be specialist and will depend on the choice of modules. Graduates will be well placed to pursue careers as a specialist in isotope analysis, zooarchaeological analysis or human osteoarchaeology. They will also be in a position to apply for general laboratory based work and archaeological fieldwork. Working within science communication and management are other options. Potential employers include archaeological units, museums, universities, heritage institutions, Historic England and Cadw. Freelance or self-employment career routes are also common for animal and human bone analysts with postgraduate qualifications.

The archaeology department has strong links and collaborations across the heritage sector and beyond. British organisations that staff currently work with include Cadw, Historic England, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, National Museum Wales, the British Museum, the Welsh archaeological trusts and a range of other archaeology units (e.g. Wessex Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology, Cambridge Archaeology Unit, Archaeology Wales). In addition, staff are involved with archaeological research across the world. You will be encouraged to become involved in these collaborations via research projects and placements to maximise networking opportunities and increasing your employability.



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The Master’s in Public Health programme is multi-disciplinary and trans-professional in both its content and the students it generally attracts. Read more

The Master’s in Public Health programme is multi-disciplinary and trans-professional in both its content and the students it generally attracts. The MPH has been run successfully in Cardiff since 1989 and has a national and international reputation.

Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) course aims to deliver high quality, integrated, multi-disciplinary learning for leadership and problem-solving across the broad field of public health. 

It is a required course for public health trainees in Wales preparing for the examination for membership of the Faculty of Public Health, for whom a supplementary course is available.

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge to:

  • Quantitatively and qualitatively assess the population’s health and health needs, including the determinants and status of health and well-being and development of effective action.
  • Critically assess the evidence relating to the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services.
  • Promote the health of populations by influencing lifestyle and socio-economic, physical and cultural environment through methods of health promotion, including health education.
  • Protect the public’s health from communicable and environmental hazards.
  • Collect, generate, synthesise, appraise, analyse, interpret and communicate intelligence that measures the health status, risks, needs and health outcomes of defined populations.

Full-time students take core and specialty modules concurrently. To gain the Master’s qualification, all students then undertake a dissertation on a suitable public health topic.

Distinctive features

  • Multi-disciplinary and trans-professional in both its content and the students it attracts. 
  • The programme is the product of a collaboration between academic partners and the NHS including the Schools of Medicine and Social Science at Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Swansea University, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, and Public Health England.
  • The MPH has been run successfully in Cardiff since 1989 and has a national and international reputation. The course is designed to fit closely with the syllabus of the UK Faculty of Public Health and to take account of the changing nature of public health practice globally.
  • Required course for public health trainees in Wales preparing for the examination for membership of the Faculty of Public Health, for whom a supplementary course is available.

Learning and assessment

Each module involves face-to-face sessions delivered as lead lectures followed by a small group teaching exercises or practical sessions and several are supported by online learning materials.

Statistical methodology is taught alongside Stata, a software package used to compute statistics. This enables participants to learn theoretical concepts and their application.

The communication of ideas and team work are an integral part of all modules, and form a part of the formative assessments in all modules. Promotion of basic IT skills is integrated into modules and learning technology support is available to those who need it.

Each module has its own learning outcomes. These outcomes are achieved through such means as recommended reading texts, self-directed learning and self-assessed tasks, formative and summative assignments and the final dissertation.

Feedback is provided throughout the modules via formative exercises and class interaction. Formative assessment is through practical exercises and class presentations and written feedback is provided. Feedback is also provided on summative assessments, and where appropriate through on-line discussion boards and simulation exercises.

Studies at MPH dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online via Cardiff University’s online learning platform, Learning Central.

Career prospects

The course helps students in their preparation for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part A examinations, enabling graduates to pursue professional careers in public health as well as a wide range of other careers, including postgraduate research.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. The programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme but studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.



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This programme is designed for GPs, pharmacists and specialist nurses who wish to further develop their knowledge of the evidence-based management of commonly encountered medical conditions. Read more

This programme is designed for GPs, pharmacists and specialist nurses who wish to further develop their knowledge of the evidence-based management of commonly encountered medical conditions.

Overview

The MSc in Therapeutics is designed for medical practitioners, pharmacists, specialist nurses, and others who wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of common therapeutic problems. 

