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Learning and Teaching Handbook

3.6: Management of joint honours 'with' and cross department masters programmes

Undergraduate joint honours and cross-department masters degrees

1. For all undergraduate joint honours programmes (which feature an approximately equal number of credits across all levels or final hours) and cross-department masters programmes operating outwith the Combined Honours and Natural Sciences programmes, one of the two departments/schools should be nominated as the lead department and the programmes shall fall under the remit of the Faculty Education Committee of the faculty to which the lead department belongs.

2. Any proposal to change the lead department for an undergraduate joint honours or cross-department masters programme should include a clear statement as to the consequences of this change for the period of validation for the programme.

a. Where the change of lead department will not lead to the period of validation for the programme expiring before the next periodic review of the department to which the lead department status is moving, the proposal to change the lead department shall be considered for approval by the relevant Faculty Education Committee.

b. Where the change of lead department will lead to the period of validation for the programme expiring before the next periodic review of the department to which the lead department status is moving, the proposal must include provision to address this and it shall require consideration for approval by both the relevant Faculty Education Committee and Quality and Standards Sub-Committee.

3. To ensure the effective management of undergraduate joint honours and cross-disciplinary maters degrees, partner departments should either establish a separate management committee for such programmes or ensure that there is cross-membership of relevant departmental committees. Departments/schools will be expected to monitor the effectiveness of arrangements put in place for such programmes as part of the Annual Review process.

4. The effectiveness of arrangements shall be subject to consideration during periodic review of the lead department, and periodic review teams may recommend changes to the existing arrangements if they feel that this is appropriate. Similarly, should issues relating to the management of such programmes arise from any of the University's quality management processes (including, but not limited to, the consideration of external examiner reports and annual reviews, or the new programme approval process), the appropriate Faculty Education Committee or Quality and Standards Sub-Committee may recommend that the management structure be revised.

5. Responsibility for approving the framework of undergraduate joint honours and cross-department masters degrees which straddle faculties lies with the Faculty Education Committee to which the degree is attached, which should receive an assurance that the content of the degree offered by the other department is approved by the faculty to which that department/school is primarily assigned. In the case of new joint honours proposals a recommendation should be made by the two departments/schools concerning the faculty to which the degree should be attached.

Management of 'with' degrees (Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences and Health)

6. In the case of 'with' degrees (which feature an approximately two-thirds/one-third split across number of credits across all levels or final hours) offered within the faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences and Health outwith the Combined Honours programmes, responsibility for student admissions matters and general programme management shall rest entirely with the board of studies of the first-named department/school, subject to appropriate consultation and agreement with the second-named department/school and to appropriate arrangements being made for reciprocal representation on both boards of studies.