Self-Directed Study

  • The University requires students to be able to study independently.
  • This is called ‘self-directed study’.
  • Help is available to help you improve at this.

Unlike schools, which usually give set tasks and homework assignments, Universities often rely on students to build their knowledge themselves, through self-directed study. Independent studies and dissertations have an element of supervision, but you will be expected to do most of the work on your own.

Self-directed study is a useful skill, it will provide lifelong value, not just limited to your time at University.

The University’s standard module is a grouping of 20 credit points, carrying a total of two hundred hours students’ learning time and this is defined as the total learning effort required by the average student to achieve the module learning outcomes. Some students find this challenging. Some return to studies after a long time outside the education system, others are very used to the educational methods and frameworks in schools.

The Student Development and Study Skills Service has many resources to help with self-directed study.

If you are an international student, you may also find the Prepare for Success website useful – as well as general advice for incoming international students it has a lot of study skills and self-directed study advice.