A masters degree is normally expected to take one to one and half years for full-time students and two to three years for part-time students. Extension beyond three years may be considered following written justification, and with organisational and academic supervisor's support, but this may incur further fees. Maximum registration period for this programme is five years.
The course runs on alternate Wednesdays for 16 days in year one and 12 days in year two.
Please see the entry requirements section for details.
The course has four taught modules and one work-based learning module.
The course is assessed by seen assignments; presentations and Capstone Project which must be passed to complete the course.
Each masters-level credit is equivalent to 10 hours' work. The MSc course carries 180 credits.
It is the student's responsibility to maintain regular contact with their academic supervisor. While there is no fixed limit of contact time, in order to gain maximum benefit from supervisor guidance, it is recommended that discussions are planned prior to making contact. Where possible, face to face meetings are made, however email and telephone contact are most frequently used.
We also have personal tutor system, with each student allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course.
Drafts for the first assignment will be read in full, thereafter plans and short extracts up to two pages will be read and feedback given. However, there will be an opportunity to discuss all your assignments in tutorials.
This is generally not a problem. If you need to change jobs or company, or if your responsibilities change, you can continue with the degree. Please advice in writing to the course director – as soon as possible– of such moves, with the name, address and your contact number at the new organisation.
Experience has shown us that candidates studying for a master's degree sometimes require 'time out' for various personal reasons. For example you may change job and need time to settle in before you resume study, or you may have to go travelling with work. If you anticipate that you will be unable to work on your degree for a significant amount of time, you should be suspended from studies and enrolment. This is not a punishment – it is a university mechanism to freeze enrolment thus preventing an invoice being sent out to you a year after your initial enrolment, delaying it by the number of months you had time out. This also allows for dates in your registration time to be shifted forward by the amount of time out from study.
You must contact the course director if you wish to suspend your studies.
Should you decide to withdraw from the master's programme, you should write a letter or email to both your academic supervisor and the course director. Unfortunately, if you withdraw more than a month after enrolment, normally we will be unable to refund your fees.
Please note: any work completed should be submitted for examination as you may still obtain credit for this.
If you complete 60 credits and then withdraw from the course, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership. Should you withdraw with 120 credits, you will gain Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Leadership.