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 written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, laboratory reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study project.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
3 formal examinations of 2 hours and 3 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
1 practical test of 2 hours duration
6 x practical files/reports
2 x individual or group presentations
3 x formal examinations of 2 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
4 practical reports
2 individual or group presentations
1 research proposal
Major independent study project of 7000 - 9000 words
1 formal examinations of 2.5 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
2 practical examinations of 1.5 hours