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The personal and professional future of every individual is increasingly marked by life-long learning. In such a context, there is a growing need to assess, on a regular basis, the learning potential and the skill and personality profiles of individuals. Read more

About the course

The personal and professional future of every individual is increasingly marked by life-long learning. In such a context, there is a growing need to assess, on a regular basis, the learning potential and the skill and personality profiles of individuals. The programme features key qualifications specific to the field of assessment by focusing on quantitative research methods to assess the learning potential, skills and personality profiles of individuals.

Aims

As a student, you will acquire:

• theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary to devise scholarly assessment studies;
• skills to develop, select and apply assessment tools;
• develop transferable skills (data analysis; report-writing; oral presentation, etc.)
• statistical and methodological knowledge and expertise required to process and interpret data;
• high-level skills in implementing and applying mechanisms, whether in cognitive assessment, academic learning, professional skills or personality evaluation.

Course modules

• Psychological concepts and their relations to evaluation and assessment
• Measurement models
• Measurement tools
• Statistical tools
• Applied testing
• 10-week internship

Career

Students are prepared for a career in human resources departments, assessment centres and initial and continuing training centres.

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The MSc in Educational Assessment is an International Postgraduate Programme that has been developed to meet the need for specialists in educational assessment within schools and more widely within the education system. Read more
The MSc in Educational Assessment is an International Postgraduate Programme that has been developed to meet the need for specialists in educational assessment within schools and more widely within the education system. The programme combines the expertise of two leading institutions in assessment, the School of Education and CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring). Students learn to construct and use tests, classroom assessments, interviews, school inspections and more. The programme is 'hands on'; candidates learn about the theory of assessment and the challenges associated with assessment, but there is also a strong focus on providing training into the conducting of assessment. Completion of the programme will enable you to apply for the status of Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA).

The programme aims to produce specialists who are well equipped to work in assessment within many areas of education. We want these specialists to have good knowledge and skills and be well prepared for the tasks they undertake. Specifically, the programme aims:

To develop knowledge and awareness of the importance and many roles of assessment in education, and to enable students to engage with debate and to reflect on how to meet the challenges of effective educational assessment;
To equip students with knowledge, understanding and relevant skills that will help them develop, deliver and analyse assessment at all levels of education, and to facilitate further research and scholarship in this important field.
Having effective assessment is a common challenge to any educational system. Looking around the world, we also find that trends in assessment, such as the drive towards assessment for learning and computer-based assessment, are mostly international rather than local phenomena. The techniques and understanding achieved from the MSc in Educational Assessment, for this reason, are relevant to most nations. The intention of the full-time international programme is to bring together students from different nations and educational systems, including the UK system, to demonstrate and explore general issues in a local context. Generic theories and techniques will be taught, but students are encouraged to choose examples from their own educational system when exploring these in assignments and other tasks.

It is, however, realized that studying in a different country includes extra challenges. We therefore run special tutorial groups for international students. This happens every week during term time, and students are taken through a programme designed to enhance and development the academic skills required at a UK university. These tutorials also have a strong social element, providing an opportunity to meet with staff and students on other programmes (the tutorials share many of the sessions with international students from other postgraduate programmes in the School of Education).

Although a minimum requirement is made for language skills before starting, the University also offer further English language training for students wanting this (see the English Language Centre for further details).

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The MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) aims to further students' knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues. Read more
The MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) aims to further students' knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced issues in the economic evaluation of health technology assessment through high quality training in relevant theoretical and practical issues.

All applicants to this programme should apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals in the first instance. Both the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals should be completed before progressing to the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment.

What is Covered?

The modules are organised in a similar manner to the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals. Each module lasts for approximately 12 weeks and comprises six or seven individual study 'units'. Modules are weighted at 20 'credits', where one credit equates to approximately 10 hours of study time.

In addition to the three compulsory modules for the Postgraduate Certificate and the three for the Postgraduate Diploma, students taking the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment take three further modules.

Programme Details

Mounting pressure on health care budgets worldwide has focused attention on how best to organise health care systems and the spending within them. The University of York distance learning programmes in health economics allow students to gain an accredited qualification while continuing in their careers, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to match professional and personal circumstances.

We offer three programmes of study, with the aim of providing students with the skills and confidence to apply the principles of health economics within the workplace. All applicants must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance, and progression to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is dependent on performance.

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The MSc in Educational Assessment has been developed to meet the need for specialists in educational assessment within schools and more widely within the education system. Read more
The MSc in Educational Assessment has been developed to meet the need for specialists in educational assessment within schools and more widely within the education system. The programme combines the expertise of two leading institutions in assessment, the School of Education and CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring). Students learn to construct and use tests, classroom assessments, interviews, school inspections and more. The programme is 'hands on'; candidates learn about the theory of assessment and the challenges associated with assessment, but there is also a strong focus on providing training into the conducting of assessment. Completion of the programme will enable you to apply for the status of Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA).

The programme aims to produce specialists who are well equipped to work in assessment within many areas of education. We want these specialists to have good knowledge and skills and be well prepared for the tasks they undertake. Specifically, the programme aims:
-To develop knowledge and awareness of the importance and many roles of assessment in education, and to enable students to engage with debate and to reflect on how to meet the challenges of effective educational assessment;
-To equip students with knowledge, understanding and relevant skills that will help them develop, deliver and analyse assessment at all levels of education, and to facilitate further research and scholarship in this important field.

