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Hi,

I'm currently in the process of applying to study a Msc in Computer Science at MMU. Something I am concerned about is the amount of contact hours/how often lectures are for the course. I have a part time job (20 Hours- 4hrs per day) that I will need to keep whilst studying for in order to pay for rent.

I'm pretty sure my job will allow me to be flexible, it's just HOW flexible am I going to need to be? The course states its 80% independent study with only 20% being lectures and such. However I don't know how many lectures the average Masters has, so even though that 20% seems small - it could still mean a lot of lectures, no?

If anyone who has studied this exact course can enlighten me that would be great. Or even anyone who has studied a masters at MMU in a similar course would be helpful.

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(Original post by NirvanaGriff)
Hi,

I'm currently in the process of applying to study a Msc in Computer Science at MMU. Something I am concerned about is the amount of contact hours/how often lectures are for the course. I have a part time job (20 Hours- 4hrs per day) that I will need to keep whilst studying for in order to pay for rent.

I'm pretty sure my job will allow me to be flexible, it's just HOW flexible am I going to need to be? The course states its 80% independent study with only 20% being lectures and such. However I don't know how many lectures the average Masters has, so even though that 20% seems small - it could still mean a lot of lectures, no?

If anyone who has studied this exact course can enlighten me that would be great. Or even anyone who has studied a masters at MMU in a similar course would be helpful.

Thanks
Hi NirvanaGriff

I hope this information on attendance for MSc Computer Science helps! Please only use this as a guide, timetables can change from year to year!

In full-mode mode, you study 120 credits of taught units plus 60 credits of MSc project in one year (180 credits in total); in full-time with placement option, the course has another full year, with the placement taking place between taught units and MSc project. The placement option is available only in full-time mode of study. For part-time, those 180 credits are to be done over two or three years, with a minimum of 60 credits per year.


Typically, for a 15 credit unit, there are 5/6 contact hours per week - normally, in-person, on-campus. Normally, for a 15 credit unit, this corresponds to around 150 hours over 7 weeks. Usually, full-time students study two 15 credit units a time and part-time students will study online one 15 credit unit at a time. Therefore, for full-time attendance, you should be in university on campus for at least two full days a week.


You will also have directed tasks to be completed before and after the teaching sessions, and you will need to allow yourself time for Independent study.

I hope this helps!
Carly
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