MMedSci/Postgraduate Diploma (Vision & Strabismus)
Frequently asked questions
How much of my time will this take?
Students should expect to undertake between 10 and 14 hours of study weekly although this will vary depending on prior knowledge and experience.
What will I be expected to do?
You will work through the prepared units building up a portfolio of your work, developing knowledge, understanding and critical appraisal skills. Each Module has specific assignments which must be completed.
Are there any exams?
No. The assessment for the course is through a variety of assignments.
How will I be supported with my studies?
You will be in regular contact with a named member of staff at the University (telephone or email) and are encouraged to form links with fellow students for peer group support.
Do I have to come to the residential weekends?
Yes, unless illness or other mitigating circumstances make it impossible. The majority of students find the face to face contact with tutors and opportunity to mix with fellow students invaluable and view the residential weekends positively.
If I want to stop after 2 years and leave with the PG Diploma, can I?
Yes. MMedSci registered students can finish after 2 years of study if they wish. Similarly PGDip registered students may undertake the final third year of study to gain the MMedSci (assuming they did the Research Methods module in Year 2) if they wish.
The library where I work isn´t very good. Will this be a problem?
It shouldn´t be. You are supplied with essential reading material for each module but may need additional references for assignments. The University of Sheffield Library has a specific service for distance learning students and will supply references by post. The University is also a member of a scheme which allows students access to other University libraries around the UK, so you may be able to use one near to your home.