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Why choose this course. -You would like to acquire research skills in both anthropology and ethnography. -You are considering moving on to doctoral and research degree programmes. Read more
Why choose this course:
-You would like to acquire research skills in both anthropology and ethnography
-You are considering moving on to doctoral and research degree programmes
-You want a course that is part of the North West Doctoral Training College (NWDTC)

This programme is designed to prepare students to carry out doctoral level research in Social Anthropology. It provides training in a wide range of research methods and teaches students how to develop a substantive research project in a theoretically and methodologically informed way. Although primarily intended as preliminary to doctoral research, the MA Anthropological Research programme is also available as a stand-alone taught MA degree for people who wish to improve their social research skills and gain an in-depth understanding of ethnographic methods and approaches.

Students on the MA Anthropological Research work closely with an expert supervisor in Social Anthropology, with further guidance from a second supervisor. All students attend the following core course units: Issues in Ethnographic Research I and II, Postgraduate Research Seminar, Independent Theoretical and Ethnographic Analysis I, and Introduction to Quantitative Methods. In consultation with their supervisor they also select three short, 5 credit modules in qualitative or quantitative research methods. Computer training is also available. Students then select two specialist course units, of which one must be within Social Anthropology (options vary from year to year) and one may be elsewhere in the University.

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY
Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director.

Coursework and assessment

Under the guidance of their supervisors, students are required to complete eight course units and a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation which is, in effect, a doctoral fieldwork research proposal. This is prepared over the summer period and presented in September. Most course units, including the postgraduate research seminar, are assessed by essays of up to 4,000 words. Some units also involve assessment of presentations and practical work.

Facilities

Social Anthropology, and the School of Social Sciences of which it is part, are based in a modern building which allows 24/7 access.
There is shared workspace available for research students within Social Anthropology including networked computers and printing facilities. There are also many work areas elsewhere in the building and in the University.

Career opportunities

In keeping with the main purpose of the MAAR as a research-training masters, many graduates successfully proceed to undertake PhD studies, whether in Manchester or elsewhere. The MAAR is also an excellent programme in which to acquire skills in social research methods, especially the ethnographic methods that are fast becoming popular in the business, voluntary and educational sectors as a way to find out about how people engage with their everyday worlds.

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Why choose this course. -You want to be taught by lecturers at the cutting edge of international research in social archaeology. -You enjoy working in small groups to explore current 'hot topics' and exciting new debates. Read more
Why choose this course:
-You want to be taught by lecturers at the cutting edge of international research in social archaeology
-You enjoy working in small groups to explore current 'hot topics' and exciting new debates
-You are looking for state-of-the art research training that will prepare you for a PhD and develop transferrable skills

Archaeology at Manchester is internationally recognised as a centre for social archaeology. The MA in Archaeology thus facilitates a fascinating journey into the material and social world of past human societies. By combining theory with practice, we are able to ask fundamental questions about the complex web of inter-relationships between societies, individuals, animals and plants, the built environment as well as the material world. This socially-focused approach also encourages a critical and self-reflective attitude towards the politics and practice of archaeology today. Working at the forefront of knowledge and interpretation, the MA brings together researchers of international calibre with specialization in a wide range of geographical areas and chronological periods, and thus offers a unique and stimulating environment for postgraduate study.

This MA programme fosters strong student-led research. By encouraging you to propose your own essay, presentation and dissertation topics, the MA allows you to pursue your specific archaeological interests throughout all our modules.

The MA in Archaeology will appeal to:
-Those wishing to explore the following themes: history, theory and practice of archaeology; the archaeology of cultural identity; landscape, monuments and architecture; technology and society; death and the body; archaeological heritage and the contemporary significance of the past.
-Those interested in the following geographical areas or chronological periods: Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Iron Age Britain, Neolithic and Bronze Age Near East, Cyprus and Greece, Africa, Pacific and historical/colonial archaeology, as well as the role of the past in contemporary societies.
-Those whose first degree was in a related discipline (eg Anthropology, Museology, History of Art, History) and now wish to take a postgraduate degree in Archaeology in order to gain a solid grounding in the discipline.
-Those who have a first degree in Archaeology (single or joint honours) who wish to advance their knowledge, understanding and skills in an exciting research led environment at the forefront of new developments and discoveries.