Lectures take place 5pm-8pm on one evening per week (part-time) and two evenings per week (full-time), making the programme suitable for those who are in full-time employment.

Course structure

The programme comprises four x 30 credit taught modules plus a 60 credit dissertation of up to 15,000 words. On a part time basis, students study two modules per year in both year one and in year two and the dissertation in year three. On a full-time basis, students study all modules and the dissertation within one year.

Core Modules:
-Standardised Tests and Exams
-Classroom Assessment
-Judgement-based Assessment
-Research Methods in Education
-Dissertation

Learning and Teaching

Four 30 UCU taught modules are each designed to take 300 hours of student work, comprising:
-Readings and preparation for teaching
-Teaching time
-Follow-up readings and tasks outside the taught element
-Independent study
-Assignment work

There are 30 hours of contact teaching time per module (3 hours a week for ten weeks) with the remainder distributed through the other elements of the module. In addition the supervised dissertation module offers one to one contact time - students are assigned individual supervisors from within the School of Education/CEM staff who assist with devising a suitable topic for study. The aim of the academic tutorial system is to provide academic advice and support to students during the teaching and assessment of a module.

Academic support for the student is available via all of the following forms of contact:
-Formal tutorials within teaching time
-Email and telephone: Students are encouraged to contact tutors with specific queries
-Group emails: The discussion board on DUO, the virtual learning environment, allows students to keep in touch with peers and staff to raise issues and get generic feedback
-Personal contact: Staff are available for individual consultation during office time

All students are also strongly encouraged to attend research seminars at the School of Education throughout the academic year, when they will meet other students working on research degrees by thesis at Ph.D, Ed.D. or Masters level.

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The Assessment in Clinical Education is designed to improve your understanding of the approaches taken to assessment. The module will enable you to understand the theoretical frameworks for assessment and evaluation, and help you relate theory to practice. Read more
The Assessment in Clinical Education is designed to improve your understanding of the approaches taken to assessment. The module will enable you to understand the theoretical frameworks for assessment and evaluation, and help you relate theory to practice.

Assessment is an essential element of any educational process, especially for those preparing for or undertaking clinical roles. Much work has been done in recent years to improve the effectiveness of assessment

Evaluation is a key driver for curriculum change and development, and is a major component of the quality assurance cycle.

This module allows you to gain a clear understanding of assessment and evaluation, and how you can put theory into practice.

Module content

Building on earlier learning about curriculum theory and design, you will develop your understanding of the testing of learning outcomes and objectives, in order to determine if learners have achieved mastery.

The module will explore current methods and directions in assessment of learning in medicine, both formative and summative. Basic assessment theory will be explored, particularly in relation to concepts of validity, reliability and generalisability with particular emphasis on the application to clinical settings. You will be encouraged to be innovative in applying your knowledge and skills to the review of your current practice and to the solution of novel assessment problems.

As a core module for the Certificate in Medical Education accredited by the Higher Education Academy this module contributes in the following ways to meeting the Requirements of the Higher Education Academy:
-Of the five 'areas of activity' described by the HEA, this module will focus particularly on areas 3 and 5 (assessment, integrating scholarship/research into teaching).
-Of the six aspects of 'core knowledge' described by the HEA, this module will focus particularly on areas 2 and 6 (appropriate methods of assessing in the area and at the level of the academic programme, and the implications of quality assurance and quality enhancement for professional practice).
-Of the four 'professional values' described by the HEA, this module will focus particularly on values 1, 3 and 5 (respecting diverse learning communities, incorporating research/scholarship into teaching with a commitment to continuing professional development, and recognising the implications for professional practice of the wider context in which higher education operates).

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Boost your career prospects and develop your learning, teaching and assessment skills on this accredited course for university academics. Read more
Boost your career prospects and develop your learning, teaching and assessment skills on this accredited course for university academics.

Develop your knowledge of quality enhancement, student support and scholarship in higher education on this accredited course.

As a subject specialist you're already well established in your discipline. But teaching at a university or other institution at higher education level, requires a distinct collection of skills and knowledge and you’ll appreciate that opportunities for personal and professional development are fundamentally important for making the transition into teaching.

If you are already working in a higher education institution, this course offers you the chance to gain an accredited qualification at post graduate level and to be recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. You'll need to engage in an entire year of part-time, work-based, collaborative online study.

What you'll learn

This course aims to develop your engagement with the scholarship of learning and teaching and with the principles of student-centred higher education curriculum design, delivery and assessment. You’ll explore how people learn and investigate how assessment and feedback practice shapes learning.

As you read around the module topics, you can expect to become increasingly fascinated by the challenges and complexities that underpin evidence based teaching and learning. You’ll be joining a community of reflective practitioners and together, you will engage in collaborative online learning activities which develop your confidence, skills and experience in teaching.

This course is recognized by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Successful completion of the course enables you to be recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. If you’re a registered nurse or midwife you’ll may also be eligible to register as a teacher on the NMC register.

Subjects include
• Learning, teaching and evaluation of teaching
• Assessment, feedback and student support
• Research and scholarship and the supervision of students’ research

You'll enhance your learning, teaching, assessment and research skills as well as your capacity for academic and reflective writing.
The PG Cert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice qualification is an important part of becoming a fully qualified member of academic staff in the higher education sector.

