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MSc programme commended for promoting independent learning

21 October, 2015

A joint Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) research paper has recognised ifs University College’s MSc programme for its promotion of independent learning.

The Compendium of effective practice in directed independent learning recognised both the wider importance of independent learning in the higher education sector and ifs University College’s part-time MSc in Banking Practice and Management support of its aims.

The part-time MSc in Banking Practice and Management is a unique, specialised postgraduate qualification for aspiring senior managers in the financial services sector and is delivered fully online, allowing students to study effectively alongside their work commitments.

The MSc was included within the compendium alongside a range of examples of good practice in delivering independent learning from some of the UK’s leading higher education institutions. Highlighted as a specific example of good practice was the MSc’s structure which helps students make the transition from dependent to independent learners and the creation of a ‘safe space’ in which students can thrive.

Postgraduate Course Director Karen Taylor said:

The ethos of directed independent learning is at the heart of most, if not all, our programmes. As such, the benefits of directed independent learning, including extending subject knowledge, developing students both academically and personally, providing a network of support and offering study which is of value and relevance in the ‘real world’, are epitomised by the MSc in Banking Practice and Management.”

Steve Wilson ACIB, a current MSc student, said:

I have personally been delighted with the course content and, more importantly, the lecturers have proved to be incredibly supportive and knowledgeable, providing the stimulus for intellectual rigour and debate. The opportunity for 1-2-1 sessions is an integral part of the course and is particularly welcomed.

The supportive and collaborative nature of this course between fellow students is an invaluable source of continuous and welcomed feedback and guidance, with all students benefiting from being 'in it together' which helps build camaraderie and a ‘shoulder to lean on’ when necessary.”

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