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Postgraduate taught course changes 2020

Across Teesside University we are committed to ensuring a safe environment to provide the very best student and learning experience – offering a blend of on-campus and online learning.  

The following information relates to postgraduate taught courses from September 2020. Please click on your individual subject area for any specific changes.

Covid-secure

We have followed Government guidance to ensure Teesside University is Covid-secure, taking all the necessary action to keep our University community safe and well.
More information on your student experience for 2020

Changes to all course delivery

Our flexible, hybrid teaching model means you can expect to spend some time learning online and some time learning on campus, in small group classes. The system is flexible enough to cope with any changes announced to social-distancing measures.

You can complete most online learning flexibly - so even if you are unable to join us on campus at the start of the academic year, you will still be able to engage in your learning.

On-campus learning prioritises components of your course that can’t be delivered online, enabling access to specialist facilities and resources that are a key part of your course.

Here are the key differences in course delivery from previous years:

  • Lectures will be delivered online, including interactive activities with your tutors.
  • Full-time students can expect a minimum of four hours a week, on average across the semester (two hours a week for part-time students) on campus.
  • Under the hybrid delivery model, you will actively engage in learning specifically designed for your course – delivered through Blackboard or other virtual learning environments.
  • You will be supported through regular online communications with your tutors.

Placements

For most courses, there is no placement requirement in Year 1, Semester 1. It may be possible for you to go on your placement by the time it’s due to take place.

If you are scheduled to go on placement in Semester 1, we will be in touch about whether this is likely to be permitted under current and expected social distancing guidelines. If it isn’t, we will advise on the alternate arrangements to ensure you meet your course requirements.

Subject-specific changes to course delivery

Business, Accounting, Marketing & Enterprise

  • Doctorate in Business Administration
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration (Applied)
  • MA Human Resources Management
  • MA Human Resources Management (Applied)
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc International Management (Applied)
  • MSc International Management (Accountancy)
  • MSc International Management (Accountancy) (Applied)
  • MSc International Management (Digital Business)
  • MSc International Management (Digital Business) (Applied)
  • MSc International Management (Human Resource Management)
  • MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) (Applied)
  • MSc International Management (Marketing Management)
  • MSc International Management (Marketing Management) (Applied)
  • MSc International Management (Operations)
  • MSc International Management (Operations) (Applied)
  • MA Leadership
  • MA Leadership and Coaching

Your on-campus learning will prioritise aspects of your course that we are less able to deliver online – for example, where you need access to specific equipment or resources.

Our part-time MBA course that incorporates our SLMA apprenticeship will be delivered online with selected sessions being delivered on campus.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online. 

Industry engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact. 

Computer Animation & Visual Effects

  • MA Animation
  • MA Visual Effects

Industry engagement

Opportunities to develop your professional skills and meet recruiters through our Expo Series, Animex Festival and Student Futures activities may take place online. 

Computer Games

  • MA 3D Games Art
  • MA Games Design

Industry engagement

Opportunities to develop your professional skills and meet recruiters through our Expo Series, Animex Festival and Student Futures activities may take place online. 

Computing & Web

  • MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc Applied Data Science
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence with Data Analytics
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Computing
  • MSc Cybersecurity
  • MSc Data Science
  • MSc Financial Technology (FinTech)
  • MSc IT Project Management

Industry engagement

Opportunities to develop your professional skills and meet recruiters through our Expo Series, Animex Festival and Student Futures activities may take place online. 

Crime, Forensic & Investigative Sciences

  • PgCert Forensic Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship in Custody or Sexual Offences
  • MSc Crime Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • MSc Crime Intelligence and Data Analytics (with Advanced Practice)
  • MSc Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation
  • MSc Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation (with Advanced Practice)
  • MSc Forensic Science
  • PgCert Advanced Forensic Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship in Custody or Sexual Offences

No subject-specific changes.

Criminology & Sociology

  • MSc Criminology
  • MSc Criminology (Social Research Methods)
  • MSc Criminology (Social Policy)

Community engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online.

Design

  • MA Design
  • MA Design (with Advanced Practice)
  • MA Visual Communication
  • MA Visual Communication (with Advanced Practice)

You can expect to attend the campus for a minimum of five hours a week across the taught modules of the course.

Workshops

You will have managed access to workshops, facilities and technical expertise to support your art and design practice. A booking system will be in place to enhances your timetabled access to prioritised workshop activities.