Course aims

• To introduce students to a scholarly community of reflective pedagogic practitioners
• To embrace an enhancement-led, student-centred, evidence-based approach to learning, teaching and assessment practice
• To inspire career-long continuing professional development in high-quality, student-centred pedagogic practice
• To embed research, knowledge exchange, scholarship and evaluation within the context of academic practice in the digital university
• To facilitate the successful articulation of UKPSF (D2), the values expressed by SEDA and, where applicable, meet the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in respect of the ‘Teacher’ part of the NMC register.

Careers

This qualification will consolidate your status within your own university or teaching institution.
You may undertake the course as part of a probationary programme for a new appointment or use it to increase your opportunities for transfer within the university system, upgrade your current standing, or pursue further educationally-focused studies.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice offers registered practitioners a flexible, bespoke and student-centred programme of study that aims to meet their personal and professional development needs as they progress within their role towards advanced expert practice. Read more
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice offers registered practitioners a flexible, bespoke and student-centred programme of study that aims to meet their personal and professional development needs as they progress within their role towards advanced expert practice.

The Master of Science Award at the University of Lincoln is underpinned by the four framework pillars of advanced clinical practice as outlined by Health Education East Midlands (HEEM); Clinical Skills, Management and Leadership, Education and Research.

It is fundamental to this programme that each bespoke student pathway will contain a minimum level of each pillar in order to be deemed competent, however the individual route-way the practitioner takes will be determined by their own clinical practice role.

Within the award the ‘Clinical Skills’ pillar will always be the most prominent and each combination of modules aims to continuously promote the core principles of Advanced Clinical Practice as defined by HEEM; Autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision making and problem solving, values based care and improving practice.

All modules below are available as a stand-alone, credit bearing, short course in order to support flexibility in professional development.

Stage 1 - Core
-Pathophysiology for Healthcare (30 credits)
-Assessment, Diagnosis and Clinical Judgement in Practice (30 credits)

Stage 2 - Optional
-People, Personality and Disorder in Mental Health Care (15 credits)
-Best Interests Assessor (15 credits)
-Professional Development Portfolio (15 credits)
-Therapeutic Interventions for Mental Health Recovery (15 credits)
-Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (15 credits)
-Assessment and Management of Minor Illness and Minor Injury (30 credits)
-Advanced Urgent Care (30 credits)
-Enhanced Practice in Acute Mental Health Care (30 credits)
-Older Adult Mental Health (30 credits)
-Proactive Management of Long Term Conditions (30 credits)
-Non-Medical Prescribing (60 credits)

Stage 3
-Service Evaluation for Clinical Practice (15 credits)
-Service Transformation Project (45 credits)
OR
-Non-Medical Prescribing (60 credits)

How You Study

Blended teaching and learning is used wherever possible in recognition that students on this programme are working professionals and students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning.

As a student on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice you will be allocated a named Personal Tutor who will endeavour to support you throughout the programme.

Students are expected to nominate a named Clinical Supervisor who will act as a critical friend, teacher, mentor and assessor throughout the programme. This is designed to provide you with a framework of stability and support in order to fully contextualise your learning and role within your professional service area.

This individual may, if appropriate, act as the Designated Medical Practitioner should you undertake the Non-Medical Prescribing certificate as part of your overall Award. The University will provide the opportunity for your nominated Clinical Supervisor and/or Designated Medical Practitioner to undertake training, guidance and ongoing support to help fulfil their role.

Due to the nature of this programme weekly contact hours may vary. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information specific to this course please contact the programme leader.

Taught Days module 1: Pathophysiology for Healthcare (30 credits)

Every Thursday commencing 23/02/17 for 10 weeks

Further module timetables to be confirmed.

How You Are Assessed

In line with the learning and teaching strategy for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, the assessment and feedback strategy is also based upon the pedagogical philosophy of Student as Producer. The work assessed throughout this Award will be topical, current and will endeavour to be relevant to the student’s professional working practices. Assessments have been designed to be robust, innovative and fit for purpose; therefore allowing you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are consistently competent and capable of the role, both academically and in real-life, complex and dynamic service environments.

Assessments will be undertaken by a range of appropriately experienced and competent assessors, including academic staff, medical practitioners and experienced healthcare professionals, and it is through this collaborative and inter-professional assessment process that the University seeks to gain full assurance that the student is fit for practice as an Advanced Practitioner in their clinical service area.

Assessment methods are likely to include, but are not limited to, written assignments, exams, presentations and projects to test theoretical knowledge, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), case based assessments, direct observation of clinical skills and the development of a clinical competence portfolio. Formative assessments will be conducted whenever possible, aiming to prepare you for the assessment process and to provide developmental feedback to support the learning process. Formative assessment activities are integrated into the programme and focus crucially on developing the autonomy and research capacities of students in line with the Student as Producer ethos. The formative assessment process will promote student engagement and collaboration, to enable peer learning and knowledge discovery and exchange to take place between students, staff and professional colleagues in service areas.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Applicants will be screened in terms of professional suitability, professional references and eligibility for funding and sponsor approval (if required) prior to being made an offer on the programme.

If an applicant has applied for Non-Medical prescribing as part of the programme they will need to also undergo an interview process and meet the individual entry criteria for that programme.

