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MSc Taught Programme

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO ARE THE PROGRAMME DIRECTORS WITH OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENTS ON THIS COURSE?

Associate Professor Andrew Judge, Professor Paul Wordsworth and Mr Andrew Wainwright.

WHAT INDUCTION ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE?

At the first session of their first term, students are provided with a comprehensive programme which includes an overview of the course and the assessment methods. Students are introduced to other general facilities within the University such as access to libraries within Oxford and remotely through the Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS). The students are also introduced to the Director of Graduate Studies, the Programme Directors, Academic Administrator, Course Co-ordinator, and other relevant support staff.

WHAT IS THE OVERALL LENGTH OF THE COURSE, AND FOR HOW MANY WEEKS ARE STUDENTS EXPECTED TO WORK IN OXFORD?

This is a part-time two year course, and it is designed and structured for candidates to undertake in conjunction with their ongoing clinical training. Students are expected to attend one full day of teaching per month. In addition, students will attend three short residential sessions of 3-5 days throughout the course.

WHAT IS THE PATTERN OF LECTURES, CLASSES, SEMINARS, TUTORIALS AND SELF-DIRECTED WORK FOR THIS COURSE?

Each day allows for four teaching sessions — two in the morning and two in the afternoon of up to 1.25 hours each. Sessions can take the format of lectures, problem-based learning scenarios and case presentations. Students will be provided with a copy of the key slides for each lecture, plus associated reading lists. In addition, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed learning in their own time, to build on the information provided in the teaching sessions.

WHAT ONE-TO-ONE OR SMALL GROUP TEACHING WILL STUDENTS ON THIS COURSE RECEIVE?

Tutorials offer individual support and provide guidance on individual projects. They also provide opportunities to identify learning needs, study skills needs and check on the student’s understanding of the course material and assessment requirements as well as offering feedback on draft assignments. Due to the part-time nature of the course, individual support is often provided by email and phone.

WHO WILL TAKE OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL STUDENT’S PROGRESS AND FOR COMPLETING THE JOINT PROGRESS REPORT FORM IN EACH TERM OF THE COURSE?

Responsibility for an individual student’s progress is usually taken by the Academic Adviser, but the Programme Directors and the Director of Graduate Studies will also monitor progress of all students on the course.

WHAT WORKSPACE WILL BE PROVIDED? WHAT IT SUPPORT / LIBRARY FACILITIES / EXPERIMENTAL FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE?

Students are registered with their own colleges and have access to the NOC and JR libraries. Students are on site only part-time so there are is no fixed workspace. Students will not be undertaking any experiments, so no experimental facilities are required. When students wish to meet with their Academic Advisers, the Adviser is responsible for arranging a room in their own office, or other meeting facilities within the department. Each student has direct access to the department’s Librarian as well as OUCS for any additional support. Furthermore the Course Coordinator’s responsibilities include providing the students with direct support on a wide range of topics. The student’s first port of call with queries is usually the Course Co-ordinator followed by their Academic Adviser.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN RESEARCH SEMINARS OR GROUPS? WHAT FORMAL GRADUATE SKILLS TRAINING WILL BE PROVIDED?

Students are encouraged to attend any of the research seminars which take place in the Department. Other skills courses within the Medical Science Division are circulated by the Course Co-ordinator and students are encouraged to attend courses with specific relevance to their assessments (e.g. Writing Skills, Get That Grant, Presentation Skills).

WHAT ARE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR STUDENT FEEDBACK AND FOR RESPONDING TO STUDENT CONCERNS?

Students are asked to complete a questionnaire after each session enquiring about the quality, length and relevance of the presentations. Furthermore students are encouraged to contact the Director of Graduate Studies with any other concerns that are not covered by the questionnaires.

WHAT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND SOCIAL FACILITIES WILL BE MADE FOR STUDENTS ON A GRADUATE TAUGHT COURSE?

Students do not generally live in Oxford and travel to Oxford one day per month to attend the teaching sessions. Each student is affiliated with his/her College and as such is free to use the College’s facilities whenever they in Oxford. If the student wishes to use the accommodation facilities within their College they are encouraged to contact their College representative directly.

WHAT ARRANGEMENTS ARE IN PLACE FOR PASTORAL AND WELFARE SUPPORT?

There are many people within the Department to provide pastoral and welfare support including the Academic Advisers, the Directors of Graduate Studies, the Programme Directors, the Academic Administrator and the Course Coordinator. If a student requires specific support that cannot be met by the above, then arrangements are made for the student to be advised by the appropriate tutor based at their College.

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