• Four week-long residential workshops in Cambridge, usually in August/September and March/April of each academic year.
• E-learning via a virtual learning environment between the residential workshops.
• Two individual work-based assignments.
• A group project around an area of mutual relevance.
• An individual research dissertation.
The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Participants are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from academia, business government and civil society.
A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, benchmarking against other organisations, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment.
It is estimated that over the course of the Master's participants will need to set aside 360 hours, apart from the 24 days of residential workshops, to complete the programme successfully. This is an average across the whole programme for a typical student, and variations in individual approaches to scheduling and learning can result in weeks where the workload may be heavier or lighter. Students are provided with all substantive tasks and deadlines at the start of the programme, so they can plan in advance in order to help spread the work evenly across the two years.