Modules

-Advanced Urgent Care (Option)
-Assessment and management of minor illness and minor injury (Option)
-Assessment, Diagnosis and Clinical Judgement in Practice
-Best Interests Assessor (Option)
-Enhanced practice in acute mental health care (Option)
-Older Adult Mental Health (Option)
-Pathophysiology for Healthcare
-People, Personality and Disorder in Mental Health Care (M) (Option)
-Prescribing Effectively (Option)
-Prescribing in Context (Option)
-Proactive management of long term conditions (Option)
-Professional development portfolio (Option)
-Service Evaluation for Clinical Practice (Option)
-Service transformation project (Option)
-Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Masters Level) (Option)
-The Consultation (Option)
-Therapeutic Interventions for Mental Health Recovery (Level M) (Option)

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IN BRIEF. Recognised by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status. Site visits, residential courses and field work offer practical experience ensuring that you are prepared for industry practice. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Recognised by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
  • Site visits, residential courses and field work offer practical experience ensuring that you are prepared for industry practice
  • All students undertake project work with private, public and third sector organisations
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course offers a broad curriculum studying the relationships between human and natural components of the environment alongside developing the capacity to implement measures for analysing and managing environmental impacts of organisations.

Designed to produce graduates sufficiently equipped to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy initiatives within the environmental industries, this course will enable you to develop essential knowledge and skills to progress into a professional  career  in environmental management, regulation or consultancy.

COURSE DETAILS

You will be engaged with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental assessment and management. Modules address existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.

A key feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that you will benefit from experience as well as being supported in reviewing your own progress towards career goals.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week trimesters or five 14-week trimesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively. There are two intakes per year allowing flexibility in regards to the time you wish to begin your study (September or January).

Within the full-time course, you will study four taught modules as well as completing a dissertation. Three modules are compulsory with two studied in trimester 1 and the remaining one in trimester 2. For the remaining module in trimester 2 you have an optional choice, see below for available choices.

For part-time students the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two trimesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.

TEACHING

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies and workshops. Simulated business projects are utilised to develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In addition, you will take part in field work and site visits and will have many opportunities to discuss and exchange your own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers. You will work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project as part of a team thereby enhancing your network with external clients and developing your real world experience of environmental assessment and management, engaging with a range of research methods relevant to your field.

ASSESSMENT

Research & Professional Practice (30 credits) - Project & Learning portfolio (100%)  

Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits) - Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)  

Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits) - Case study analysis (50%); Environmental Management Project (50%)  

Environmental Investigation and Remediation (optional) (30 credits) - Coursework 1 (40%); Coursework 2 (60%) 

Energy, Resources & Sustainability (30 credits) - Poster presentation (30%); Case Study Report (70%)  

Dissertation (60 credits) - Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)

CAREER PROSPECTS

Many employment opportunities exist in this field including positions as environmental managers, environmental regulators and environmental consultants working in fields as diverse as contaminated land, planning and environmental impact assessment, environmental management in organisations, and waste, water and energy management.

Previous graduates of this course are working in energy companies at the forefront of environmental innovation (e.g. Uniper and EDF Energy), national and local environmental regulators (e.g. the Environment Agency and local authorities), environmental consultancies with an international dimension (e.g. Royal Haskoning, Scott Wilson, WS Atkins, Mouchel) and utilities companies (e.g. United Utilities, Viridor-Laing).

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities supplemented by practice-based learning opportunities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for your dissertation. You will work in a team on a project with an external client organisation to develop your research and analytical skills and to enhance your employability profile. Recent projects include an analysis of the air quality benefits of trees in urban areas (City of Trees), evaluation and enhancement of environmental management procedures for a large multinational manufacturing company, analysis of energy management measures implemented in schools for a local authority and the assessment of environmental management options for a large national charitable organisation.

You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work for which assistance is provided. The programme has links with a range of volunteering organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Groundwork organisations and the Bolton Community Development Partnership.

Full-time students also have the opportunity to work with a business on an environmental management project of relevance to the organisation as part of their dissertation. Past projects include work with E.ON UK, United Utilities, Groundwork and Manchester City Council on a range of projects including contaminated land investigation, feasibility studies of sustainable technologies for business and stakeholder perceptions of sustainable environmental practices.

FURTHER STUDY

After completion of this course, you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).



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The MERM Program is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of measurement, program evaluation, and research methodology in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Education, Quality of Life Studies, Health Studies). Read more
The MERM Program is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of measurement, program evaluation, and research methodology in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Education, Quality of Life Studies, Health Studies). For more than 25 years, the faculty and students of the MERM program have been contributing to its international reputation as a leader in the field. Our students and faculty have done research in human and health services, psychological, educational, community and health settings. The essential difference between the MA and MED in MERM is that the MED is wholly course based whereas the MA requires two fewer courses but the completion of a master's thesis. As such completion of a master's thesis is viewed as a prerequisite for the pursuit of doctoral studies in most institutions.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts (research-based), Master of Education (course-based)
- Specialization: Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Program Overview

The graduate program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) offers Ph.D., M.A., and M.Ed. degrees. The MERM area focuses on the preparation of graduate students to be methodological and measurement specialists. We strive to promote in our research, student supervision, and teaching the highest standards of measurement and research methodology in our discipline. Upon degree completion, our master's and Ph.D. students are employed as university faculty, data analysts, research scientists, test developers, directors of research in school districts or government, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists in business, industry, and education, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations.

MERM students generally fit into one of three categories:
1. Students who have an applied interest in educational and psychological measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis. Although they may have some preparation in measurement and data analysis in their undergraduate studies, this is not always the case. These students are more oriented toward the use of measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis techniques in fields such as education, psychology, or health.

