The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent studies project.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
Year 1: 5 x 3,000 word essays
Year 2: 5 x 3,000 word essays
Year 3: 4 x 3,000 word essays + 9,000 word Independent Study