MRS Advanced Certificate face-to-face course

Course overview

Our face-to-face course is for students who prefer to do their learning in person, and who enjoy hands-on learning in a group. These classes are more than just lectures: you’ll build on your weekly readings by completing practical tasks, you’ll share your experiences and you’ll learn from others. And if you miss a class, you can easily catch up by watching a recorded online tutorial.

All students on our face-to-face course have full access to our online learning environment. You can chat with your tutors and classmates in the online course forum at any time. You’ll also have the chance to complete a series of mock exam tasks online. You’ll get plenty of feedback on your written coursework, and your named personal tutor will be at hand to support you via email and phone. This structured, interactive learning approach will enable you to master a lot of material and keep you on track for the MRS assessment.

Cost: £1,825.00 plus VAT
Duration: Five months of part-time study
Dates and times: Classes are held Monday evenings from 1800 to 2000 BST/GMT
Next course start date: 29 August 2017; see our Course Calendar and Materials sheet for the full schedule

Please read on for detailed information. You can also request our MRS Advanced Certificate prospectus, find out whether you’re eligible to take the course or apply online now

Face-to-face study benefits

Our MRS Advanced Certificate face-to-face course has many benefits:

  • Fun and interactive classes in central London
  • Access to online tutorial recordings, allowing you to catch up if you miss a class
  • Practical insights and real life examples that you can apply on the job
  • Detailed tutor feedback on successive drafts of your written coursework
  • Personal support from a named tutor with experience delivering this qualification
  • 24/7 online course discussion forum that lets you work with classmates and ask questions outside of class
  • Weekly readings and tasks to keep you on track
  • Video lectures on essential topics to supplement your reading
  • Quizzes and mock exam tasks to prepare you for the assessment
Times, dates and locations

We offer the MRS Advanced Certificate course twice a year. You can study with us from September to January (with assessment in January) or from January to June (assessment in June).

The semester has 12 weeks, during which you’ll start writing your coursework. You’ll attend face-to-face classes in seven of these 12 weeks. You’ll receive guidance on your coursework during this time, which allows you to apply what you’re learning in a practical context. The 12-week semester is followed by an exam revision period. Please refer to the Course Calendar and Materials sheet for full details.

The face-to-face sessions take place on Monday evenings from 1800-2000 BST/GMT. They are held at our Kings Cross premises on York Way, a three-minute walk from the Kings Cross train and Tube station. Click here to view the location on a map, and here to see some photos of the venue.

You can take part in forum discussions, complete online mock exam tasks and view catch-up recordings from any location – all you need is a computer, laptop or tablet with an internet connection.

Cost and payment methods

Our MRS Advanced Certificate face-to-face course costs in academic year 2015/2016 are broken down below.

Tuition fee
MRS course registration fee
MRS exam venue fee
£1,619.00
£178.50
£27.50
Total excluding VAT £1,825.00

The above amount includes our tuition fee and personal tutor support, access to our online learning environment, as well as the MRS course registration and exam fees. It does not include the cost of the recommended course textbook, or of fees related to taking the exam outside of the UK. For more information about overseas exams, please click here.

You can pay by cheque, direct debit or BACS. We also offer self-funding students the option to pay in four equal direct debit instalments over the first four months of study. This incurs a £16 processing fee (ex. VAT).

Assessment

You’ll be required to write one piece of coursework and sit one pen-and-paper exam. For more details, please download the syllabus and read the ‘Elements of Assessment’ section.

We want you to do well and will give you lots of support. You’ll start on your coursework right away, so you can write it in tandem with what you’re learning in class. You’ll get two rounds of rigorous feedback on your coursework, plus an optional third round. The final class is devoted to exam revision and strategies, after which you’ll have the opportunity to practice with a series of mock exam tasks. You’ll get feedback on two mock exam questions associated with the most important exam topics.

Submitting your coursework drafts and final coursework assignments is easy. It’s all done via our online learning environment, so there’s no need to print multiple copies of your work or worry about it getting lost in the post. 

To learn about upcoming assessment dates, please visit the MRS website.

If you do well, you may win the MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice Award. The MRS gives this to the best Advanced Certificate candidate in each assessment round, usually someone who gets a distinction both in the coursework and the exam.

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