Aims

The Programme aims are to:
-Enable you to develop their understanding of the interrelationship between archaeological theory, interpretation and practice
-Provide you with an overview of a range of theoretical approaches to artefacts, architecture and landscape, and encourage you to explore these in relation to specific case studies
-Encourage you to develop their critical skills concerning inference and interpretation
-Encourage you to develop a critical awareness of the contemporary social and political context of archaeology
-Enhance and amplify previously acquired disciplinary and transferable skills
-Enable you to undertake self-critical original research (through the MA dissertation)

Coursework and assessment

In addition to the compulsory core module `Archaeologies of the Past, Present and Future', students take three option course units and complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. Most teaching will take place in small interactive seminar groups, involving, as appropriate, directed-reading, staff and student presentations, discussion, debate, problem-solving and group-work. Assessment is both formative and summative. Most courses are summatively assessed by a 6,000-word essay. Oral presentations, poster presentations, self-reflective learning reports and assessed group work may also be used and additional formative feedback is given throughout.

Career opportunities

In addition to subject-specific content and approaches, this Masters degree teaches and develops a wealth of transferable skills that are appreciated by employers in all walks of life. Pursuing this degree thus enables students to keep open a very wide range of career options. This MA provides an excellent vocational foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology or hoping to embark upon a research degree, but is also a great general degree that teaches a diverse range of transferable skills highly sought after by employers, such as critical thinking, oral presentation, and team work.

Recent graduates have gone on to PhDs in Archaeology, to working in Archaeological Units, to teaching, to contract researching, or to work in local or central government, commerce or industry.

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Why you should choose this course. -You are interested in how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. -You want a course that crosses discplines and is accredited by leading institutions in architecture teaching and research. Read more
Why you should choose this course:
-You are interested in how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities
-You want a course that crosses discplines and is accredited by leading institutions in architecture teaching and research
-You are looking to pursue a career in roles associated with the development of sustainable urban spaces

The MA in Architecture and Urbanism is a taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

This course is jointly accredited by the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) with cross-disciplinary connections between the School of Environment, Education and Development (UoM), the Manchester School of Architecture (MMU) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU). This course can be approved as prior learning for the MSA RIBA Part 2 accredited MArch in certain circumstances.

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Why you should choose this course. -You want to explore emerging critical approaches and shifts in museum practice and theory. -You would like to undertake a work placement in a museum, gallery or related cultural organisation in or around Manchester. Read more
Why you should choose this course:
-You want to explore emerging critical approaches and shifts in museum practice and theory
-You would like to undertake a work placement in a museum, gallery or related cultural organisation in or around Manchester
-You are interested in the rich museum and cultural scene of Manchester and the opportunities for case studies, fieldwork and networking on offer

Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) has been taught at The University of Manchester for more than 40 years. It is one of the longest established MA degree courses in museum studies in the country, and our alumni have reached senior positions in museums and galleries throughout the UK and overseas.

Today, the AGMS course is continually being reviewed and developed in response to new research, emerging critical approaches and shifts in museum practice. Manchester's traditional focus on the art gallery remains, but is now balanced by course units which address history, theory and practice in a range of institutions.

Throughout the degree, you will examine diverse issues related to museum theory and practice, visit numerous museums, galleries and cultural organisations, and have many opportunities to discuss ideas and issues with professionals and academics in the field. The AGMS course combines both guided and independent study, and includes seminars, guest lectures and site visits.

Teaching and learning

Most teaching takes place in small interactive seminar groups, involving, as appropriate, directed-reading, fieldwork in museums and galleries, staff and student presentations, discussion, debate, problem-solving and group-work.

