Frequently Asked Questions

Is the easier or harder than your other MSc courses?

The module syllabus is the same for all of our MSc courses. The only difference is the mode of delivery.

How many hours of study are required? What are the tutor hours?

In total, the MSc requires 1800 hours of study. Some of these will involve following video lecture material and going through lecture notes, while other times will be self-study time. This roughly translates as one evening of study over the course of the academic year per module. Perhaps a weekend day of study could be used for 3 modules per year. Distance learning students have a dedicated student tutor who will arrange to run through problems and examination preparation at fixed times of the academic year, as well as answer student queries as they arise on a regular basis.

How do I access books and course materials?

You will need a computer with a moderately fast broadband internet connection. Once you are enrolled in UCL, you will receive a UCL computer account. This will give you access to UCL Library’s extensive e-resources, such as on-line academic journal access and e-books. The MSc course materials, such as videos, can be accessed through Moodle UCL's virtual learning environment.

When does the course start?

The course will start in October each year and will take between 2 and 5 years to complete, depending on how many modules you wish to sit each year. Three years is the normal completion time for most online students.

How is the course assessed?

Each module will be assessed by either examination or coursework. Your coursework must be uploaded to Moodle in line with the deadlines you will be given. Written examinations take place once a year at UCL approved international institutions. You will sit the same papers as our campus-based students and thus will need to sit them on the same day as these students. After completion of your project, you will undergo an oral examination via Skype for the viva as the final activity on the MSc.

How does the project work?

Just like our campus-based students, our distance learning students will be expected to find a suitable project supervisor either at their place of work or at a nearby hospital, industry location or research institute. In addition to this, distance learning students will have a secondary supervisor in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering. The project will be carried out during your degree and you will submit a report (10,000 word limit) and complete a presentation and poster on your topic.

Can I come to UCL for graduation?

Provided you meet U.K. immigration requirements, you are welcome to come to UCL for your graduation ceremony. No matter whether or not you attend the actual graduation ceremony, you will be sent your transcript and degree certificate by the university when you have successfully passed the course.