Your Learning Experience

Teaching Methods

Our supported distance learning courses are delivered online. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, will be the primary mode of course delivery in terms of teaching facilities, provision of course materials and, importantly, student support. The School team take the delivery of distance learning very seriously and will make every effort to make the experience enjoyable and rewarding. Therefore establishing mutually understood working relationships will be a key aspect of this mode of teaching.

You will be supported by a dedicated team of tutors and support staff available through Blackboard and email. To make distance learning work for you, you will need to develop or refine your skills in time-management and self-motivation, as well as commitment to academic study. This can be very demanding and so the course team offers you support by email, discussion groups and telephone. You will be encouraged to contact other students to share views, ideas and issues and to create a virtual student community. We also offer strong library provision for our distance learning students including use of the Leicester Digital Library. At every stage of your Distance Learning studies you will feel the benefit of Leicester’s expertise in this field and the friendly support of the course team.

Special materials

Because of the online nature of the course delivery through the use of Blackboard, distance learning students will require Information and Communication Technology facilities. You will also need to make sure that you have regular access to the internet in order that you can interact fully with Blackboard to access the online readings and contribute to online discussion forums and Wikis. Further, to make full use of Blackboard you may prefer to have a Broadband connection.

Study time

You will need to set aside approximately 12-15 hours per week for studying.

Course Structure

All of our MA courses (with the exception of the MA in Intelligence and Security) follow the structure of one core and three optional taught modules and the dissertation. An overview of this MA course structure is available here.

The MA in Intelligence and Security has four core taught modules and the dissertation. An overview of the MA in Intelligence and Security course structure is available here.

Taught modules for all programmes commence in March and September each year and are followed either by a six week part-dissertation module, or the final 12 week dissertation writing up stage for students on their final taught module. Each taught module, dissertation study period, reassessment periods (if required), and scheduled breaks cover approximately 26 weeks in total.


Each taught module requires the completion of a range of on-line activities (E-tivities) both formative and summative, these include: literature reviews; critical analysis; journal article analysis; and essay planning.

The majority of the marks for each taught module will be awarded to a 5,000 word module essay.  There is no examinable component.

The dissertation module is assessed by a 12-15,000 word dissertation which will be chosen by the student in consultation with an expert member of staff.

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Distance Learning Contact Details

College of Social Science Distance Learning Hub
5th Floor, Parkside
Charles Wilson Building
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3755