2. Students who have strong theoretical interests in technical problems related to areas such as test theory, item response theory, assessment, statistics, factor analysis, and multi-level modeling. Although some of these students come to the Program with some statistical and/or mathematical background, often obtained while studying in another social science discipline such as psychology or sociology, other students arrive with degrees in statistics or mathematics as well.
3. Students who find it compatible with their career goals to give equal attention to both applied and theoretical aspects of this program.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established, and most highly regarded programmes in the world. Read more

About the course

Occupational Therapy (OT) at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established, and most highly regarded programmes in the world. In fact, we are the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy.’

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) provides a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists equipped for life-long, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace. This course is for those who are not already qualified as occupational therapists. It is a professional full-time programme, which will prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist in a variety of health and social care settings. It also allows students to be eligible to apply for:

Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists.

In December 2016 our programme was granted “Preaccreditation Status” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), which confirms that Brunel has successfully completed steps one and two in the three-step accreditation process – see more at AOTA OT Master's-Level Programs - Developing and visit our Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) information page.

The programme will now proceed with step three – the on-site evaluation, scheduled for April 2017, followed by an accreditation decision by mid-2017.

Aims

This programme differs from other Master's programmes in that it is a professional programme at postgraduate level and is full-time. It is not for those who are already qualified occupational therapists. Nevertheless, this course aims to prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice in a variety of health and social care settings. We provide a high quality educational programme, which ensures that you are properly qualified, prepared and safe to practise.

Occupational therapy students typically choose this career for the following reasons:

variety of work
the challenge
personal and one-to-one contact
client/patient appreciation
its holistic approach
the desire to help disabled people
to work in health settings
job availability
the chance to be creative.

If you are considering studying Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the NHS Constitution.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Course Content

Programme Structure

The MSc (pre-registration or pre-reg) occupational therapy programme benefits from being integrated with other programmes within the College of Health and Life Sciences. In their first year of study, MSc (pre-registration) occupational therapy students undertake components from a number of the current BSc modules/study blocks, as well as shared teaching with post-graduate students from the divisions of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and community health and nursing studies. In their second year of study, students share modules with other post-graduate students within the division of occupational therapy. Where learning is shared with the undergraduates, the content has been integrated into master's level modules and is assessed at master's level.

The programme comprises two years full time study. Taught modules are within a three-term structure. To provide a balance between academic and practice placements and still meet the minimum of 1,000 hours of practice placements required by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists, three of the practice placement modules extend beyond the term boundaries over the summer.

Academic modules are based at Brunel University in Uxbridge and practice placement modules are provided in a range of health and social care setting and increasingly in voluntary and private organisations including non-traditional settings.

Year One: The Skilled Practitioner – the How, What and Why of Occupational Therapy
Year 1 of the programme introduces students to the "how, what and why" of occupational therapy and aims to give them the opportunity to develop, explore and critique the core occupational concepts and skills of the profession in depth. The arrangement of study blocks and the two practice placement modules (that occur prior to the commencement of academic study in year 2), allow for a reciprocal exchange of academic knowledge and professional skills that develop the student’s understanding and knowledge of the profession further. Applying and evaluating research in practice is essential for occupational therapists, who are required to adopt evidence-based practice. Therefore the students are made aware from the onset of the programme of how research impacts on practice through clinical reasoning and decision-making skills gained in study blocks and also an inter-professional module HH5609: Approaches to Research.

Year Two: Mastery of Occupational Therapy – Advancing Practice
Year 2 of the programme aims to provide students with a more advanced exploration of the occupational therapy profession. Students acquire mastery in critical knowledge and evaluation of key issues on professional practice as well as critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of theoretical concepts central to occupational therapy. In addition, students study one optional module that enables an in-depth consideration of a specialist area of current practice. Students’ research skills are further enhanced in the second year and culminate in the students producing a research thesis, in the form of a detailed research dissertation. There are two practice placements in Year 2, one at the beginning of the year and one at the end.

Core Modules

Year 1

Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Philosophy
Informing Sciences
Knowledge and Skills for Occupational Therapy 1
The Process of Occupational Therapy Practice
Preparing for the Work Place 1
Occupational Therapy Practice in Context
Knowledge and Skills for Occupational Therapy 2
Lifestyle Redesign Through Occupation
Preparation for Dissertation

Year 2

Preparing for the Work Place 2
Strategies and Visions for Professional Development
People and Communities
The Art and Science of Occupational Therapy

Optional Modules

Occupational Therapy for Children, Young People and their Families
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Occupational Therapy in Neurorehabilitation
Occupational Therapy for Active Ageing

Immunisation requirements for the course

Please be aware that the University does not pay for any of the vaccinations or blood tests required to undertake this course, this is the responsibility of each applicant. The University does not offer a service to provide these and therefore we recommend you go to your GP or local travel clinic and start as early as possible. Until the University has evidence that you have these immunisations we will not be able to allow you to enter the clinical environment on practice placement so it is vital that you meet these requirements, ideally before you commence study. You must obtain immunisation against the following and further information can be found on the NHS website.

Please be aware that as occupational therapy students you will be working in hospitals and therefore in contact with patients who have infections so these immunisations are required for students as outlined in the Green Book by the Department of Health.