Most courses run one day/week over 12 weeks and there are variations in the number of class hours per teaching day depending on the course/week (i.e. 2-5 hours). As a general rule, a 30 credit course includes 300 learning hours, which can be roughly divided as follows: a third in classes or class-related work; a third in independent study; and a third in preparation of assignments.

Students undertake also a collections management group project (as part of the 'Managing Collections and Exhibitions' and an exhibition group project (as part of the 'Professional Practice Project' course) in collaboration with a museum, gallery or related cultural organisation in Manchester or the North West of England.

Course unit details

The AGMS MA is a modular degree with core and optional elements totalling to 180 credits. Core and options courses combine to make 120 credits with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.

Semester one
Full-time students take two core course units: 'Introduction to Museum Studies' and 'Managing Collections and Exhibitions' (each 30 credits). Part-time students take 'Introduction to Museum Studies' in Year 1 and 'Managing Collections and Exhibitions' in Year 2. These core units are designed to introduce you to key issues and ideas in museum practice, and also to different approaches to the study and analysis of museums. All elements in Semester One are compulsory. Unit details are below.

Semester two
Semester two option courses build on the knowledge and understanding you have gained in semester one, and enable you to develop expertise in a particular disciplinary area of curating (e.g. art or archaeology) or sphere of museum practice (e.g. museum learning or exhibition development). Full-time students take 60 credits of option course units (option courses are offered as 15 or 30 credits). Part-time students take 30 credits of option course units each year. Unit details are below. Please note that not all option courses may be available every year. Students may choose to take one option course in a related subject area, e.g. Archaeology, History, or Social Anthropology.

Dissertation (Semester 2 and summer)
On successful completion of the coursework, you proceed to write a dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of your choice, agreed in conjunction with your dissertation supervisor. Dissertations, like articles (depending on the journal), may be strongly based on original primary source research, they might aim to re-interpret an already well-trawled area of the subject, or they might take up an approach somewhere between these two extremes. In all cases, however, the authors will have chosen and elaborated a body of relevant material which they bring to bear on a clearly defined issue. Dissertation planning and supervision takes place in Semester 2 (February - end of June) and you continue with your independent writing in July and August. You can either undertake a standard dissertation or a practice-based dissertation:
-Standard : 12-15,000 words
-Practice-based A : Exhibition. An exhibition, show or plan thereof. Outcome - exhibition and/or plan plus 8-10,000 words reflection
-Practice-based B : Policy. Student to develop a piece of museum policy. Outcome - policy or report plus max 8-10,000 words reflection.
-Practice-based C : Digital/Online (building on skills developed in Digital Curating). Outcome - digital media application plus max 8-10,000 words reflection.

Career opportunities

How will the AGMS support my career goals?
The AGMS is an important entry-level qualification for anyone seeking to pursue a career in museums or galleries. It is also a valuable resource for continuing professional development for mid-career professionals. In addition, the MA provides a thorough training in the skills needed to do further postgraduate research. These skills in research design and planning are transferable to jobs in the museum sector, as well as being a vital first step to PhD research.

What are the career destinations of AGMS graduates?
Of course, job destinations vary according to the interests, ambitions and skills of each individual, but most of our students are successful in obtaining professional posts in collections, exhibitions, education, interpretation, or some aspect of museum/arts management soon after completing the MA.

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Why you should choose this course?. -You would like a course combining key knowledge and skills in arts management and cultural policy with specialist options. Read more
Why you should choose this course?
-You would like a course combining key knowledge and skills in arts management and cultural policy with specialist options
-You are interested in a work placement at a cultural organisation near Manchester
-You would like to get a job at an arts organisation or festival around the world

Course description

The MA in Arts Management, Policy and Practice enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and practice of arts management; to gain an insight into the range of professional opportunities in the creative and cultural sector; and to acquire direct experience of the many areas of arts management. The programme has a strong practical, hands-on element. At the same time it offers a solid theoretical grounding, exploring cultural policy in its historical context and encouraging critical engagement with the philosophical, political, social and economic imperatives informing contemporary practice. Above all, we aim to produce pioneers rather than bureaucrats.

