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The programme is offered on a part-time, modular basis over two years. Participants are typically professionals, entrepreneurs, project managers, (technical) managers and scientists who are currently fully active in their careers. The time available for class attendance is hence limited. Student/lecturer contact is consi-dered to be crucial. In view of the above, candidates are expec-ted to free themselves completely from other duties during class contact block weeks. Candidates will be expected to work in the evenings and over weekends during study blocks, and attendance is compulsory. The programme is structured around two class contact modules per year: The first two-week contact module is scheduled typically during February, and the second one during August. Web-based support is provided to create a virtual classroom and an e-learning experience. For this reason all students are required to have access to the Internet via a suitable browser.
Students must be able to take part in discussions using the Internet. Lecturers facilitate distance learning (group and individual activities) throughout each academic cycle. It is expected of participants to attend the contact sessions fully prepared. Pre-assignments are required for most courses. Assignments are done during and after the class contact sessions. Group interaction is emphasised as an integral part of learning and personal development. A balance between theory and practice, indivi-dual and group activity, class contact and distance support is strived for. A personal development programme is integrated into the academic activities of the MPM. The medium of instruction is English.
Students are expected to deliver a presentation on their research project at the annual symposium for final-year students. The papers of all participating candidates are published in bound symposium proceedings. The symposium is typically in November. Successful candidates to graduate in April the next year.