The majority of the teaching is delivered in Michaelmas Term and Hilary Term, with some revision sessions taking place in Trinity Term. Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and supervision sessions, depending on the material being studied. For example, on both the Comparative Social Policy courses and the Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation courses, the core courses include lectures delivered to the whole group, whereas the option papers are delivered via smaller classes. The methods teaching involves practical workshops in the computer lab. There is an emphasis on student interaction, opportunities for discussion and student presentations on all courses.
Each student is assigned a supervisor who will provide one-to-one supervisions. For MSc and MPhil students, these will particularly provide support for the development of the thesis. The supervisor is responsible for your progress and works with you to consider your training needs through a system of Skills Review and Training Needs Analysis. You have the opportunity to attend a variety of skills training sessions appropriate to different stages of your graduate careers, as well as training geared to your specific needs. You and your supervisor should also complete termly online reports on how you are progressing. These provide an opportunity to raise issues and address concerns.
The Course Director, Director of Graduate Studies and the course administration team are also available to offer support or signpost you to additional services. There is an extensive framework of support available within colleges, including College Advisors and Tutors for Graduates. The University also has a professionally staffed confidential Student Counselling Service which offers assistance with personal, emotional, social and academic problems.