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Flexible modular study – University of Reading

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  • Match your studies to your needs

    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 part-time 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 residential 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. 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 of our courses share a common structure, with two important modules at the heart of each course: the integrating module and the dissertation.

  • The integrating module deals with core topics specific to the course.
  • The dissertation involves a sustained piece of research culminating in a significant piece of written work, supported through supervision and research skills classes.

Outside of these two key modules, learning is achieved in one-week modules, some core and some optional. This modular structure enables you to select modules that meet your requirements, creating a flexible course while developing a core set of knowledge and skills.

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