Lecturers from the Centre for Arts Management teach the MA with considerable input from arts professionals including staff from the Martin Harris Centre, Contact Theatre, the Royal Exchange, Whitworth Art Gallery and many other local cultural organisations. We also work closely with our sister programme, the highly regarded MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies.

Aims

The programme is designed to serve as an entry-level qualification for recent graduates as well as offering professional development for mid-career practitioners. It offers flexibility and opportunities for specialisation, while ensuring a thorough grounding in essential principles and methodology. It provides a solid foundation for careers in different areas of the arts and creative industries, and caters for arts practitioners as well as aspiring managers.

Career opportunities

This programme prepares graduates for a diverse range of career opportunities as managers, administrators, policy-makers or practitioners in various branches of the arts and cultural and creative industries. Opportunities exist in the public, private, and voluntary sectors; in theatres, opera houses, concert halls, arts centres, museums and galleries, and the media; with orchestras, theatre companies, dance companies, etc.; or with the Arts Council, British Council, Local Authority, Tourist Board and various funding bodies. Discrete posts include: programming manager; marketing director; education director; development or outreach officer; tour organiser; promoter, agent or artist's manager; website, database or IT manager; producer; consultant or market researcher; fundraiser; community artist; freelance workshop leader. Graduates may also find work in related areas such as teaching, social and educational work. Some students go on to pursue further study and research at doctoral level.

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Course description. The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
Course description
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

Coursework and assessment
Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the two 30 credit Core course units. In addition, MA students must submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits). The part-time MA students undertake a supervised dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

The awards of the MA is classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction.

PG Dip available upon enquiry

Course unit details
Students will be required to complete three Core course units and three Options. The Core course units are:
Philosophical Bioethics (30 credits)
Medico-Legal Problems (30 credits)
Global Health, Law and Bioethics (15 credits)
Students will then choose three Options.
MA students must also successfully complete a dissertation by independent research of 12,000-15,000 words (60 credits), which is undertaken over the summer months of the programme (June-September).

English language
Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:
- IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
- Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

Fees
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:
MA (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500
International students (per annum): £14,500
MA (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250
International students (per annum): £7,250

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This is a standard route interdisciplinary MA programme focusing on human rights in a global context. There are four compulsory course units. Read more
This is a standard route interdisciplinary MA programme focusing on human rights in a global context.

There are four compulsory course units: Ethics in World Politics; Theories of Rights OR Human Rights Law; Human Rights in World Politics; and Dissertation Research Design. Students also take four optional course units from a wide range of relevant MA programmes.

Assessment is by class presentations, essays and 12-15,000 word dissertation.

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The MA in Classics and Ancient History is extremely flexible and wide-ranging. Read more

Course description:

The MA in Classics and Ancient History is extremely flexible and wide-ranging. In this it reflects the broad, multidisciplinary nature of the subject, which includes Latin and Greek language, the history of Greek and Roman antiquity from archaic times to the beginning of the Middle Ages, and Greek and Roman literature and culture. The MA is designed to introduce students to advanced study in their chosen field and to equip them with the skills required for doctoral research. The programme and most modules within it allow students to tailor their advanced study and research-preparation to their interests, needs and existing knowledge. Apart from the thesis, the only compulsory unit of the four required is that devoted to research training, although one of the other three is normally a language at the appropriate level. (No existing knowledge of Latin or Greek is required, but we do expect all students to acquire some knowledge of one of the languages during the MA). Apart from these requirements, students are able to choose freely in constructing an MA course which best suits their interests and skills.
In addition, we offer one specialist pathway through the MA programme, namely the 'City of Rome' pathway. This pathway involves taking a course unit at the British School at Rome, for which students prepare by studying a course on Roman social and urban history.