The course aims to equip you with a sound understanding of the management of common medical conditions and to develop skills in evidence-based medicine. Graduates would be expected to gain the skills and expertise necessary to become the ‘local therapeutics expert’.

The course arises from a leading research centre and aims to encourage critical thinking and to equip students not only with practical and factual knowledge, but also provide a basic approach to therapeutic problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in dealing with future advances in therapy.

The MSc involves a research dissertation and is open to students who have successfully completed the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutics to an acceptable standard.

Distinctive features

  • Problem orientated, evidence-based learning specifically designed to be of direct relevance to practice.
  • Distance-learning, delivered entirely online. You can choose when and where to study, at home, at work or on the move.
  • Targeted fortnightly reading guided by aims and outcomes for the period.
  • Audio interviews and presentations are available to download.
  • We are also recognised as a major research centre. Advances in therapeutics have been pioneered in Cardiff, including methods for optimal use of anticoagulants, antiarrhythmic drugs and anticonvulsants.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online via Cardiff University’s online learning platform, Learning Central™.

How will I be supported?

All students are allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who you can contact to discuss progress and who will provide advice and guidance as needed. 

A project supervisor will be allocated to advise, support and provide formative feedback on conducting and writing up your dissertation. Formative feedback will be communicated through electronic and written means in a timely manner. Summative feedback on assessment will be delivered within the timeframe set by the University.

Career prospects

This programme is aimed at those who have completed the Diploma in Therapeutics and wish to complete a research project or literature review to expand their academic knowledge on the subject.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.



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This programme is designed for doctors, pharmacists and other scientists who wish to develop a broad understanding of the principles underlying medical toxicology. Read more

This programme is designed for doctors, pharmacists and other scientists who wish to develop a broad understanding of the principles underlying medical toxicology.

Overview

This MSc in Medical Toxicology is a part-time distance learning course for medical personnel. It is particularly designed for clinical pharmacologists in training, specialist trainees in accident and emergency medicine or acute medicine and other disciplines, and those intending to enter or already working in the pharmaceutical industry.

It is also designed for those working in poisons centres, for health professionals, including hospital and community pharmacists and for those with a degree in Life Sciences or other individuals seeking a career in the government regulatory bodies or the pharmaceutical or chemical industry.

The course is available to a selected number of candidates, who have successfully completed our postgraduate diploma in Medical Toxicology to an acceptable standard. 

The course aims to:

  • Introduce you to the broad principles underlying medical toxicology.
  • seek to integrate an understanding of the mechanisms by which drugs and other chemicals produce toxic effects and how these can be predicted, treated and whenever possible, prevented.

A key aim of the teaching programme is to encourage critical thinking, as we aim to equip you with practical and factual knowledge and also provide a basic approach to toxicological problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in the future.

Distinctive features

The distance learning format helps candidates to complete requirements in their own time. The topic usually depends on the local workplace and relates to the improvement of existing services.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online via Cardiff University’s online learning platform, Learning Central™.

How will I be supported?

The course is entirely delivered as a distance-learning course via Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessments.

All students are allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who you can contact to discuss progress and to provide advice and guidance as needed.

Career and prospects

This programme is aimed at those who have completed the Diploma in Medical Toxicology and wish to complete a research project or literature review to expand their academic knowledge on the subject.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.



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This is an interprofessional, e-Learning course intended for healthcare professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. Read more

This is an interprofessional, e-Learning course intended for healthcare professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. It is also aimed at educationalists, to provide the appropriate knowledge and expertise on pain, to teach others from various disciplines.

Overview

The MSc Degree in Pain Management is an inter-professional, e-learning programme intended for health care professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. It is also aimed at educationalists to provide the appropriate knowledge and expertise on pain to teach others from various disciplines. In addition, 3 of our modules can be studied on a stand-alone basis to provide any healthcare professional with an introduction to Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice, Foundation in Evidence Based Pain Management and / or Quality and Safety. Details for these are provided within the Stand Alone module information area (MET257, MET500 and MET287).

Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.

This two-year course begins by introducing you to the multifaceted nature of caring for patients who have pain. The modules are designed to provide you with the ability to understand the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and to evaluate the various approaches to assessing and managing patients in pain. Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, will be covered. The course is suitable for the needs of primary, secondary and tertiary care professionals.

