Information for Prospective Students

Introductory course information

When can I expect to receive a timetable?

We aim to provide new students with an indicative timetable 4 weeks before the start of term. This may be subject to change, particularly in the first few weeks of term as study groups settle and we accommodate option choices.

Entry requirements

Recognition of prior learning

In some cases applicants will have undertaken prior certificated or experiential learning elsewhere that could be used as credit towards their programme of study.

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Course structure and delivery

How is the academic year organised?

The academic year is structured into three terms:

Teaching and examinations normally continue until June with reassessments held in August.

The building blocks of a course

We have a modular course structure, based on academic units. Each unit normally has a value of 15, 30 or 60 credits, although other variations may apply. Students studying for an undergraduate degree take a total of 120 credits per level (which, for full-time students, equates to an academic year). A 3 year degree qualification therefore typically comprises of 360 credits.

Module information

Optional modules

We make every effort to ensure that optional units run but minimum student numbers are normally required. In addition, some optional units require specific staff with expertise in the relevant area, whose availability we cannot necessarily always guarantee.

Teaching and learning

Independent learning

You will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed and independent learning in addition to the timetabled classes you will be required to attend. This amount of time will vary but will typically be around 800 hours for the year.

Teaching undertaken by postgraduate research students

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, who are experts in their chosen field. Some teaching may be undertaken by postgraduate research students, keen to pursue an academic career and share their passion for the subject with you. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of department staff can be found in the course details on the website.

Assessment and feedback

Formative assessment

Formative assessments are developmental and are an opportunity for you to test how well you understand the topic and how you approach assessment. They do not count towards your formal (summative) assessment results. Where possible, programmes aim to have at least one piece of formative assessment within the first few weeks of the start of the programme. This enables rapid diagnostic feedback that, if necessary, identifies any study skills needs, which our teams can support you with.

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You will receive feedback on all formative and summative assessments undertaken by coursework. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of course-work hand-in. Feedback on examination performance is not normally provided unless expressly requested.