Weekend Study Schools
This mixed-mode, distance-learning course is designed to be completed in two years, with students studying 4 modules and completing a dissertation. Five compulsory weekend study schools take place in Malta; 3 in the first year and 2 in the second year. Students work with the academic team from Sheffield on a mixed-mode programme of lectures, seminars and workshops. Specialised library services exist for distance learning students including a wide range of electronic journals and data bases.
Our students and their learning are at the heart of our post graduate programmes with the focus on the professional interests of our students and their personal academic goals.
Students are encouraged to use the learning resources provided in ways that suit their individual learning styles. Each module begins with an introduction at a study school and a range of resources is provided as a starting point for study. Once students have been introduced to the wealth of learning resources available online through our University library facilities, they are in a position to search for additional material on topics that interest them within the broad themes of the module. Each module offers a series of starting points for thinking and reading and students are encouraged to add to this to build up their own personal collection of readings and other learning materials.
Each module assessment, and the dissertation has a broad range of choice. Within the parameters of each module, students are encouraged to identify a topic of interest to them for their written assessments. The focus of dissertation too is individually negotiated between student and tutor, so that the research each student carries out is unique, and meaningful to them.
During study schools students engage in group-work and seminar discussions and are encouraged to consider issues in the light of their own professional experience and the local context. Students also present their own work in discussion groups with their peers, and relate the issues they are focussing on to their own professional contexts as well as the international literature.
Dates of weekend study schools in 2017/18
* 6-8 October 2017
* 19-21 January 2018
* 4-6 May 2018
Dates of weekend study schools in 2018/19
* 12-14 October 2018
* 18-20 January 2019
* 3-5 May 2019
Dates of weekend study schools in 2019/2020
* 11-13 October 2019
* 24-26 January 2020
* 8-10 May 2020
*Please note: These dates may be subject to change