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Learning and Teaching Handbook

3.5.2: Postgraduate

Core Regulations for Modular Taught Masters Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

1. These Core Regulations can be found in Volume II of the University Calendar


2. The following guidelines apply to taught Masters degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

3. All postgraduate and graduate programmes are expected to comply with the following guidelines from October 1999.

4. The term 'modular programme' implies a programme comprising independent 'modules' e.g. projects, dissertations, practice, each with its own teaching and assessment, and each module ascribed a value in credits. The credit value also acts as an indicator of relative workloads for different parts of a programme of study. One credit should represent 10 hours of notional student learning hours, comprising all contact hours plus all private study time.

5. Modules may vary in size but should be valued in steps or multiples of 15 or 20 credits.

6. The number of credits required for the award of postgraduate and graduate qualifications can be found in the relevant core regulations in Volume II of the University Calendar..

7. Taught Masters programmes should include a dissertation or equivalent, unless an exception is approved by Education Committee.

8. The normal modular pattern for a Masters programme is 4 x 30 credit modules plus one 60 credit dissertation or equivalent. Variations on this pattern are acceptable provided that in no case does the dissertation or equivalent constitute more than 50% or 90 credits of a taught Masters programme.

9. Modules may be 'long and thin', spreading over the length of the programme of study or 'short and fat' lasting a few weeks only, commonly one term.

10. Where postgraduate students attend module lectures or other classes with undergraduates but are subject to separate assessment which is deemed to be at postgraduate level, the module shall have a separate module title and code, and will be considered as a postgraduate module, not counting towards the limit of credits that can be taken at Levels 1-3 on a postgraduate programme. Postgraduate students on such modules must be provided with separate tutorials/seminars.

11. For each 30 credit module, the amount of assessment should normally be equivalent to one three hour examination paper or one 5,000 word essay.