The ECM programme is a 12 months taught masters which runs from October each year. The teaching component of the course is spread across three 8-week terms (starting October, January and April). The teaching comprises three core modules, electives courses, fieldtrips and hands-on workshops which provide specialist training. The assessment process is by termly essays, three examination papers linked to the core modules in the 3rd term and a summer dissertation project.
The programme has three overarching aims: