Students can exit the Masters programme at various points: those exiting after 60 credit points will receive an Advanced Certificate. Those exiting after 120 credit points will gain a Diploma in Advanced Studies. Those who wish to complete with a Masters will complete a 15-20,000 word dissertation. This is a supervised piece of work undertaken with a specialist in the field.
Whilst students enrolled on the MSc will be required to take four 30 point modules and a dissertation in order to complete the programme successfully, there are also opportunities for students to enrol on any of the modules in isolation as a standalone 'short course'. Those students who meet entrance criteria for the MSc or MEd (in the School of Education) may thus enrol on a short course and accumulate credit points which may eventually lead to a Diploma or Masters.