Our learning environment

As a master’s student at Manchester, you’ll benefit from our excellent blended learning and teaching methods.

Our approach to teaching and learning is flexible, which means your on-campus learning, including traditional laboratory-based work, lectures and seminars, will be enhanced with digital materials that you can work through when it best suits you.

Our teaching approach

Teaching and learning at postgraduate level can be quite different from undergraduate level. How you are taught will largely depend on course content, level of study and your academic tutor, but everyone will need to undertake independent study.

Most of our master’s courses are only one year long, so you will begin to specialise in topics that interest you or start to work on a particular area of research where you want to conduct further study.

Studying at postgraduate level involves a greater emphasis on self-directed study than at undergraduate level. You’ll need to think and study independently, conduct more extensive background reading and bring your ideas to seminars and tutorials for discussion and debate.

Our teaching methods are influenced by the student voice – you will have the opportunity to use yours through initiatives such as the National Student Survey.

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment – where your marks or grades for essays, projects and laboratory work during the year are considered when deciding your final mark. 
  • Exams – either in-person or online, can be daunting, but there is plenty of support available to you before and leading up to exam periods. 
  • Other assessments include presentations, written assignments, and conducting research and portfolios. 

Master's teaching and learning methods