This Sustainable and Efficient Food Production postgraduate course centres on increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact within the extensive pasture-based production sector. The programme provides flexible, accessible, postgraduate level training for people employed in the agri-food sector. Training comprises distance learning modules and work-based research projects. These are accessible as CPD or as credit-bearing units, which can be built towards a range of postgraduate qualifications.
Taught by experts at both Aberystwyth University (AU) and Bangor University (BU), the Sustainable and Efficient Food Production course offers you a highly vocational option. In the most recent joint submission to the Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014), the department was placed in the top 10 universities in the UK for research intensity and 78% of our research was world-leading or internationally excellent.
To achieve an MSc students must complete five optional modules (including up to three from BU) plus Research Methods and a Dissertation.
Two to five years to complete a full MSc. 14 weeks for one module by distance learning Three intakes per year (January, May, September). Students will be eligible for a UK Student Loan if the course is completed in 3 years.
Optional modules - Choose any 5 from:
We have designed our training to be as accessible as possible, particularly for those in full time employment. Each topic comprises a 12-14 week distance learning module worth 20 credits which can be taken for your own continuing professional development or interest; or built towards a postgraduate qualification. The research elements of our qualifications are carried out in your work place with regular academic supervision. The training is web-based which means that as long as you have access to a reasonable broadband connection (i.e. are able to stream videos such as on YouTube), you can study where and when best suits you. Learning material includes podcast lectures, e-group projects, guided reading, interactive workbooks and discussion forums, as well as assignments and e-tutorials. By signing a re-registration form each year you will have access to e-journals and library resources for the full five years.
There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via course work and forum discussion.
This scheme aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and industry. Students must complete three taught modules including research methods and a 120 credit work-based dissertation / research thesis (approximately 20,000 words in length).
While the primary academic focus is on the completion of an advanced piece of research, the collaborative route provided by a work-based research project provides an ideal opportunity to embed new knowledge in the work place and ensure that research is relevant to industry. As such, it is crucial that a student’s employer is supportive of both their research aims and the time commitment that the proposed research will involve. Self-employed students should aim to undertake research which will be closely aligned to their business.
Students may build on the MRes to work towards a Professional Doctorate.
An MRes can be completed in 2-5 years but we would expect most students to spend 1 year on their taught modules and 2 years on their work based dissertation. 12 or 14 weeks for one module by distance learning. Three intakes per year (January, May, September).
Students will be eligible for a UK Student loan if their course is completed within 3 years.
MRes Research Project
The MRes comprises three taught modules (including Research Methodologies and Advances in Bioscience) followed by a 120 credit work-based dissertation (20,000 words).
We have designed our training to be as accessible as possible, particularly for those in full time employment. Each taught module comprises a 12 or 14 week distance learning module worth 20 credits which can be taken for your own continuing professional development or interest; or built towards a postgraduate qualification. The research elements of our qualifications are carried out in your work place with regular academic supervision. The training is web-based which means that as long as you have access to a reasonable broadband connection (i.e. are able to stream videos such as on YouTube), you can study where and when best suits you. Learning material includes podcast lectures, e-group projects, guided reading, interactive workbooks and discussion forums, as well as assignments and e-tutorials. By signing a re-registration form each year you will have access to e-journals and library resources for the duration of your registration.
There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via course work and forum discussion. Research is monitored and assessed.
This part-time online programme allows you to learn more about digital technologies and education, and how technology can support learning in different settings – all while balancing your studies with your work and personal life.
Aimed at people currently using digital technology in education, the programme focuses on theoretical, professional and practical applications of digital technology. You’ll have the chance to explore microworlds and constructivism, collaborative learning, tutoring systems and more. You’ll also analyse research and development in the field of technology-enhanced learning.
While you study, you’ll gain practical experience of e-learning through using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you’ll meet and discuss your research with people working around the world.
Please be aware that this is not an IT skills training course. We will expect you to have basic IT skills such as word processing, email and using the internet before you start the programme.
This programme is also available to study as a full-time, Leeds-based programme over 12 months.
From the beginning of the programme you’ll take core modules that lay the foundations of your studies. In your first year you’ll consider the relationships between learning theories and digital technologies and how software applications can be used for modelling, role play, tutoring systems and other purposes. You’ll expand on this in Year Two as you think about key issues and debates in digital learning and digital technology as a whole, both in the classroom and in society as a whole.
You’ll also develop specialist knowledge when you select from optional modules in each year – you could focus on digital learning environments, language learning through technology and more. If you’re able to attend classes in Leeds, you could even choose one optional module from across the School of Education on topics from educational research to developmental disorders.
Throughout your final year, you’ll also work on your critical study – a major piece of independent research which allows you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained. You’ll work closely with your academic supervisor, who will guide you through your research.
To give you hands-on experience of online learning, the programme is taught online. You’ll be provided with online ‘lectures’ in written and audio formats with additional reading material and activities, and you’ll discuss your reading with other students in our forum. You’ll also have online seminars with a choice of times to accommodate people living in different time zones and with varying work schedules.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods to help you develop different skills. These will include your contribution to online discussions as well as essays, projects and project reports, presentations and reflective logs to allow you to evaluate your own learning and practice.
Some modules can be assessed by exam if you would prefer. You can either come to Leeds to sit them here, or pay a separate fee to the British Council to sit the exam in a local British Council Office.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
This flexible MSc course provides an opportunity for podiatrists to develop their own programme of study at master’s level when studying from their own home or work base. It does not lead to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
This innovative course will allow you to choose from a range of modules to develop your own master’s qualification, or to customise the course content in response to modern day podiatry practice, keeping you up to date with the latest developments and improving your career prospects.
The course can be studied at a time most suitable for you, through a distance e-learning route with tutor support and no requirement to attend QMU.
Distance e-learning modules will be taught using QMU’s virtual learning environment which requires access to the internet at a time most suitable to you. The virtual learning environment will be used to deliver course content, group tutorial discussion, tutor support and course work assignment submissions. Your performance will be assessed by coursework assignments, however, some modules require an examination. Class sizes are usually less than 15 students.
Course content will depend on the module size. Single modules worth 15 credits will run for a shorter time, usually 3 to 4 months, whereas double modules, which are worth 30 credits, will run for approximately 6 months. Double modules will begin in September and single modules can begin in either September or January.
The Pharmacology for Podiatrists module has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council for annotation on their professional register.
There are two routes to choose from:
Distance e-learning route
Compulsory Modules: Research Methods (30 credits)/ Research Project (60 credits) You should also study 90 credits from the following: Current Developments (30 credits)/ Tissue Viability (30 credits)/ The Ageing Foot (30 credits)/ Management of Diabetes and its Complications (30 credits)/ Evaluation of Diabetes and Developing Practice (15 credits)/ Digital Literacies (15 credits)/ Pharmacology for Podiatrists (15 credits)/ Developing Professional Practice Work-Based Learning (15, 30 or 45 credits) / Diabetes: Pathology, Physiology and it’s Complications (30 credits)/ Epidemiology (15 credits)/ Podiatry Mechanics (15 credits)/ Medicine and Pathology (15 credits)
Customised route with own topic selection
Compulsory Modules: Research Methods (30 credits)/ Research Project (60 credits)/ Current Developments (30 credits)/ Developing Professional Practice Work Based Learning (45 credits)/ Digital Literacies (15 credits)
This course will help you incorporate your new-found skills and can contribute to continuing professional development. This course will also allow you to develop your own area of interest. An example of this has been a student who has developed an expertise in analysing the movement of the foot through the use of finite element modelling.