Study Options

Study Options

CAT’s postgraduate courses are designed to be as flexible as possible to allow you to select the mode of study that suits you best.

Choose between part-time and full-time, residential or distance (or a mix of the two), and decide what level of study you’d like to pursue.

Many of our students combine their studies with work or family life, so we offer you the flexibility you need.

Every student at CAT can access distance learning, whether you choose to study entirely by distance or attend the one on-site study week per module.

For those who study entirely by distance, it offers you even more flexibility to maintain some of your exisiting work, life or perhaps family commitments whilst studying. You will learn with the same lecturers and tutors that teaching on-site, alongside a range of visiting and guest lecturers and also with both UK and international students. Find out more about our staff here (link). Entire modules studied at distance are typically arranged as a sequence of teaching activities over an eight-week period. Students are able to set their own schedule around seminars and group work.

“Studying in CAT sitting thousands of miles away in Muscat has never been a tough one to me. I’ve never been away from the tutors and constant seminars allow me to have clarity on matters instantly. Seminars planned at different times actually allowed me to select the best time that suits me. Doing distance study helps me to continue working and studying at the same time. Moreover, the same topics are being taught whether one is doing distantly or on site. I would suggest studying in CAT distantly strongly” Sarath, Muskat

You would use our awarding bodies’ online learning environment platforms (either Moodle or Canvas), discussion apps and telephone to access:

  • Lecture recordings, slides and lecture notes to stream or download, recorded from the module on-site week.
  • Online seminars
  • Formative practical exercises
  • Group tutorials
  • Individual contact with your tutor
  • Individual contact with your designated student support officer
  • Online library access through Athens electronic journal database
  • Access to other university libraries (through SCOUNAL)

Community gathers on the platforms, where regular interaction between CAT students, academic tutors and support staff happens.

  • Group tutorials
  • Individual contact with your tutor
  • Individual contact with your designated student support officer
  • Online library access through Athens electronic journal database
  • Access to other university libraries (through SCOUNAL)

Community gathers on the platforms, where regular interaction between CAT students, academic tutors and support staff happens.

Full-time or part-time MSc?

Full-time study will take you between 6 and 18 months, depending on which award you choose (see below for details of available awards).

Part-time study requires completion of the September and November double-credit module, then a further two modules in your first academic year.

All MSc study routes start with the core September and November double-credit module.

Which level of study?

MSc awards require: core and optional modules (120 credits) + a compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) awards require core and optional modules (120 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) awards require core and optional modules (60 credits)

NOTE: Each module description on the course page provides the credit amount.

Distance Learning

Every student at CAT learns by distance either between residential study weeks or for a few modules at a time or the whole course in its entirety.

Distance learning offers you flexibility to maintain some of your existing work, life or perhaps family commitments whilst studying.

Learning by Distance

Studying at CAT sitting thousands of miles away in Muscat has never been a tough one for me. I've never been away from the tutors, and regular seminars allow me to have clarity on matters instantly. Seminars planned at different times allow me to select the time that suits me. Doing distance study helps me to continue working and studying at the same time. I would strongly recommend studying by distance with CAT.

Sarath, Muskat

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