Aims:

On successful completion of the MA in Classics and Ancient History, students will:
i. demonstrate the enhancement of previously acquired skills at a more critical, reflective, and sophisticated level, especially skills involving synthesising information from a variety of sources, historical and/or literary interpretation, exercising independent and critical judgement.
ii. understand and respect the `otherness' of the past by developing specialist knowledge about one or more aspect of Graeco-Roman civilisation.
iii. be able to describe, analyse, and assess ancient sources, including (as appropriate) literary, non-literary, visual, and material evidence.
iv. be able to design and complete a substantial piece of independent research.
v. work effectively as autonomous scholars.
vi. be able to understand complex problems and communicate them clearly in oral and written form, with the help, where appropriate, of visual or graphic aids.

Coursework and assessment:

The MA in Classics & Ancient History is made up of a taught element (120 credits, normally spread over four taught units) and a dissertation. Taught units are usually assessed by extended essay, but assessment might also include oral presentations, conference posters, commentary exercises and (particularly for language units) formal examinations. In more detail, the structure of the course is as follows: Research training: 30 credits. Our core course, 'Studying the Ancient World: Techniques and Approaches', introduces you to the key research questions and methods involved in advanced study of the discipline and, in the second semester, gives you experience in developing and presenting your own research project.
Taught course-unit I: 30 credits. Normally a language course at an appropriate level. This is usually Greek or Latin for those at any level below Advanced III in our undergraduate programmes or their equivalent; or a modern language (usually German or Italian) for those with advanced Greek and Latin.
Taught course-unit II: 30 credits. An option chosen from the dedicated MA course-units offered annually, from a menu covering a range of topics in Greek and Roman history, literature, and culture. These course-units are based on a normal pattern of 11-22 contact hours (depending on student numbers), consisting of both student-led and tutor-led discussion.
Taught course-unit III: 30 credits. One other course-unit, which might be another from the department's range of taught units, or an approved unit from another subject area (for example, History or Archaeology), or a Directed Reading course, in which the student is free to pursue whatever avenue is of interest to him/her, by negotiation with a tutor and with the Postgraduate Programme Director. The usual pattern for a Directed Reading course is 6 to 8 hours of contact time, which may be individual or in a small group, or a mixture of the two.
A dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words: 60 credits.

Course unit details:

Find out more about the course unit details by visiting:
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/classicsancienthistory/postgraduatetaught/taught/classics-and-ancient-history-ma/?pg=all

Scholarships and bursaries:

Each year, a number of scholarships, studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study are awarded on a competitive basis by the University, Research Councils UK or other external funders. Visit our website for information on funding opportunities:
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/alc/fees/postgraduate-taught-funding

Mair Lloyd, Former student
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The MA in Conference Interpreting (MACINT) aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills for a career in conference interpreting. Read more

Course description:

The MA in Conference Interpreting (MACINT) aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills for a career in conference interpreting.
Students will offer one of two profiles, reflecting the two distinct profiles of practising conference interpreters.
Profile 1: Designed for students who have English as their native language (A language) and two passive foreign languages (C languages). These students will be trained in both types of interpreting out of both C languages into their A language.
Profile 2: Designed for students with Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish as their native language (A language) and English as an active foreign language (B language), or English as their native language (A language) and Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish as an active foreign language (B language). These students will be trained in both types of interpreting in both directions (i.e. B-A and A-B).
The taught component of the MA combines 75 credits of conference interpreting courses (consecutive and simultaneous interpreting) with 45 credits of research-oriented courses. The dissertation (60 remaining credits) is written on a research project or a specific interpreting assignment (interpreting plus critical analysis). The programme prepares students for a professional career as a conference interpreter, developing the range of linguistic, specialist and technological skills required in the work place.

