Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. Tutorials, both individual and in small groups, are held with your MRes supervisor and enable you to discuss issues specific to your own research.
You will have access to a range of industry-standard software and equipment and laboratory facilities throughout the course.
The precise contact hours will depend on how long you take to complete the MRes and whether you study full or part-time.
During the thesis module, contact time is reduced and is based on approximately one supervision session per month.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15-18 hours of personal self-study per week, depending on the module and mode of study. Typically, this will involve reading articles, books and reports in the substantive area of study, as well as literature relating to the chosen theoretical/conceptual and methodological approaches.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes members of staff from the Research School and the Department of Geography and Archaeology. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include posters, reports, literature reviews and presentations.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the modules taken, but a typical assessment pattern for the course is:
Module 1 (RTP401 Developing and Managing Your Research)
- Researcher Development Plan based on their own personal training needs analysis (using Vitae’s ‘Getting Started in Research Lens’ as a starting point)
- Literature Review for their chosen subject area that critically evaluates current research, synthesising clearly and coherently contemporary thinking to identify key issues
- Project Plan for the duration of their study that identifies activities and their critical path, milestones and any other important events that will impact on their research
Module 2 (MRSC4001 Research Methods in River Science)
- Essay: Select a key conceptual paper in River Science and evaluate its contribution to the development of the discipline
- Poster Presentation: Design and implement a pilot study relevant to your main research project, including appropriate data analysis, and present the findings in the form of a poster suitable for an international conference in River Science
Module 3 (MRSC4002 Research Thesis Preparation)
- Essay: A critical review of the broader subject, conceptual and legislative drivers that underpin your chosen research project
- Essay: A detailed critique of data collection techniques relevant to your chosen research project
Module 4 (MRSC4005 MRes Thesis)
- Research Thesis (not to exceed 30,000 words)
You will receive feedback on draft assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.