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The seminar system is intended to familiarize students more extensively with the methodology of their chosen subject.

Methods of Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Seminar

a form of academic instruction which has the function of bringing together medium-sized groups for recurring meetings, focusing each time on a particular subject, in which everyone present is requested to participate

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Most programmes at postgraduate level include seminars.

A seminar is a form of classroom teaching containing anything from 6 to about 35 students. These involve larger groups of students than tutorials but fewer than would attend a lecture, and is also a less formal kind of instruction than a lecture.

The seminar system is intended to familiarize students more extensively with the methodology of their chosen subject and also to allow them to interact with examples of practical problems that can occur during the course of carrying out research. It is a place where relevant articles are discussed, questions are raised and debates are conducted.

At Exeter, most programmes at postgraduate level include seminars, which are essentially discussion groups chaired or led by an expert in the field who can facilitate and inform the debate.