For more information please visit our MACINT page, http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/tis/postgraduatetaught/macint/

Aims:

• To equip students with the knowledge and advanced interpreting skills for a career in conference interpreting
• To provide specialist training in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting
• To provide a gradual transition into the professional world through practical, real-life interpreting tasks
• To provide guidance on professional conduct and ethics
• To enable students to reflect critically on their own and others' interpreting practice
• To equip students for further study and research

Teaching and learning:

The MACINT degree is devised to train students with aptitude for Conference Interpreting in an intensive and highly individualised manner.
Contact hours with CTIS staff will involve a mixture of seminars with students studying all five languages on the MACINT degree (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish) and language-specific tutorials focusing on your particular language combination. In the Professional Development for Conference Interpreters unit, students will also have the opportunity to work as part of a team of interpreters at a number of simulated multilingual conferences. As a result of the technology involved in simultaneous interpreting, class sizes are small which allows for intensive contact with teaching staff. In addition to class contact hours, e-learning provision provides students with the support and feedback required between classes, as well as allowing them the possibility for tracking their progress. Guided self-study sessions in small groups are an essential part of the MACINT degree. These sessions encourage self-reflexive learning and also nurture peer assessment and feedback skills. As a result of the expertise of CTIS staff, students will also be taught conference interpreting on the basis of research carried out in skill and expertise acquisition in Interpreting Studies. In addition, teaching and learning is informed by current research in Interpreting Studies on issues as diverse as cognitive processing and the social and ethical role of the interpreter.

Find out more about our course and our trainers in our MACINT page, http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/tis/postgraduatetaught/macint/course-content/

Coursework and assessment:

MACINT is designed as a specialised postgraduate qualification in Conference Interpreting. Course units in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting complement one another and teaching and learning is informed closely by the research-led components. As the modules in MACINT are progressive (e.g. Consecutive Interpreting II builds on skills learnt and settings covered in Consecutive Interpreting I), with structured self-study forming an integral part of the course design, students are able to track their progress clearly as the programme develops.
Assessment on MACINT takes two forms: (1) assessed coursework and (2) end-of-unit examinations. The theoretical units (Interpreting Studies, Research Methods I and II) are assessed entirely by coursework, with two tasks spaced throughout the semester, enabling students to critically reflect on the material covered in class and receive formative feedback. Assessment in the practical interpreting modules is weighted towards end-of-unit examination, assessed by a panel of internal and external examiners, reflecting the task and professional practice of conference interpreting. However, coursework assessment is also integral to the practical interpreting units. This takes the forms of oral presentations, critical essays, and interpreting professional portfolios.

Course unit details:

Find out more about the course unit details by visiting:
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/chinese-studies/postgraduate-taught/courses/conference-interpreting-ma/?pg=all

Scholarships and bursaries:

Each year, a number of scholarships, studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study are awarded on a competitive basis by the University, Research Councils UK or other external funders. Visit our website for information on funding opportunities:
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/alc/fees/postgraduate-taught-funding

Kirsten Coope, Lecturer
“We offer students short study visits abroad to see conference interpreters at first-hand.”

David McCafferty, Current student
“Manchester offers practical assignments and opportunities to go to the EU and UN.”

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The MA in Creative Writing offers aspiring fiction writers and poets a one-year apprenticeship (or two years part-time) during which time they will study literary technique through reading and discussing the work of other contemporary writers in seminars, and will have the opportunity to develop their own work via regular workshops and individual tutorials. Read more

Course description:

The MA in Creative Writing offers aspiring fiction writers and poets a one-year apprenticeship (or two years part-time) during which time they will study literary technique through reading and discussing the work of other contemporary writers in seminars, and will have the opportunity to develop their own work via regular workshops and individual tutorials.
Writers may choose to work on writing a novel and/or short stories and/or poems.
All students will have the opportunity to attend weekly workshops and masterclasses taught by Professor Jeanette Winterson.
More information about this programme can be found on the Centre for New Writing website, http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/centrefornewwriting/
Please note that both the full and part-time options are taught between 9am to 5pm. We do not offer evening classes.