E-learning assessment strategies enable students to focus on their areas of interest and are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice and professional base.

Approximately 40 places are offered each year and the majority of students are self-funded, though some obtain awards from charities and trusts. The course takes two years to complete inclusive of the dissertation component (nine months for the postgraduate certificate stage; nine months for the postgraduate diploma stage and a further six months for the dissertation stage).

There are no residential components in this course as it is purely e-learning - so there is no requirement to travel to Cardiff for course purposes. 

Available Funding

We have been very fortunate in obtaining substantial bursaries from Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited. If you would like to enquire about a 50% bursary for the 2018/9 sessional module fees, please contact the programme team at , before you apply.

Distinctive features

  • Inter-professional plus e-learning.
  • The first postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Pain Management course to be developed.
  • Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
  • Suitable for primary, secondary and tertiary care.
  • A new primary care pathway is available within the MSc Pain Management to reflect the move of chronic pain services closer to people’s homes and this is facilitated and managed by an inter-professional, expert primary care faculty including leading GPs with a special interest in pain within the UK.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course, which is delivered via e-learning format through Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central The course consists of a number of compulsory modules and sub-topics where you have a choice. 

A variety of media is used to deliver the content:

  • Written modules
  • Voice over PowerPoint presentations
  • Talking heads
  • Presentations
  • Interactive modules.

Dissertation topics are chosen by the student, but have to be approved by the programme team, on behalf of the Chair of the postgraduate taught Board of Studies.

Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online via Learning Central.

How will I be supported?

The course is delivered entirely as distance-learning via Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, where you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessments, discussion boards, announcements, Turnitin and Gradecentre.

All modules make extensive use of this VLE (Learning Central), through which you will find all the course material. Students are encouraged to make regular contribution through the discussion boards on Learning Central, where they will be supported by the programme team and a panel of experts. Students will be able to plan and reflect on their learning through their own personal blog.

All students are allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who will be in regular contact to discuss progress and to provide advice and guidance as needed. Extensive written feedback is given on all assessments.

Career prospects

Successful completion of this programme will add value to your CV. Graduates have reported that it led directly to promotion, and many were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.



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This multidisciplinary programme is designed for healthcare professionals wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of patients with non-curable and terminal illness. Read more

This multidisciplinary programme is designed for healthcare professionals wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of patients with non-curable and terminal illness.

Overview

The MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals provides high quality distance education for clinicians working with neonates, children and adults in many different settings in all parts of the world. At the core of its design and delivery is the desire to improve patient outcomes wherever palliative care is practiced by its students and to enhance the quality of palliative care through research and quality improvement. 

Using the palliative care approach as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHO 2014) is an increasingly important imperative for health care professionals throughout the world in order to meet the palliative care needs of their populations. Although cancer as a burden of disease remains an issue globally, there are rising numbers of patients, including neonates and children, with palliative care needs from other conditions. These include learning disability, dementia, frailty and elderly people with multiple co-morbidities.  

The vision of the course is to improve patient care by delivering accessible education through which we aim to support health-care professionals to develop, share and extend their knowledge, understanding and application of evidence based medicine, best practice and governance frameworks in palliative care appropriate to their own professional settings.  

The taught stages (years 1 and 2) cover the core understanding, frameworks, challenges and research evidence relevant to optimising and developing the practice of palliative medicine and palliative care. The MSc (year 3) provides the opportunity for students to identify an issue of importance in their own practice and carry out an evidence based project intended to contribute to knowledge and practice in palliative medicine and palliative care. 

Distinctive features

The course covers the palliative care needs of patients regardless of diagnosis, recognising the global need for palliative care knowledge and skills.

Our online course materials include interactive quizzes, reading materials, audio podcasts and short video clips to widen access to learning and make it more engaging. The course work offers a variety of assessments enabling you to demonstrate the application of knowledge gained into your own practice and particular work setting. 

Since 1989 we have aimed to recruit and deliver education to the global palliative care community. Alumni of the course have held such positions as the National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS England, the CEO of Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and have developed and lead palliative care globally (for example, Bosnia, South Africa, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Nepal). The international conference held in Cardiff in 2014 (‘Cardiff 25’) marked these achievements.

