How You Study

Whichever course you study, you will benefit from cutting-edge technology and a variety of innovative teaching methods, such as lectures from leading academics with international reputations in their field, seminar discussions with your peers, one-to-one time with your tutor, opportunities to work with academics on real research projects, hands-on practical workshops, and extracurricular skills development programmes. You will also be expected to learn through self-directed study.

Below is a brief description of the different types of study you will encounter as a student at the University of Lincoln.


Lectures are formal presentations by academics to large groups, usually in a lecture theatre. Students will often take notes and there may be the opportunity to ask questions at the end.


Seminars are less formal classes of around 10 students. They are usually theme-based and students take part in the general discussion. Students may be asked to bring presentations or work with them to share with the group.


Tutorials can be one-to-one or a small group session with an academic tutor. It is an opportunity for students to discuss work progress, a particular essay or any problems they may be having.

Laboratories and Studio Work

Most subjects require students to conduct practical work in laboratories or studios. This is usually under the guidance of academics or technicians, or can be self-directed. Safety is paramount and all labs and studios will have staff on hand to assist students.

Independent Learning

All students will undertake self-directed study. This will enable you to take greater responsibility for your own learning and to develop life-long transferable skills - more about independent learning.

Notional Learning and Academic Credit

Details of notional learning and academic credit (where 1 credit point equals 10 notional learning hours) is detailed in the University's Quality Assurance Manual, Programme Development Guidance.