Hepatitis B x 3 vaccinations over a 6 month period and a blood test is then taken 6-8 weeks after the third dose, to check that the vaccinations have worked. Please note that the Hep B vaccination programme from the initial first vaccination to blood test upon completion, takes 8 months.
Also required is Polio & Tetanusè Rubella, Measles or MMR x 2 è BCG è Varicella Zoster, and evidence of chicken pox or vaccination x 2, or blood test to confirm immunity.
Blood tests are required for Hepatitis B and also for Measles, Rubella and Chicken Pox if there is no evidence in the students medical records. Immunisations are compulsory and are required for clinical placements.

Teaching

The programme reflects educational developments and encourages reflection, self-reliance and deep learning in the programme - to prepare students for the challenges of employment within a changing health and social care system.

Teaching, learning and assessment are designed to ensure that successful students are able to:

Seek out, appraise critically and use appropriate sources of knowledge and expertise within their academic and practice-related studies.
Utilise intellectual, subject-specific and key transferable skills.
Reflect on their experiences and learn from these.

Students’ learning is also supported by web based resources on Blackboard Learn with all modules having lecture and tutorial material posted on this site. Other features of Blackboard Learn are also utilised, such as on-line tests, virtual blackboards, discussion groups and podcasts.

The teaching and learning approaches are founded on the belief that occupational therapy should be grounded in evidence. This is achieved through the integration of academic and practice education which encourages evidence-based activity.

Programme, study and module block descriptors delineate learning outcomes to ensure clarity and promote the active preparation of students. Placements require students to reflect on their personal strengths and weaknesses and set objectives for their learning.
Completion of student evaluation forms requires students to appraise their own learning experiences.

All study and module blocks are core to the curriculum apart from one optional module in the second year, which must be chosen from four options. All modules are compulsory. This policy was adopted to ensure the programme meets with the professional requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council and the College of Occupational Therapists.

Assessment

The assessment procedures within the programme reflect the learning outcomes of each study and module block. Assessments are carried out in assessment blocks. The University term structure allows the student to have assessments spread across the academic year to assist learning.

In order to promote independent learning, a variety of assessment modes are used such as case studies, essays, practical assessments, placement reports, presentations, written examinations, literature reviews and a research dissertation. These assessments are designed to not only reflect master’s level academic requirements, but also professional skills in preparation for practice.

At the beginning of each year the student is provided with the assessment schedule, including assessment and feedback dates. Each assessment is explained clearly to students, both verbally and in the programme handbook, giving notification of assignment block requirements early in the commencement of the relevant study or module blocks. This information is also provided via Blackboard Learn (BBL). Preparation for assessment blocks is co-ordinated by the relevant year leader and undertaken through identified sessions within study blocks.

Special Features

You will complete an integrated research dissertation as part of the Master’s.

You will have the opportunity to work and learn with international students.

You will have the opportunity to learn in a wide range of practice areas.

The programme is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

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Please note. this programme is only available to home/EU students. Breast cancer care, diagnosis and treatment exist in a changing professional environment that requires practitioners to continually update and review clinical practice. Read more
Please note: this programme is only available to home/EU students.

Choose Kingston's Breast Evaluation PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Breast cancer care, diagnosis and treatment exist in a changing professional environment that requires practitioners to continually update and review clinical practice. If you are a registered healthcare practitioner working in the field of breast evaluation, this course is relevant to you.

This interprofessional programme enables participants to gain competence in the multi-skilled practice of breast evaluation. Shared learning for different healthcare disciplines is facilitated through a range of modules provided by collaborative partners at the Jarvis National Breast Screening Training Centre, Guildford, and at the South West London National Breast Screening Training Centre at St George's. By developing your multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, care and management of breast disease, this programme enables the enhancement of service provision to the client requesting or requiring breast evaluation.

You may be granted credits for your previous academic and professional qualification through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) scheme. An independent work-based learning module enables you to study around your individual CPD and workplace needs.

What will you study?

You will study modules relating to breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, research methods and ethics as well as independent work-based learning topics to meet your personal and clinical needs.

Some of the modules are developed in partnership with the Jarvis and St George's Breast Screening Centres.

Assessment

Case studies, research protocols, dissertation, essays, portfolios, practical assessment, OSCE, reflective log book.

Course structure

The postgraduate admissions administrator will help you choose the most suitable combination of modules depending on your needs. Some of the modules are developed in partnership with a range of healthcare providers.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Available modules
-Advanced Principles and Practice of Breast Interventional Techniques
-Clinical Breast Examination and Client Communication
-Contemporary Practice In Breast Cancer Genetics and Diagnosis
-Interpretation and Reporting in Mammography
-Professional Practice in Mammography 1 ^
-Professional Practice in Mammography 2 ^
-Ultrasound of the Breast
-Advanced Practice - Negotiated Independent Work Based Learning
-Management of Resources and Quality within Healthcare
-Practice Education and Mentorship+
-Research and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare (for PgDip)
-Dissertation (for MSc)

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This new and innovative Masters programme caters for the current global need for toxicologists and ecotoxicologists who are competent in conducting hazard and risk evaluation of chemical substances. Read more
This new and innovative Masters programme caters for the current global need for toxicologists and ecotoxicologists who are competent in conducting hazard and risk evaluation of chemical substances.


