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Unit information: Supervised Individual Study (10 credit points MSc) in 2021/22

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Unit name Supervised Individual Study (10 credit points MSc)
Unit code EDUCM0041
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Feiler
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit will allow a student to conduct an individualised study and explore an area of academic and/or professional interest under academic guidance. Agreement will be on the proviso that the work done is not covered by content already available to the student in the taught part of the programme attended by the student. The student will undertake independent study in accordance with the published guidelines and produce a piece of work for assessment.

We recommend this unit only in exceptional circumstances to students who are working at a high level, as this unit requires a great deal of independent work.

The unit aims to:

  • Provide the academic freedom to enable a student to conduct an individualised study and actively engage with issues involved in submitting individually negotiated work for assessment.
  • Develop students' knowledge and understanding in the chosen topic, with critical engagement with the relevant background literature
  • Introduce practical, professional and transferable skills which are relevant to the chosen topic

Intended learning outcomes

The learning outcomes achieved by a successful candidate will have:

  • Developed knowledge and understanding by independent study
  • Demonstrating intellectual skills and attributes at an appropriate level
  • Undertaking substantially self-motivated and directed work at masters level
  • Enhanced practical, professional and transferable skills

Teaching details

The Supervised Individual Study will normally be conducted independently on the basis of an appropriate number of one-to-one meetings with the tutor who is supervising the student.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment:

The student’s work for assessment on this unit will comprise a paper of 2,000 words or equivalent, which takes the form of a report or any other product which demonstrates that the student has developed his or her ability to explore analytically an appropriate issue or area of professional and/or academic interest.

Reading and References

Key readings will be determined by the topic being investigated and are therefore not generic to the supervised individual study mode.