What You Need to Know

Making an Informed Decision

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need.

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln. 

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students’ safety is our primary concern. 

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students’ learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace. 

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better. 

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible – obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE. 

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community. 

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644. 

Modules and Areas of Research

The modules which are currently being delivered for each taught course are listed in full on our website. In addition to the core modules all students on the course must study, there may be a range of optional modules which enable you to tailor your degree to your interests. Optional modules run dependent on demand and the availability of staff and facilities to teach them. The options for areas of research for research programmes are also listed on our individual course pages, detailing the studies and partnerships in which our academics are currently involved.

Validation/Revalidation

We want to ensure that the programmes we offer are relevant and reflect changes in subject areas and developments in industry. To do this, we may introduce new courses or update existing ones. The process of approving the new or updated content is known as ‘validation’ or ‘revalidation’. You may see “Subject to Validation” or "Subject to Revalidation" on some course pages on our website. Please see the indivdual course pages to find out the current validation status of a course.

Staffing

During your studies you may be taught by a range of academics, including lecturers, demonstrators, technicians, senior lecturers, professors, practitioners, and visiting experts. You may also be supported in your learning by other students. You can find out more about the staff involved in teaching on our staff webpages or at one of our Postgraduate Open Days.

Contact Hours

Owing to the nature of postgraduate programmes, a significant proportion of your time will be spent in independent study and research. Research students will have meetings with their academic supervisors, however, the regularity of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of the programme. For taught programmes, weekly contact hours may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on your course will vary depending on the subject and the type of postgraduate programme you select. A taught programme could include a written dissertation, exams, presentations, and projects. A research programme could include a thesis, oral examination, and presentation to a group of research academics. You may be expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding. Please see the indivdual course pages to find out more.

Awarding Body

All degrees are awarded by the University of Lincoln, which is regulated by the Office for Students.

Research Fees

The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) research fee support level. A full breakdown of research fees can be found on the indivdual course pages of this website.

Research Support Fees

Research students may be required to pay Research Support Fees (commonly known as ‘Bench Fees’) in addition to the standard tuition fee published by the University. This covers a wide variety of items or activities which are essential to carry out the research, including project costs, the cost of specialist resources, equipment or materials, travel and conference attendance, books and laptops, as well as access to any specialist collections that may be required to support research projects. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis.

Research Support Fees normally apply to science-based courses. However, please get in touch with the department you are applying to if you wish to discuss this prior to application. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place.

Additional Costs

In addition to the Research Support Fee, there may be additional costs such as materials for arts-based courses or field trips. If a work placement or trip forms part of your study, you will be required to fund any associated transport or travel costs.

Contact Us

If you have an questions about your postgraduate course or studying at Lincoln, please contact our Postgraduate team.

Enquiries

T: +44 (0)1522 886644 

E: pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk