Academic Partnership with the University of Leicester (UK)
The University of Leicester, a leading provider of distance learning, postgraduate study in the United Kingdom, has agreed to partner the NDC in facilitating a range of postgraduate studies for SC CMs at significantly discounted fees. There is also the opportunity, subject to meeting acceptance criteria, for PhD Study by separate arrangement.
The University of Leicester’s School of History, Politics and International Relations have assessed the NDC’s current academic curriculum as exceeding requirements for their Master’s module entitled “Strategy in the Modern World”, and through Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) principles, have offered a Master’s module credit on completion of the SC. This offer is without additional CM effort, to thereafter engage in a varying level of additional postgraduate study. The SC credit is valid for 5 years. Study can commence in parallel to the SC, or sequentially. The closing date for applications for the semester that begins in September 2017 is 28 August 2017; payment is required by 1 September 2017, before study commences.
Method of Study
Distance learning modules start in March and September each year, coincident with the SC, and last approximately 3.5 months. In general, the workload for a module is to read a minimum of two academic articles each week over a 10-week period, covering different topics, and then to engage through online chat-rooms with other students and academic staff. A 1,300-word academic paper critique delivers 20% of the overall module mark, with the remaining 80% allocated to a 5,000 word essay on a subject selected from a list of titles advertised at the start of each module. A full Master’s culminates with a 15,000 word dissertation. There is a window of 2 to 4 years to complete a full Master’s programme.
Postgraduate Study Options
The options for postgraduate study are the following:
- Postgraduate Certificate.Select from one of the Core Modules below: on gaining the minimum of a pass, a Postgraduate Certificate is awarded. This option is considered to benefit those already holding a Master’s, as evidence of continued personal academic development or of academic study in a second language. Effort reduction is 50% compared to non-NDC graduates on a similar programme.
- Postgraduate Diploma. Select one Core Master’s Module and then complete and pass an additional 2 Option Modules from the list below, which are Core subject-related. The effort reduction is 25% for SC CMs.
- Full Master’s. As per a Postgraduate Diploma, plus a Dissertation pass. Effort reduction remains 25% in relation to non-SC graduates.
The following Core Master’s Modules are available and relevant to Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Full Master’s studies:
•International Security Studies
•International Relations & World Order
Note: There is also a Master’s in “Intelligence and Security”. This specific field of study does not attract the SC credit, but SC CMs are offered a 10% fee discount.
The following Option Modules are offered to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or a Full Master’s programme. Option Module selection is related to the Core Module undertaken and availability of Option Modules varies per semester, subject to a minimum number of students enrolling.
• American Interventionism after the Cold War
• Intelligence and Security
There is a requirement for those with English as a second language to provide proof of meeting a minimum IELTS score >6.5, or take the University’s English language assessment test prior to enrolling.
It must be stressed that this becomes an individual relationship with the University of Leicester, with funding either provided by the individual or nationally, and not NATO. Payment is required before study can commence.