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					           Masters Degrees
Where we are now and where we are going

             Stephen Flint
        Dean of Graduate Studies
       Types of masters degrees at UoL

• (A) Tightly focussed ‘traditional’ single subject….e.g. MSc
  Computer Science or Mmus

• (B) Multi-disciplinary within a broader subject area, commonly
  run within a single Dept/School (e.g. MA 18th Century Worlds,
  School of English). Future potential to have courses linked to
  named research centres (e.g. Centre for Marine Sciences and
  Climate Change), which may span several Depts.

• (C) Inter-disciplinary modular masters degrees with multiple
  pathways, involving several Depts and (potentially) more than
  one Faculty (e.g. Advanced Science)
       Examples from existing programmes
• Master (Research Methodology)          • Master of Archives and Records
   – SES inter-disciplinary ESRC           Management [Arts Faculty]
     accredited research training           – Highly rated (inter-) national
                                              vocational programme
• Master of Public Health
   – Medical Faculty online & campus     • MSc (Product Design and
• MSc Veterinary Infection &               Management) [Engineering]
                                            – International student cohort with
  Disease Control
                                              programme enhanced by visiting
   – Multi-disciplinary, international        professors and European visit
     programme meeting professional
     and government requirements         • MSc (Microelectronics and
                                           Telecommunications) [EEE]
                                            – Overseas students attracted by
                                              excellent job placement

 Note that many are type (B)
   New PGT degree courses for 2008/09
• Science                      • SES
  – Advanced Science             – Architecture
                                 – Marine Planning and
• Engineering                      Management
  – Simulation and Aerospace     – Environmental Economics of
    Engineering                    Climate Change
• Arts                           – Lifecourse, Population and
                                   Mobility
  – Aesthetics and Cultural
                                 – Management Governance
    Institutions                   and Governance Law
                                 – Criminology and Social
                                   Policy
                                 – Criminology and Criminal
                                   Justice
    Distance-learning PGT Provision by Laureate
• Current:                           • Under development:
   – MSc (Information Technology)        –   MSc (Clinical Research Admin)
   – MSc (Information Systems            –   MSc (HR Management)
     Management)        [1000]           –   MSc (Marketing)
   – MBA                [2000]           –   MSc (Management)
   – MPH      [1st year 200]         • Under discussion:
   – MSc (Operations and Supply-         – Master of International Law
     chain Management)
                                         – MSc (Nursing)
                                         – MSc (Health Service Management

  Laureate are mainly interested in programmes popular in the
  international market and have great expertise in market research.
  Laureate have developed all the technology for the virtual learning
  environment and we should investigate how to use it to our advantage.
  MSc/MRes Advanced Science (Type C)
• Expand Provision:
  – Faculty-wide framework of MSc and MRes programmes
    based on a family of taught courses and research projects
  – MSc has greater emphasis on taught material and skills
  – Both utilise existing taught modules and research expertise
    within departments
  – Flexible provision of research projects, with supporting
    research and transferable skills and appropriate taught courses
• Simplify Approval Procedure:
  – Framework is approved at ASSC: University level
  – Pathways are developed at Departmental and Faculty level
  – Pathways must adapt rapidly to reflect research expertise
              Progress this session
• Director of Postgraduate teaching (John Fry)
• Faculty PGT Co-ordinators
• Department/School PGT Focal Points (provide a single
  point of contact for SRAO)
• Working groups exploring pathways within
  interdisciplinary themes, across Depts and between
  Faculties
• PGT Admissions Group within SRAO
               Example Type C Theme:
            MA/MSc Sustainable Environment
          (pathways to be mapped in the example areas below)

• Climate, Coast, Flooding …          • Civic design: Responding to changing
• Management of Resources               needs and resources
• Legal regulatory frameworks         • Border controls and immigration
• Sustainable energy programs         • Relating health, happiness and wealth to
• Short-term energy demands             resource management
• Political, technical, economic      • Politics of change: challenges to
  challenges of nuclear power           democracy and culture
• Economics of energy reduction and   • Education: A broad programme aimed at
  politics of prioritisation            teachers – The technical, cultural,
                                        political and economic challenges and
• Historical lessons from wartime       the necessary strategies for sustainability
  rationing and shortages
       FOM: Connections to other Faculties?
•   Existing module-sharing with other faculties
     • Tropical School programmes uses two Vets parasitology modules
     • MSc Healthcare Ethics uses modules from Law
•   Affinities and potential common ground
     • Bioscience: cell biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, physiology......
          • but much of this we’re not doing at PGT level
     • Psychology: clinical psychology/therapy
     • Social sciences, geography, economics, risk: public health
     • Veterinary: zoonoses, epidemiology, bioterrorism (CPD)
          • discussed with Paul Wigley, Vets Sciences PGT Coordinator
     • Engineering: clinical engineering
          • difficult FoM/NHS relationship at present
     • Health in Society (as proposed by JF): global aspects; chronic illness; age;
        ethics/law/responsibility; health/wealth/happiness
          • some relationship to existing programmes; markets?
     • Law School: ‘Health Law, Society and Ethics’
          • discussed with Paula Case, Director of LLM studies
China – Challenges and Opportunities
• From Sept 2010 we will have a guaranteed market of 4+1
  XJTLU students coming here for 1-year Masters programmes
• Their UG degrees are weighted towards Engineering,
  Mathematics or Management but there is the potential for
  broadening their portfolios to become ‘global practitioners’
• This means opportunities in Science, SES and Arts, which fits
  well with both existing courses and the modular systems we
  are proposing
• These are bright, highly motivated students with excellent
  English, who have studied under the UoL system for 4 years
      Next Steps (1): Over the summer
• Market research over the summer (new market research
  group in SRAO) on interdisciplinary Masters plans
• Focus group work through Alumni Board to test the
  market with employers
• Following the market research, feedback sessions and
  workshops to facilitate and expedite approvals
  processes
• Development of PGT web pages for staff, to put into
  one place everything you need for course development
  and approval
 Next Steps (2): Next session; E-learning pilots
• Multi-disciplinary MSc (Advanced Science)
  –   Taught modules available as supported VLE packages
  –   Flexibility and self-directed learning opportunities
  –   Joint supervision of research projects across the Faculty
  –   Part-time MSc with summer-school research project
• Provision of Key Skills menu (CPD, PGT & PGR)
  –   Communication skills
  –   IT and computer packages
  –   Designing and planning in groups
  –   Medical Ethics
  –   Statistics …..
                Masters Degrees
     Where we are now and where we are going
-over the last 2 years we have moved from a portfolio dominated by
‘traditional’ (Type A) courses to a mix of A and B, with a range of
topical, high quality new courses

-new, modular (Type C) courses now under development. After market
testing, these will help to expand our PGT market share and be at the
sharp end of research-led teaching (+ MRes)

-Major potential for spinning out CPD from our M course modules

-School of Graduate Studies is here to help. John Fry is the focal point

				
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