Learning and assessment

This is a blended learning programme incorporating short face-to-face components but is predominantly delivered though distance-learning via Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where students will find course materials, links to related resources and assessments.

Each taught module will be delivered by distance learning over a period of normally 12 weeks. Online teaching and support is also available during the MSc stage. Learning materials relating to the syllabus will be available for students to study in preparation for completing assessments designed to enable students to demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes of the module.

At the beginning of each academic year on the programme, there will be a face-to-face interactive course of normally up to 5 working days. All students are required to attend this component each year. Whilst students enrolled on the Cardiff University MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Professionals are not charged an attendance fee for the face-to-face component, students are expected to fund all other costs of attending including their own travel, accommodation, subsistence and any other personal expenses. The face to face component will take place in Cardiff, UK unless otherwise published. The face to face components provide an opportunity to meet the staff and other students and are designed to support learning through various means including talks, workshops/exercises and peer discussion. They are a valuable aspect of the programme encouraging group and peer support for learning so as to enhance the learning experience.

Throughout the taught stages there are opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding through a variety of means including independent study, reflective practice, peer discussion, workshops and tasks/exercises, communication skills practice and self-assessment, reviewing learning materials and lectures (podcasts). 

During the face-to-face component we take the opportunity to introduce concepts that are not easily taught through a VLE, including communication skills sessions facilitated by experienced tutors in small groups, offering a chance to practice these skills.

Each module has its own learning outcomes. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate they have met these learning outcomes via the formative and summative assessments contained within each module. The teaching and learning material presented in the online and face-to-face components is aligned with the learning outcomes to support students’ learning. 

Career prospects

This programme is suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of palliative medicine in order to help improve patient care.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.



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As a practitioner looking for a specialist qualification in sports physiotherapy, this MSc will enable you to develop your knowledge of sports science and injuries, as well as your critical thinking skills, in order to further your career within your specialist profession. Read more

As a practitioner looking for a specialist qualification in sports physiotherapy, this MSc will enable you to develop your knowledge of sports science and injuries, as well as your critical thinking skills, in order to further your career within your specialist profession.

Overview

This well-established full-time MSc Sport & Exercise Physiotherapy course aims to develop sports physiotherapy practitioners to work at a specialist level within their field.

The course is suited to individuals working in a wide variety of sectors that involve managing people with sport or exercise related injuries, whether at high performance sport level or in a physiotherapy clinic. A minimum of two years clinical experience is required.

The curriculum was designed in collaboration with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) and international organisations such as the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSP). It is designed to help you develop towards ACPSM Gold standard level, using competencies defined by IFSPT, as well as developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours that could help you further your career within sport and exercise.

The course aims to develop your evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase your practical and theoretical knowledge of sports science and injury, so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your career.

Full-time students undertake the taught modules in one academic year and then have up to a further six months to complete the dissertation.

Distinctive features

  • We are ranked in the top 10 in the country for physiotherapy, and are well known for our expertise within the sports physiotherapy specialist area.
  • Graduates of the MSc will have achieved the theoretical requirements of the Gold level Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine certificate.
  • The course was designed with input from national organisations such as the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) and international organisations such as the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT).
  • The programme is delivered flexibly, enabling you to pursue a professional career in sport while studying part-time, or to take a career break and complete on a full-time basis.
  • Course content focuses on the acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, group discussions and practical sessions. All content will be supported by online material through the Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central to facilitate self-study, which is particularly useful for students living and working away from Cardiff. Self-study contributes to approximately 75% of the notional learning hours.

At the dissertation stage of the MSc, you are also required to undertake a research project involving data collection and some degree of originality.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas will enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.

Career prospects

The course is designed to help you develop towards Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise (ACPSM) Gold standard level, using competencies defined by International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSP).

The knowledge, skills and behaviours you will develop during your MSc will provide the ideal foundation on which to build your career in sports and exercise physiotherapy.

