Assessments have been designed to test and develop both practice and academic skills. Most modules will therefore be assessed by two different types of assignments, generally one written and one presentation or reflection-based. Role plays, presentations, simulations and team projects are just some of the assessment tools used to help students develop useful skills for their careers. Students will often be able to choose the specify topic and focus of their assignment, thus ensuring maximum fit with their own professional interests and goals.
The practice-oriented nature of this MA course can be seen in the final research project undertaken in Semester 4. Crucially, students will be responsible for generating their own research topics. They will design and undertake an applied research project on the basis of a 2-3 month placement, thereby gaining crucial skills in conducting action-oriented social research.
Students will need to study and pass all the modules in the ADVANCES programme in order to ensure a coherent study package that develops well-rounded professional skills. it is nonetheless possible to specialise in particular subjects or service user groups by selecting assignment topics and expressing preferences for volunteer and practice placements.
The assessment(s) for each module can be viewed in the curriculum section of this website.