Part-Time Studying

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Part-time students will take two years to complete this degree by attending one day a week. You will be expected to devote extra time for private study and you will also have to attend lectures for your optional module which may fall on a different day than your assigned day of study. The project work should be spread out over the two years and students are strongly encouraged to make substantial inroads in to it in their first year.  Please ensure that you have (a minimum of) one whole day per week off work for the whole year and not just during term time.
 Part-time students can sometimes find the start of the course overwhelming, and feel that they are missing out by not attending the other modules, or because they do not have as much time as other students for reading or attending optional departmental seminars.  Try not to let this worry you too much.  You will soon find that there are some advantages to doing the course in two years (e.g. project is more spread out), and you will go in to your second year with the confidence of knowing that you have far more background knowledge than your newly-arrived full time peers.
What part-time students will complete over the two years:
First Year:
* Term 1 (Sept-  Dec): TWO core modules: (Principles of Cognition & Stats) Attend  Monday.
* Term 2 (Jan - March): ONE core module: Judgement and Decision Making (attend Wednesday).
You will also need to complete ONE optional module. You can choose a module that starts in Term 1 or Term 2.
* Term 3 (April+): Main research project (to be completed by end of second year).
By the end of Year 1 you will have completed: 3 core modules and 1 optional module.
Second Year:
* Term 1: TWO core modules: Introduction to Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Mini Project (MATLAB). (Attend Wednesday).
* Term 2: ONE core module: Knowledge, Learning and Inference (Monday).
You will also need to complete ONE optional module. You can choose a module that starts in Term 1 or Term 2.
* Term 3: Work on main research project due end of August.
By the end of Year 2 you will have completed an additional 3 core modules, 1 optional module and your main project.
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