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Taught Masters Degrees, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate courses wef 2012-13

These regulations take effect from 2012/13 for students admitted during or after September 2012.  Students admitted before September 2006 are subject to the former Regulations for Higher Degrees.  Students admitted after September 2006 and before September 2012 are subject to the former Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.

In addition to the regulations below, students will be subject to the supplementary regulations for their individual courses, which can be found at http://programmespec.nottingham.ac.uk/ and some programmes will be subject to Fitness to Practice regulations, details of which are included in relevant course handbooks.

Assessment regulations can be found online.  

Guidance on managing students with extenuating circumstances can be found online.

Information about requirements for programme-specifications can be found on the UNQF pages and Programme Specification Guidance.

Schools can obtain guidance on these regulations by emailing: pg-regulations@nottingham.ac.uk.  Students seeking advice on these regulations should contact their School/Department.

Approved Courses of Study

1. To qualify for an award a student must:

(a) pursue an approved course of study as prescribed by a programme specification

(b) pass the assessments specified in these Regulations and in the relevant programme specification.

(c) successfully complete any additional components that are required as specified in the relevant programme specification.

2. Students must select their modules in accordance with the relevant programme specification and the University’s Qualifications Framework. This selection should be undertaken in consultation with their academic tutors and shall be subject to the approval of their Head of School. A School offering a module has the right to refuse admission to that module.

3. In making their selection of modules, students must satisfy any prerequisites, corequisites or other requirements set out in the relevant module or programme specification.

4. Students may not select taught modules worth more than 75 credits in any one semester.

5. The work presented for assessment for an award of a taught postgraduate qualification must be the result of work done mainly while the candidate is registered as a student of this University.

Award of Credit

6. The pass mark for a module comprising part of a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme is 50%.

7. The module specification states how the components of the module will be combined to form a module mark and whether a particular mark must be gained in individual components of the module in order for the module as a whole to be passed. A student who passes the module will be awarded the credit for that module.

8. A student who fails to pass a module may nevertheless be awarded the credit for that module in the circumstances set out in Regulations 10 and 11 below.

9. Credit may also be awarded under the University’s policy on Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

Completion of a stage

10. Where Schools require students to pass or to perform at a particular minimum level in the taught stage of a course before progressing to the dissertation/project stage this will be explicitly stated in the programme specification.

11. A student who fails one or more modules for the taught stage of the course will still complete that stage and so be awarded the total credit for that stage provided that:

- they have passed modules worth at least 80 credits (or 40 credits for students on Postgraduate Certificate courses), and

- they have a weighted average for the taught stage of at least 50% with no module marks of less than 40%

Notwithstanding the above, if stated in the programme specifications for Taught Masters Degrees and Diplomas, module marks for up to 20 credits can be below 40% and be compensated if the student has passed modules worth at least 80 credits and has a weighted average of at least 50%.

12. A course may only have progression requirements more stringent than those stated in Regulation 11 above if there is a demonstrable requirement from a professional or accrediting external body. Students who fail to satisfy the requirements of such a course but who nonetheless satisfy the progression criteria as stated in Regulations 10 and 11 will be eligible for the award of a named non-accredited degree.

13. Regulation 11 will not apply to any module which is listed in the relevant programme specification as not compensatable. A student who fails such a module will not complete that stage without successfully undertaking re-assessment in that module. The Masters dissertation/project stage will always be non-compensatable.

Re-assessment

14. A student who, at the first attempt, has not satisfactorily completed the taught stage or dissertation/project stage of the course has a right to one reassessment in each failed module where this might enable a student to satisfy progression requirements.  All reassessments will take place in August/September immediately following the first assessment, except:

  • where a School agrees to a written request from the student to take the reassessment at a later date (such requests must be made before the August/September reassessment period;
  • where a School arranges an earlier reassessment;
  • where this is not possible owing to external constraints;
  • where different arrangements are made for distance learning or part-time students.

At the discretion of the School delivering the module, the form of the reassessment may be different from the first attempt for taught modules, provided that it tests the same learning outcomes and to the same standard. The full marks gained on re-assessment will be used for determining whether compensation can occur under the provision of Regulation 11 above.

