Plans for the upcoming 2021/22 academic year
Public Health has never been more important. At a time of national and global crisis, we are swiftly adapting to changes and maximising opportunities for enhancing learning on our Public Health MSc. As a Public Health team, our priority is the safety and well-being of our students. Here is what you should know about the upcoming academic year (2021-2022).
The academic year will start as normal and term dates will not be changed. However, teaching will be delivered by a blend of online and in-person teaching, and we have adapted our timetables, teaching methods and course content to make the most of this approach. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time.
For students who are unwilling or unable to do anything in person, it will not be possible to complete all coursework remotely via online engagement in 2021 as the university regulation requires blended approach. We are planning to deliver module teaching sessions virtually with a mix of live streamed and pre-recorded lectures, as well as moderated online discussions. One-to-one tutorials and dissertation supervision meetings with the course tutor, the course lead and your supervisor(s) will be conducted face-to-face.
We understand that international students may need additional support to adapt to the blended learning model during the pandemic. Additional support through one-to-one meetings will be available.
We also recognise that some students might have personal challenges due to caring responsibilities of young children and elderly parents, poor access to technology and various other issues. We will ensure that we will adopt a flexible approach (e.g. alternative dates for tutorials, extended deadlines for assignment submissions etc.) to accommodate your needs in line with your personal circumstances.
Praise for our blended approach during the pandemic:
"I really enjoyed having representation from around the world (people with different nationalities and interests). I enjoyed how thought provoking some of the sessions were."
"I thought the course was excellent and the standard of teaching was exceptional."
“I really enjoyed hearing from different experts as well as learning about the vast opportunities offered within Public Health which most people may not know of.”
“Excellent and varied presentations from people who are very passionate about the subject matter. I enjoyed group interactions and discussions. I feel I was given a broad and solid foundation in Public Health.”
“I really enjoyed the interactive element of the course, particularly as we aren’t able to meet in person this year.”