Aims
The programme aims at providing students with an advanced and up-to-date understanding of the effects of chemicals on human and environmental health and the resulting impact on chemical risk assessment and regulation. The programme covers both human and ecotoxicological risk assessment and includes modules on topical areas, such as mixtures toxicology, endocrine disruption and computational toxicology. Some modules have been designed specifically to be offered as short-term training programmes for professionals


The course is suitable for graduates interested in obtaining a qualification in human and environmental health, as well as students already in full time employment who require either formal qualifications or intend to revalidate their qualifications in toxicology. This will contribute to their continuing professional development (CPD) and towards the requirements for the UK Register of Toxicologists.


Course contents
The MSc in Toxicology and Risk Assessment comprises a total of 8 taught modules, including 6 compulsory modules and 2 (out of 3) optional modules.

Compulsory modules:
• Priority Pollutants and Human Health Effects (Autumn term, 12 weeks)
• Essentials in Ecotoxicology (Autumn term, 12 weeks).
• Designing, Analysing and Interpreting Toxicological Studies (Autumn term, 5 consecutive days)
• Current Practice in Chemical Risk Assessment (Spring term, 5 consecutive days)
• Chemical Regulation and Legislation in the EU (Autumn term, 5 consecutive days)
• Carcinogens and Mutagens (Autumn term, 12 weeks).

Optional Modules: (students will have to complete 2 out of 3 optional modules):
• Mixtures Toxicology and Cumulative Risk Assessment (Spring term, 5 consecutive days)
• Reproductive Toxicology and Endocrine Disruption (Spring term, 12 weeks)
• Computational Toxicology: Modelling and Predicting Toxicity (Spring term, 5 consecutive days)

Dissertation
Depending on student’s interests and their progress through the course, they will have the opportunity to carry out their dissertation with collaborators from Industry and regulatory bodies.

Throughout the course, students will be required to develop a personal development plan, agreed upon with tutors, which will structure and enhance their professional and personal development.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
A number of our specialised modules are run as intensive short-courses, which can be taken individually by participants without having to enroll for the full course. The aim is to support professionals already in employment in advancing their knowledge in specific areas, as well as developing their careers.

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Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the assessment of relevant evidence and knowledge on the effects and consequences of healthcare technologies. Read more
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the assessment of relevant evidence and knowledge on the effects and consequences of healthcare technologies. It contributes to priorities and decisions in relation to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. This Masters in HTA focuses on the production, critical appraisal and use of scientifically rigorous research evidence, applied to a range of health-related areas.

Why this programme

◾Our postgraduate taught courses provide a solid grounding in all the major disciplines within the field of Health Technology Assessment. This is unique within Scotland, and is one of few such programmes worldwide.
◾Our faculty are world-class experts in their fields, who are active not only in research and teaching, but also involved in HTA decision-making at a national level (e.g. through NICE, SHTAG).
◾Our teaching is research-led. The courses have been developed to reflect the latest academic research and up-to-date challenges in HTA decision-making.
◾You will gain a comprehensive understanding and hands-on experience of the interconnected disciplines that are core to Health Technology Assessment. These include health economics, statistics, evidence synthesis, modelling and patient-reported outcome measures.
◾During a course, from week to week you will interact with your teachers and fellow students using online discussion boards. Your teachers will direct and observe the discussion, and respond to student questions about the course content.
◾You will have the opportunity to collaborate on a research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff or an external supervisor.

Programme structure

Core courses
◾HTA: Policy and Principles (20 credits)
◾Statistical methods for HTA and evidence based medicine (20)
◾Health economics for HTA (20)

Optional courses
◾Foundations of decision analytic modelling (10)
◾Evidence synthesis (20)
◾Outcome measurement and valuation for HTA (10)
◾Analysis of linked health data (20)
◾HTA in a global context (20)
◾Survival analysis for HTA (10)
◾Qualitative research methods for HTA (10)

Optional course (delivered as face-to-face in Glasgow)
◾Decision analytic modelling methods for economic evaluation (20)

Career prospects

HTA has growing importance internationally for informing health care decision making and there is increasing demand for employees with HTA relevant skills. Outside of the field of HTA, students would be well equipped with qualitative and quantitative research skills for jobs in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and Government Information Services/Statistical agencies.

Potential employers & roles
◾Academic/research centres or universities – undertake HTA research projects funded by HTA agencies, national research bodies or health technology companies to support reimbursement or develop HTA methods.
◾Private industry including pharmaceutical companies, bio-technology companies and health insurance companies – design and undertake evaluations (effectiveness and/or cost-effectiveness) for presentation to reimbursement agencies in support of health technology products.
◾Local or national government agencies, regulators, health service providers, international health organisations (e.g. WHO) – commission and review assessments submitted to support reimbursement of health technologies; undertake systematic reviews, evidence synthesis and evaluations to focus and direct health care policy; evaluate policy and programmes previously funded.
◾National or international consultancy companies – undertake HTA projects for governments, HTA agencies or industry clients.

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You’ll gain an understanding of markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in the health technology industry. Read more

About the course

You’ll gain an understanding of markets, pricing and customers needed for new product development in the health technology industry. If you’re already working or aspire to work in the field of health technology assessment, this course will give you the training you need to progress your career or gain a post as a health technology evaluator or commissioner.

This course is taught entirely online. You’ll study part-time over two to four years. You do not need a UK study visa to take this online course.

Your career

We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand and improve health services: analytical skills, critical thinking and in-depth knowledge of your discipline. We offer postgraduate courses for health and social care professionals, managers and anyone planning a career in health services research.

Our graduates work in public health, the private sector, health services management, and health and social care, all over the world. They also go on to further public health training or academic research.

