Frequently Asked Questions

What are the contact hours for full time and part time study?

The contact hours can vary during each term but as a rough guide line for full-time study you will attend 2-3 days a week and part-time study is usually 1 days per week. We can send you more guidance on this relating to individual courses so please contact the department for more details if needed. Do note this is only contact time, you are expected to undertake independent study on top of this.

How much choice do I have with optional modules?

This will vary depending on the masters course that you are studying. Each course has minimum of 1 optional module with some having 2.

Can I take modules in other departments?

Yes. Again this will depend on the masters course that you study as to whether this is suitable but it is an option for some. You can discuss this fully with your course leader when you arrive and they will advise you on what is best for your interests and your course.

Will I receive English language support during my course?

Yes. The department works in collaboration with the English Language Teaching Centre to ensure you have access to English language lessons and support throughout the course. We have both department specific language support classes as well as generic support from the ELTC. There is also student skills support available through the University’s 301 Centre.

How will I be assessed?

Each course is assessed using a variety of techniques depending on the nature of the module and the work undertaken there. This varies from project reviews to portfolio presentations to essay assignments. The assessment will also vary between individual and group work assessments.

I want to do a PhD. How will a masters help?

In all of our masters courses you will learn a set of research methodologies that will prepare you for a PhD. The masters courses will also be an opportunity to develop a certain topic or issue in more depth which can be taken forward into a PhD. Furthermore, you can choose a written master thesis option over the summer in order to produce a first piece of substantial academic writing.

I don't want to do a PhD. How will a masters help?

All our masters courses have a strong praxis element within their curriculum. You will learn a set of tools, skills, communication techniques and subject specific knowledge that prepares you for a profession with a specialism in Digital Design, Urban Design, Sustainability etc. It is widely acknowledged that a Master Degree will increase your job prospects.

I can't afford to study full-time. Can I study part-time?

We offer part-time study on all of the masters courses except the MA in Architectural Design. However, the part-time routes depends on your Visa regulations.

I am an overseas student. Will the masters be very different for me?

The educational system, environment and culture may be very different from your home country therefore it may take some time to adjust. However the department and the University are very well equipped to support you through this transition and help them make the most of your time studying abroad. You are allocated a personal tutor within the department who can support you with any academic difficulties and the University has a dedicated International Support Team to assist with anything else.