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The MSc programme is delivered over 2 semesters of taught modules, followed by the 60 credit final project. The programme can also be studied part-time, with the minimum period of study being two years and the maximum five years.

To meet the educational and professional needs of each student, the programme offers three awards and exit points: Postgraduate Certificate; Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. Learning and teaching strategies are designed to promote active engagement of the student with the subject area and reflect the strong vocational emphasis of the awards.

Entry requirements

All prospective students must satisfy Cardiff Metropolitan University's admission requirements for students on Masters courses as specified in Cardiff Metropolitan University's Academic Handbook: The normal minimum requirements for entry onto Master's Degrees are:

(i) an initial related degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body (2:2 or above); or
(ii) a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission

Students who do not hold such qualifications will be assessed as to their suitability through interview, and where necessary the taking of references. Non-graduates who lack formal qualifications (i.e.: formal qualifications which marginally fall short of the normal minimum entry requirements) should be compensated for by his/her relevant work experience provided that such candidates have held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the Master's degree to be pursued.

For candidates whose first language is not English, such candidates are expected to have an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score if they have not undertaken their previous studies in the language. The IELTS score should be no lower than 6.0, with no sub score being lower than 5.5.
(i) an initial related degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body (2:2 or above); or
(ii) a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission. Students who do not hold such qualifications will be assessed as to their suitability through interview, and where necessary the taking of references. Non-graduates who lack formal qualifications (i.e.: formal qualifications which marginally fall short of the normal minimum entry requirements) should be compensated for by his/her relevant work experience provided that such candidates have held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the Master's degree to be pursued. For candidates whose first language is not English, such candidates are expected to have an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score if they have not undertaken their previous studies in the language. The IELTS score should be no lower than 6.0, with no sub score being lower than 5.5.
(i) an initial related degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body (2:2 or above); or (ii) a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission Students who do not hold such qualifications will be assessed as to their suitability through interview, and where necessary the taking of references. Non-graduates who lack formal qualifications (i.e.: formal qualifications which marginally fall short of the normal minimum entry requirements) should be compensated for by his/her relevant work experience provided that such candidates have held, for a minimum of two years, a responsible position which is relevant to the Master's degree to be pursued. For candidates whose first language is not English, such candidates are expected to have an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score if they have not undertaken their previous studies in the language. The IELTS score should be no lower than 6.0, with no sub score being lower than 5.5.

Assessment methods

In designing and deciding upon an assessment format for a module the following have been considered: The module learning outcomes and their level, with particular emphasis on the student's ability to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information derived from:
Module content; Learned knowledge from other areas/qualifications; experience; The implementation of systematic information-seeking strategies; Opportunities for students to apply their skills to specific industry/business problems; Problem-solving skills developed systematically to resolve these problems; Assessment performance criteria, as communicated to the student in the assessment briefs; The validity and reliability of the assessment methods, which are monitored by module leaders and programme teams via performance indicators; including Module Evaluation forms and external examiner comments; Time constraints and the need to ensure consistency; The use of a range of strategies through which a student can demonstrate what he/she understands or can do; The need for assessment to allow for review and reflection by the student; To this end there is a strong emphasis on coursework rather than assessment by final examination. Assessments take the form of essays, group and individual presentations, group and individual reports, a research proposal, reflective portfolios and an Independent Research Project.

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