Coursework and assessment:

Students take 60 credits worth of courses in semester one and 60 credits worth of courses in semester two. To complete the MA, students are required to take 180 credits in total;
• All poetry and fiction writing workshops meet for two hours per week, and are worth 30 credits. Students will also be offered three individual half-hour tutorials per semester in order to discuss the progress of their writing. Each workshop is assessed by a portfolio of poetry or fiction.
• Seminars also meet for two hours per week and are also worth 30 credits. They will usually be assessed by one 6,000 word essay or the equivalent.
• Over the summer students complete a 15,000 word 'dissertation' which consists of a group of poems, a selection or short stories, or an extract from a novel. This is worth 60 credits.

Course unit details:

In semester one, students may choose to take two workshops - one in fiction writing and one in poetry -- or they may take one workshop and one seminar - typical seminars will be 'The Art of Short Fiction' and 'Poetics'.
In semester two students wishing to focus on poetry writing will take a poetry workshop and a seminar on Contemporary Poetry; students wishing to focus on fiction writing will take a fiction writing workshop and a seminar in Contemporary Fiction.
Find out more about the course unit details by visiting:
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/english/postgraduate-taught/courses/creative-writing-ma/?pg=all

Scholarships and bursaries:

Each year, a number of scholarships, studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study are awarded on a competitive basis by the University, Research Councils UK or other external funders. Visit our website for information on funding opportunities:
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/alc/fees/postgraduate-taught-funding

Career opportunities:

Some of our students will go on (sometimes several years after completing their studies) to become published writers but most will not. The primary purpose of the Creative Writing MA in Manchester is therefore not to produce published writers but to help writers fulfil their potential and to help them understand and enjoy the literary traditions within which they are working. Graduates may go on to work in publishing, journalism, Arts administration, or (perhaps via a PhD programme) into university teaching.

John Mcauliffe, Course Lecturer
“As published writers our teachers will give you hands-on, professional advice.”

Marli Roode, Author and former student
“My novel began life here thanks to invaluable support, advice and feedback.”

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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION. The MA in Criminology is an innovative, interdisciplinary course focusing on current trends and historical debates surrounding key issues of crime causation, crime control and regulation. Read more
PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION:

The MA in Criminology is an innovative, interdisciplinary course focusing on current trends and historical debates surrounding key issues of crime causation, crime control and regulation. This course is particularly targeted to students who are looking to develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice. The degree is aimed at recent graduates looking to improve their academic credentials, as well as practitioners and professionals in the criminal justice field who want to update and broaden their knowledge in this area. Compulsory and optional courses allow students to engage with a diverse range of issues within contemporary criminological and criminal justice debates and the methods used to research them.
A prior degree in criminology is not essential but previous study of a social science discipline would be an advantage.
The course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experts from sociological, legal and psychological backgrounds using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

PROGRAMME CONTENT AND STRUCTURE:

To meet the requirements of the taught element of the course, all students must take course units totalling 120 credits . This is normally attained with eight 15-credit course units, as listed below, with 60 credits taken each semester. The availability of individual optional course units is subject to change (due, among other factors, to staff availability to deliver the course units in any given year).
In addition, students who pass the taught element of the course and who are permitted to progress to the research element of the course, must also submit a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words worth 60 credits.

Part-time students take four out of the five compulsory course units in the first year, and then take the other one in year two. The remaining 60 credits of optional course units are selected and taken accordingly over the two years. ;

GENERAL:

SEMESTER ONE:
Compulsory units:
Designing Criminological Research (15 credits)
Advanced Theoretical Criminology (15 credits)
Criminal Justice Research and Policy (15 credits)
with a choice of one optional unit:
Prosecution and Pre-Trial Process (15 credits)
Offender Management and Community Reintegration (15 credits)
Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
SEMESTER TWO:
Compulsory unit:
Evaluating Policy & Practice (15 credits )
with a choice of three optional units:
Drugs: Markets, Policies and Consumption (15 credits )
Crime Mapping: Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis (15 credits )
International Security and Law (15 credits )
Economic and Financial Crime (15 credits )
Criminology of Mass Violence (15 credits )
Criminal Law and Justice (15 credits )

Students are also required to complete Supervised summer dissertation of 12-15,000 word.

