For each of the three modules students are expected to study for 200 hours.
As there is no attendance at the University required, students must commit to this study time. There are 30 hours contact time with tutors who will be online at least once per week in addition to 170 hours of student time required to complete each of the TYA Cancer specific modules (M57CPD & M58CPD). Past students estimate that they spend at least 5-8 hours per week engaging in online activity. Student engagement is regularly monitored.
Learning is mostly done asynchronously (ie. there is no set time to log in) except for tutorials, a live facilitated virtual clinical ethic committee. Part of the assessment of the Independent Study module requires a short seminar (20 minutes) delivered online.
Tutorial times are negotiated with students so as to accommodate global time differences.
Students on the Independent Study module M05HLS meet the module leader regularly to plan, implement and evaluate their programme of study. This takes the form of individual tutorials, seminars and guided study. In addition students are required to consult a specialist member of staff, as arranged through the module leader. Students are expected to work independently within the parameters set in the learning agreement. This module consists of 190 hours of self-guided study, 6 hours of tutorials and 4 hours of seminars.