Nnaemeka ANOZIE (Chris) is from Nigeria. Following graduation, he is now the physiotherapist for the Nigerian National Football Team. He has travelled all over the world with this team and was in Rio Olympics 2016

"The team have put an MSc programme together that created an environment which gives an in-depth insight into sports physiotherapy, and so prepared me to fulfil my ambition to work in professional sport. The programme allowed supported learning supplemented by expert guest lecturers who shared their experience and knowledge. I learned how to recognise my personal areas of strengths and weakness in order to direct my own learning, a skill that has been invaluable in ensuring I continually learn and develop in the highly competitive environment of professional sport.

Coming to Cardiff and doing the MSc in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy was a great experience. My critical appraisal mind sharpened, clinical reasoning broadened and understanding deepened. I would encourage all to come to Cardiff University, the citadel of great learning."



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An MSc degree for those looking to equip themselves with a range of in-demand skills for extracting and handling ‘big data’, discovering meaningful patterns from data and applying modelling tools to help businesses and government organisations make better decisions. Read more

An MSc degree for those looking to equip themselves with a range of in-demand skills for extracting and handling ‘big data’, discovering meaningful patterns from data and applying modelling tools to help businesses and government organisations make better decisions.

Overview

Our MSc in Data Science and Analytics aims to provide you with a comprehensive set of skills needed to handle, collect, store and analyse large and complex sets of data. You will be taught by subject experts from both the School of Mathematics and the School of Computer Science and Informatics, which will allow you to see the topic from different perspectives and provides access to a wide range of modules across both Schools.

Throughout the course you will develop data handling and extraction skills, programming skills, machine learning and informatics skills, and problem solving and modelling skills. You will undertake case studies and project work which will give you the opportunity to put your skills into practice and provides valuable experience of working in the field. The dissertation project, typically undertaken with an industrial partner, will allow you to work with complex data in a creative manner and a problem-solving environment, as well as to communicate your ideas and findings effectively.

This programme is available on a one year full-time basis.

Distinctive features

  • A three-stage degree with exit points at PG Certificate, PG Diploma and Master’s level, allowing you to go into as much depth as you like.
  • Available on a one year full-time basis.
  • Acquire transferable data science and analytics skills that are highly sought after in a broad range of sectors.
  • Learn from experts across the Schools of Mathematics and Computer Science and Informatics, and related University research groups specialising in various applications of data science and analytics, for example the Data Innovation Research Institute, Social Data Science Lab, and Health Modelling Centre Cymru.
  • Gain valuable work experience; we have some placement opportunities available with industrial partners in the UK and abroad.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials.

Programming skills and the use of relevant software packages will be taught in our dedicated computer suites. We often invite industry experts to give presentations, which our students are welcome to attend.

We will allocate three supervisors to you for your dissertation project. Usually your supervisors will be two members of academic staff with an interest or specialism in your field of research and a sponsor supervisor from the organisation you will work with during your project. You should meet regularly with your supervisor throughout your project.

How will I be supported?

All of our students are allocated a personal tutor when they enrol on the course. A personal tutor is there to support you during your studies, and can advise you on academic and personal matters that may be affecting you. You should have regular meetings with your personal tutor to ensure that you are fully supported.

You will have access to the Trevithick Library, which holds our collection of mathematical and computer science-related resources, as well as to the other Cardiff University Libraries.

We will provide you with a copy of the Student Handbook, which contains details of each School’s policies and procedures. We also support students through the University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central, where you can ask questions in a forum or find course-related documents.

Cardiff University also offers a wide range of support services which are open to our students, such as the Graduate Centre, counselling and wellbeing, financial and careers advisors, the international office and the Student Union.

Career prospects

Data is increasingly cheap and ubiquitous, and is being collected on a massive scale. There is a significant and growing demand for professionals who can work efficiently and effectively with handling such complex and sizeable data and to extract insights to help inform decision-making. The skills you gain during the programme will equip you for graduate roles in this field. This new MSc programme enhances the already well-established related postgraduate taught programmes that the School of Mathematics offers, and is expected to be as successful in the recruiting of our graduates. Previous postgraduates have gone on to work with a variety of companies and Government organisations including the Office for National Statistics, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, British Airways, Network Rail, UK Government, The Financial Times, Virgin Media, Welsh Water and Admiral Insurance.

If you prefer to continue on a more academic career pathway, you may choose to continue your studies with a PhD.



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