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    Flexible modular courses designed to fit around your commitments

Flexible modular study

Fit your studies around your commitments and create your own flexible course to suit your needs and interests.

Flexibility to suit you

All of our courses can be undertaken as either a one-year full-time course, or as a flexible modular course. Our courses are delivered on this basis in recognition that many students wish to fit their studies around work and other commitments. You can learn through intensive teaching weeks taught on campus and supported through our online learning environment.

All teaching takes place in one-week modules, Monday to Friday, usually commencing Monday at 2pm and concluding Friday at 12.30pm. Most of these teaching weeks deal exclusively with all of the teaching for one ten-credit module, some with assessed class-work during the week and the main assignment work submitted after the week. Each 10-credit module runs once for one week each year. Full-time and flexible-modular students are taught together.

Our expectation is that the flexible course will be completed within two to five years of study. Due to the modular structure you will still be able to select your own modules and shape your course to suit your needs and interests. Our flexible study options also enable you to spread the cost over the extended duration of your course, with fees charged on a module-by-module basis.

"I did my MSc in Construction Cost Management over two years while I was working. This worked really well because I received support from both my employer and the academics in the School, allowing me to balance my workload."

Ed Brown

MSc Construction Cost Management graduate

Individual courses tailored to you

All our courses share a common structure, with some important modules at the heart of each course: the integrating modules and the dissertation and research skills modules.

  • The integrating modules deal with core topics specific to the course. These run across two years of study for flexible-modular students.
  • The dissertation involves a sustained piece of research culminating in a significant piece of written work, supported through supervision and a module in research skills.

Outside of these key modules, learning is achieved in one-week modules, some core and some optional.

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