15. Where a student has pass marks in one or more components of the module, but has failed the module overall, the School delivering the module may limit the re-assessment to the components which have been failed. The re-assessment mark for the module will then be a combination (on the same basis as in Regulation 7 above) of the marks from the components passed first time and the components which have been re-assessed.

 

16. At the discretion of a student’s School (and, if different, the School delivering the module), a student may be permitted to repeat their enrolment in failed modules (which will include attendance at all scheduled classes and submission of all coursework) before taking the re-assessments. A module specification may stipulate that, in order for a student to be re-assessed in a particular module, the student must repeat their enrolment in that module.

17. Students may not be re-assessed in modules they have already passed.

18. A student who, after re-assessment, has not passed assessments as specified in these regulations and the relevant programme specification will have no further re-assessment opportunities. However, a student may, at the discretion of their School (and, if different, the School delivering the module), be permitted one further re-assessment in up to 40 credits worth of modules provided:

(a) a mark of at least 40% has been obtained in either first or second sitting, and

(b) the student has an overall credit-weighted average of 50%.

If, after this one further re-assessment, the student has still not passed assessments as specified in these regulations and the relevant programme specification, they will have no further re-assessment opportunities.

Awards

19. A student will only receive a Masters award if they have successfully completed both the taught and dissertation/project stages of their course. A student who does not successfully complete the dissertation/project stage will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate if they have gained a pass mark of 50% or more in taught modules worth 120 credits (60 credits for the Postgraduate Certificate), or satisfy the requirements of Regulations 10 and 11 above. Schools who wish to count the dissertation mark towards the award of a Postgraduate Diploma must specify this in the course supplementary regulations.

20. Postgraduate Diplomas or Certificates awarded under Regulation 19 above will have the same subject title as the Masters course on which the student was registered, unless the programme specification states an alternative subject title for those being awarded Diplomas or Certificates.

21. The provisions of Regulations 19 and 20 above also apply to the award of Postgraduate Certificates to students registered on a Postgraduate Diploma course.

Classification

22. Postgraduate Masters, Diploma and Certificates will be awarded with Merit to students who achieve a final credit-weighted mark of at least 60% and with Distinction to students who achieve a final credit-weighted mark of at least 70%. Programme specifications may, though, additionally state any or all of the following:

(a) a mark of at least 70% must be gained in the dissertation/project stage for a Distinction to be awarded,

(b) a credit-weighted mark of at least 70% must be gained in the taught stage for a Distinction to be awarded,

(c) a mark of at least 60% must be gained in the dissertation/project stage for a Merit to be awarded;

(d) and/or a credit-weighted mark of at least 60% must be gained in the taught stage for a Merit to be awarded.

23. Marks awarded on re-assessment do not contribute to the final mark for the purpose of awarding Merits and Distinctions in Regulation 22 above; instead the mark gained on the first attempt at the module will be used. Marks awarded on re-assessment will, however, count towards attaining a Pass in the course overall.

24. Boards of Examiners have only two areas where they may apply discretion in determining classification:

(a) when a final mark falls within a borderline. In such cases the Examiners will apply the algorithm stated in the relevant programme specification to determine if the classification may be raised to the next highest classification.

(b) When a student has personal extenuating circumstances (which have not been addressed by a further attempt at the affected assessment(s) under the extenuating circumstances procedure) such that the final mark is deemed to be unrepresentative of their normal performance. In such cases the School Board of Examiners will satisfy itself by appropriate means that an exception should be made to the normal rules of classification and a decision should be reported to the Head of Student Administration. 

25. There is no discretion to lower the classification below that indicated by the final mark.

Links:

Supplementary regulations for courses running in the UK: http://winster.nottingham.ac.uk/studentcoursestructures/asp/course_search.asp

 

For information about courses running at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China:

http://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/admissions/international/pg/postgraduate-study.aspx

For information about courses running at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus:

http://www.nottingham.edu.my/Study/Postgraduate-courses/Postgraduate-courses.aspx

Assessment regulations



Extenuating Circumstances Procedures and Guidance

A flow chart covering application of progression, compensation and reassessment regulations for programmes at Masters level is available here.

A flow chart covering application of progression, compensation and reassessment regulations for Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma programmes is available here.

Schools can obtain guidance on these regulations by emailing:

 pg-regulations@nottingham.ac.uk.  

Students seeking advice on these regulations should contact their School/Department.

Last updated 4 December 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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