An international academic community

As one of the largest multi-disciplinary schools of public health and health services research in the UK, ScHARR is a rich academic community. You will be taught by world-leading experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. They include members of The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and offer international perspectives to all our courses.

Flexible study routes

We offer both traditional campus-based and online courses. Our high quality online courses are taught by the same expert academic staff who teach our courses in Sheffield and offer an alternative to coming to the UK. Guided by our staff, you can study at a pace that suits your personal circumstances. This can be an effective route for those who need to continue to work while they study. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also available.
You can also study individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). See the ScHARR web pages for details of available modules. For LBR and CPD information, visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hsccpd

Facilities

You’ll have 24/7 access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Core modules

Methods and Processes in International Health Technology Assessment; International Health Care Systems and Reimbursement; Cost-effectiveness Modelling in International HTA; Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis: Principles; Economic Evaluation in International HTA; Project.

Examples of optional modules

Choices include: Using Evidence in the Design and Development of Models; Pharmaceutical Pricing; Randomised Controlled Trials to Support Reimbursement Decision Making; Utility and Patient Report Outcomes Data in HTA; Building Cost-effectiveness Models for HTA.

Teaching and assessment

You will not attend the University in person. The course is taught entirely online, and you study at your computer in your own time. The course is a mixture of online learning and independent study. We use customised online rooms within our Virtual Learning Environment to deliver course materials in an accessible and engaging format, including live online webinars allowing interaction with course tutors and other students. Assessment

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Research and Evaluation course is a Master’s level course open to pharmacy practitioners who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), or equivalent for practitioners working overseas, and who are practising either full-time or part-time. Read more

Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research and Evaluation course is a Master’s level course open to pharmacy practitioners who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), or equivalent for practitioners working overseas, and who are practising either full-time or part-time. The course is also open to other appropriately qualified practising health professionals who have studied to at least undergraduate degree level, or who have at least 5 years’ experience of practising in their field, at the discretion of the programme manager. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/researchandevaluation/

Course Content

The course is designed around the three compulsory modules. The delivery media used, outline content and activities for each are described below. You will also attend an Induction Session at the beginning of the course. You will normally complete the Certificate in under 12 months, but you have the option of taking longer.

- Induction Session
You will attend an Induction session at Keele led by Medicines Management/School of Pharmacy staff at the start of the course. The date of the induction depends on when you start the course, but will normally be in September or January. This session will give you the opportunity to meet with other practitioners who are doing a pharmacy-related Master’s degree or APD course and with your tutor(s) who will support you on future modules of the certificate course.

The cost of the Induction session is included in the course fee. However, you must meet the full costs of travel and any overnight accommodation required.

- Advanced Practice Development (APD) Module
This module will be directed by you under the supervision of a Keele tutor(s). This module allows you to focus on an area of your professional practice that you have chosen, therefore you will negotiate specific learning outcomes, content, activities and overall format of your portfolio with your tutor.

It is anticipated that you will meet with your tutor following the Induction session, to discuss your initial ideas then finalise the learning outcomes during further meeting(s) - either face to face or virtual – as agreed necessary between you and your tutor.

If you are completing this module to support your accreditation as a Pharmacist with Special Interests (PhwSI), the specific learning outcomes will be based on the published required competencies for PhwSIs.

Given the student-led, flexible nature of this module you will be in control of your input to its achievement but we advise you to arrange any work shadowing or visits early on. You will be required to complete a portfolio ready for review by the due date.

This module is also available for you to complete on a stand-alone basis so that you do not have to commit to doing the whole Certificate course.

- Researching and Evaluating Your Practice Module
This is a distance learning module. The majority of the learning materials will be provided in the Course Reader, so that you can study where and when it is convenient for you. Some sections signpost to resources that are available to download from Keele’s virtual learning environment (KLE). You are also expected to do your own reading as guided by and beyond the reading list that will be provided in the module, particularly in relation to the research methods you plan to use in your Independent Learning Project.

The Course Reader is divided into five sections:
• Section 1 - The principles of research
• Section 2 – Literature review
• Section 3 – Research methods
• Section 4 – Analysing data
• Section 5 - Validity, reliability and allied concepts

You will be required to participate in some on-line activities, to help you to develop the course assessment. These will either be on-line discussions with other students, or e-mail discussions with your tutor depending on the numbers of students on the course. You are required to submit your assessment (project proposal) for this module to Keele by the due date.

This module is also available for you to complete on a stand-alone basis so that you do not have to commit to doing the whole Certificate course.

- Independent Learning Project (ILP) Module
To be able to start this module you must have completed the APD and Researching and Evaluating Your Practice modules first.

For the ILP module you will conduct a project into an aspect of your chosen area of practice. The project will be an evaluation of an existing service, or evaluation of existing professional practice that might benefit from new service development. This will be informed by your learning from the APD module and the Researching and Evaluating Your Practice module and will require rigour, critical thinking and high quality presentation.

You are required to have passed the APD and the Researching and Evaluating Your Practice modules before you can begin the Independent Learning Project. You will be granted 6 months from receiving approval in which to complete the project. The due date for the project report will be agreed at the time approval is granted.

You will be assigned to a tutor (normally the same tutor who supported you for the APD module) for the duration of the module. Further meetings (face-to-face or virtual) will take place as agreed, if necessary, between you and your tutor. You will be provided with more information at the start of the module.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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