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The Masterness toolkit

The Masterness toolkit is designed to facilitate discussions and debate between all of those involved in the postgraduate student experience about the nature of master's level study.

The toolkit  has been designed to be as fluid as possible - there is no 'right way to use it' and indeed we would encourage people to develop and refine it and use it in any way they think would be helpful.  We would be very happy to hear about how the toolkit has been used.

The toolkit comprises of the following:

A set of eight 'facet' cards

Each card describes and defines a 'facet' of master's level study and gives examples of learning and teaching practices designed to develop that facet. the facets are:

Abstraction LFIP Card Autonomy LFIP Card Depth LFIP Card complexity 150

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Research LFIP Card Professionalism LFIP card Unpredictable LFIP card Blank LFIP Card

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The handbook


Mastersness handbook

Leaflet


Masterness Leaflet

Background Paper


What is Mastersness

Synthesis of case studies


Pointers for practice


This handbook contains suggestions on how you might use the toolkit.

'What does it mean to be a Master's level student?'

What is Masterness? - This paper can be circulated to participants before the workshop. It supplies more details of the thinking behind the Mastersness framework and can act as a good foundation for discussions.

Pointers in Practice - This paper can help facilitators and workshop participants explore what it is about the pointers for practice that indicates Master's level.