Thursday, October 15, 2015

Three MScs, two ways of studying and one study week

Three MScs:
MSc Construction Project Management
MSc Project Management in the Built Environment
MSc Construction Project Management and BIM

Two ways of studying:
About half of our students study full-time on campus at Oxford Brookes and the other half study via open-learning using a combination of online learning and the campus-based study weeks. Both methods of study make use of an applied approach to learning known as 'problem based learning'.

One study week (the first of 4):
The October 2015 Study Week brought the full-time and open-learning students on the MSc Project Management in the Built Environment, the MSc Construction Project Management and the MSc Construction Project Management with BIM, together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and to share experiences.

There are four study weeks each year (two each year for open-learning students) which link the three MSc programmes and bring together students and staff on campus to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry. The full-time students feel that they benefit greatly from being able to interact with the open-learning students who are already working in industry (UK and overseas). For the open-learners, there is the opportunity to meet the teaching staff and other students face-to-face which contributes greatly to the feeling of belonging. 

Back to the most recent study week. As well as the official welcome, groups sessions, guest lectures, careers talk and CIOB event, there was a special welcome meal for the new open-learning students and a series of local field trips for all the students. The staff even had time to take some photos (click on the blue links for more information)...

Interactive session with Esra Kurul (People, Leadership and Organisations)

Field trip to the site of the new basement library for Queen's College, Oxford

The Westgate redevelopment site (photo courtesy of Laing O'Rourke)

Field trip to the redevelopment site at 43 Cornmarket, Oxford

The organisation and the concentrated nature of these intensive study periods has been praised by our students who particularly like the site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts that are a major feature of the study periods. Find out more about previous study periods on the blog here.

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