Part-time Masters students undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Most course units are assessed by 3500 word essay or by essay and presentation.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
- Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

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The programme seeks to help you answer the question of how digital technologies can and should be integrated into education. This applies to any educational setting, from primary education, through secondary, to higher education; in work-based and community based training programmes, cultural (museums and art galleries) and health education; and in home education and the informal educational processes of society and the media.

Digital technologies influence education in many different ways: they affect the way we teach, but also help administer education, advertise it (as with this page!) and communicate with fellow learners and teachers. They even force us to rethink ideas of what education is, or could be.

Aims of the Programme

• Help students further their careers through improving their skills and knowledge base in the area of digital technologies and communication, in order that these can be applied in any educational setting;
• Enhance students' interpersonal and group communications skills in order to enable them to learn independently and make effective decisions through self-reflection on their own practice;
• Develop in students the ability to design their own educational materials using digital technologies and in particular to develop creative and innovative approaches to this work;
• Build in students the confidence and ability to identify and critically evaluate the use of digital technologies, whether in formal educational settings or the informal educational processes of society, and with specific reference to their own needs and practice;
• Develop students' ability to systematically understand and critically evaluate research and research methodologies relevant to digital technologies in education, and then to apply this knowledge in actual research projects;
• Assist students in developing an ability to manage and understand rapid technological change and its effect on educational processes, institutions and policies.

Special Features

Formalised lectures are rare. Instead, classes tend to mix lecturer input with group work, computer and video activities, simulations, problem-based learning and class discussions. We make considerable use of enquiry-based learning (EBL), encouraging students' critical reflection on their own practice and beliefs: formed both by their professional experiences and intuitions, and theory and research. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of life-long-learning. As most of our participants are themselves experienced teachers, we appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience that they bring to the course and we encourage all participants to use all sources of professional insights including their fellow participants. We provide training in the use of electronic databases, library resources, and computer based statistics packages. Many other key skills will be developed during the course

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The MA economics course is designed to meet the growing demand for those students who seek an applied economics degree that combines a solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles with quantitative methods and research informed applied economics units. This course is clearly different from the existing MSc Economics courses at Manchester because of its focus on mainstream but less theoretical units that need to be completed.

Students on the MA economics will take compulsory courses in both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics; they will further advance their quantitative skills and techniques in the core courses in Introduction to Econometrics, Mathematical Methods in Economic Analysis and Further Econometrics; and, as part of their MA research project, they will focus on applied and/or policy-oriented research of economic data as relevant to policy makers and economics professionals.
The programme is focused on students interested in a career straight after the MA and not on those students interested in postgraduate research, as the latter group will find our MSc Economics more appropriate.

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Aims of the Programme

• Develop critical understanding of key concepts in educational theory in order to enable an informed analysis of educational practices;
• Raise awareness of the influence of context upon education;
• Develop students' professional knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to their prior and emerging professional interests;
• Enable students to gain evaluative and analytical skills that will help them to critique education policy and practice;
• Develop capacity to engage in research to inform and develop practice.

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Aims of the Programme

• Develop participants knowledge and understanding of educational leadership and management and in order to reflect upon its interpretation and application in different contexts
• Provide an overview of educational leadership and management and educational policy through the presentation of key theoretical, methodological and empirical frameworks
• Enable colleagues at all levels within educational institutions to examine critically the role of leadership and management in educational change processes
• Develop knowledge and understanding of issues relatable to the preparation, training and development of leadership identities, and to critically examine such identity formation in relation to issues of equity and social justice
• Develop a range of learning and transferable skills which integrate current research and best practice in the areas of Educational Leadership and Management and educational policy applicable to different students on different programmes.

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