Mode of Learning
The programme entails extensive distance
learning activities in conjunction with periods of direct contact teaching.
Delegates admitted to the postgraduate
MSc programme are required to complete taught modules selected with
academic guidance and, where appropriate, a project which is normally
undertaken in their place of work. Delegates are able to select combinations
of modules to meet their specific requirements and to gain sufficient
credits for the selected academic award.
Modules (15 credits each)- the
core activity of each module is a one week residential taught period
involving typically 35 contact hours of study which includes a minimum
of 20 hours of lectures supplemented with tutorials, problem solving
sessions and laboratory/workstation demonstrations. Before and after
the residential week there are distance learning periods when directed
reading, assignments, exercises and tutorials are undertaken. These
pre- and post-activities carry notional study times of 35 hours and
80 hours, respectively, when delegates study at home or at their workplace
using the facilities of the Internet to communicate with tutors, lecturers
and fellow delegates.
Typical Module Structure
Projects (MSc course: 60 Credits)
- normally the project is undertaken in the delegate's place of
work under terms to be agreed by both the academic and industrial supervisors.
In exceptional cases arrangements will be made for projects to be undertaken
at an alternative location (approved by the Programme Director and endorsed
by the Board of Studies), which might be an alternative industrial facility
or university laboratory. The Project normally entails an in depth investigation
of a real manufacturing issue which is of interest to the host company
Mini-project option (Diploma course:
15 Credits) - delegates registering for the postgraduate Diploma
have the option of taking a Mini-project as an alternative to one taught
module (i.e. their eighth module). The mini-project may be either a
literature survey with a critical assessment of the technical material
or an experimental project. The delegate will be assessed upon presentation
of a mini-dissertation containing details of the work undertaken, the
results obtained and detailed conclusions.
The Diploma Mini-project is compulsory
at the universities of Liverpool, Newcastle and UMIST.