I've had my fair share of teachers who give so much more load than the previous teachers of the same subject. A whole extra project, much more papers, or exercises, etc.

The bigger problem is that there comes a time where in a single semester, several of the teachers think this way, and MOST of them give an extra project/exercise EACH, on top of the current curriculum projects.

This strains the students too much.

How should a student approach these types of situations?

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    Easily. Does the required homework, pass the courses with good grades and moves on.
    – Alexandros
    Nov 15 '14 at 15:51
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    How do you deal with a boss which asks you to work more than other bosses? What if he gives you a project with a tight deadline?
    – Nick S
    Nov 15 '14 at 15:52
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    @NickS That comparison doesn't work. In a workplace situation, one typically only has one immediate boss. It's up to them to manage the competing demands on their group's time from different customers and different parts of the company. Nov 15 '14 at 17:38
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    @DavidRicherby Sadly, this isn't at all what it is like in companies. (Almost) nobody is in one project only nowadays, and almost nobody has exactly one boss.
    – xLeitix
    Nov 15 '14 at 18:41
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    @DavidRicherby your one boss is not going to be happy when you complain about having too many projects. In fact he's not going to be happy to hear anything about any of them at all, besides that they're complete and ready to ship.
    – user18072
    Nov 15 '14 at 22:32

This is just what you should be expecting from your postgraduate degree. Each module is special. It should push you further than any undergraduate module would.

You are also now assumed to be a grown-up, and to learn how to manage your own workload, and to balance competing demands on your time and energy. Part of what a Masters or Doctorate course does, is to teach you research skills, and project management. These are (at least, in the courses I've been involved with), an important part of the process.

If you are having trouble balancing your workload, talk to your personal tutor, the graduate tutor or whoever else it is who's been assigned to you by the department to manage these cross-module issues.

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