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MSc in Science - Learning Outcomes

Educational aims

This qualification will:

  • enable you to study specialised areas of science in depth at masters level
  • enable you to understand current knowledge and key issues at the forefront of contemporary science
  • enable you to understand principles and methodologies that inform current research in the in the chosen field of study
  • provide you with the tools to help you obtain and record information, synthesise and present your learning
  • provide you with support and guidance to develop as an independent learner.

Learning outcomes

The qualification provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this degree, you will have:

  • a systematic understanding, knowledge and critical awareness of the current scientific debate within the specialised areas in science
  • knowledge and understanding of methodologies and techniques applicable to advanced scholarship in your chosen areas of scientific study.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study
  • evaluate research methodologies, develop critiques and propose alternative hypotheses, where appropriate
  • deal with complex science-based issues systematically and proficiently and make sound judgements in the absence of complete data
  • make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • demonstrate advanced scholarship and originality of thought in the application of knowledge.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • undertake self-directed study to advance your knowledge and understanding in selected scientific areas
  • show evidence of, and exercise initiative and personal responsibility
  • use independent learning skills required for continuing professional development.

Key skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • communicate information and conclusions effectively, to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • continue to develop relevant new skills to a high level
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level
  • use information and communications technology (ICT) to locate information and to communicate effectively with others.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

The teaching in this qualification is via module texts, electronic media and online forums. The material provided is mostly resource-based, with on-line study guides, and you are therefore encouraged to plan your own learning programme Teaching materials use a variety of learning approaches, which may include self-assessment questions, working with audio and visual learning materials, reference electronic texts, directed reading, electronic journals, computer conferencing, and web-based resources. You will work independently with the teaching materials, but may form self-help groups with other students, communicating online in module or individual study group forums. Tutors will support learning individually and within groups, electronically.

Understanding of principles and concepts is assessed through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), and end-of-module assessments (EMAs).  You will submit TMAs electronically and receive feedback through the eTMA system. You will submit an EMA for each of the modules in the qualification. You receive feedback on all assessed work, with particular emphasis being given to the development of skills through the period of each module. Cognitive, key and practical/professional skills are developed throughout the programme in parallel with knowledge and understanding within this qualification.

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