Education, Early Childhood & Youth

  • PGCert Applied Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in Education
  • MA Education
  • MA Education (Early Childhood Studies)
  • MA Education (Educational Leadership)
  • MA Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • MA Education (Trauma Informed Practice)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Education and Training
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) Education and Training
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Education and Training with Teaching English (Literacy)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Education and Training with Teaching Maths (Numeracy)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Education and Training with Teaching Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Academic Professional)
  • MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Community engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online.

Engineering

  • MSc Aerospace Engineering
  • MSc Chemical Engineering
  • MSc Civil and Structural Engineering
  • MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems
  • MSc Instrumentation and Control Engineering
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc Oil and Gas Management
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering
  • MSc Project Management

Advanced Practice

Internships may still be possible, however, vocational internships are subject to completing the appropriate risk assessments.

Exams

These are delivered online and follow best practice guidelines from relevant authorities and professional bodies. Extracurricular projects and design challenges. These are continuing where possible, most likely online.

Industry engagement

These are continuing where possible. Site visits are unlikely to take place, however industry speakers may be able to attend some online classes.

English & Creative Writing

  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA English

Community engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online.

History

  • MA History
  • MA International Relations

Community engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online.

Home Design, Construction & the Built Environment

  • MSc Advanced Home Futures

You will have managed access to workshops, facilities and technical expertise to support your design practice.

Law, Policing & Investigation

  • MSc Criminal Investigation
  • MSc Law and Policy
  • LLM

Community engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online.

Life & Physical Sciences

  • MSc Advanced Biomedical Science
  • MSc Bioinformatics
  • MSc Bioinformatics (with Advanced Practice)
  • MRes Biological Sciences
  • MSc Environmental Management
  • MSc Environmental Management (with Advanced Practice)
  • MSc Food Science and Biotechnology
  • MSc Food Science and Biotechnology (with Advanced Practice)
  • MSc Microbiology
  • MSc Microbiology (with Advanced Practice)

No subject-specific changes.

Media & Communications

  • MA Digital Media and Communications

No subject-specific changes.

Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MRes Clinical Research
  • MRes Clinical Research and Evidence-based Medicine
  • PgCert Clinical Research and Evidence-based Medicine
  • MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (IAPT)
  • MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-registration)
  • MSc Dietetics (Pre-regisration)
  • Doctor of Professional Practice
  • MSc Forensic Radiography
  • MCh General and Minimal Access Surgery in Urology
  • MCh General and Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • MSc Global Leaderhip and Management in Healthcare
  • MSc Global Leaderhip and Management in Healthcare (Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship)
  • MSc Health and Social Care Sciences (Generic pathway)
  • MSc Human Factors and Patient Safety
  • PgCert Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health (Applied)
  • PgCert Medical Ultrasound
  • PgDip Medical Ultrasound
  • MSc Midwifery Studies
  • MSc Nursing Studies (Adult) Pre-registration
  • MSc Nursing Studies (Child) Pre-registration
  • MSc Nursing Studies (Learning Difficulties) Pre-registration
  • MSc Nursing Studies (Mental Health) Pre-registration
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)
  • MCh Orthopaedics
  • MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
  • MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • PgCert Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)
  • PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)
  • PgDip/MSc Specialist Practice in District Nursing
  • Professional Graduate Certificate Specialist Practice in District Nursing
  • MCh Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • MCh Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

No subject-specific changes.

Psychology

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • MSc Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • MSc Psychology
  • Doctorate in Psychology (Top-up)

Community engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online.

Social Work

  • MA Social Work

Community engagement

Where learning would normally include interaction with external stakeholders off campus, we will seek to undertake this if and when it becomes possible. Otherwise we will use alternative methods as appropriate, for example through online contact.

Assessment

Your course has a range of assessment opportunities - these are likely to include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, problem solving and a research project or dissertation. Assessments will typically be submitted or undertaken online.

Sport & Exercise

  • MSc Sport and Exercise
  • MSc Sports Physiotherapy Studies
  • MSc Sports Rehabilitation

No subject-specific changes.

The Arts

  • MA Fine Art
  • MA Illustration

Workshops

You have managed access to workshops, facilities and technical expertise to support your art and design practice. A booking system enhances your timetabled access to prioritised workshop activities. Fine art studio spaces will be timetabled and not available as a permanent student studio space.


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