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University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework (UNQF)

1. A University of Nottingham credit equates to 10 hours of notional study. Credits are awarded by the University at the levels described in Appendix B which themselves relate to the Quality Assurance Agency qualification descriptors given in Appendix A.

2. The number and level of credits which need to be gained for each taught award of the University is as follows:

Credits in Total and by Stage
      Period of Registered Study (full-time).    Approval may be given for these lengths to be varied for individual programmes
Foundation Certificate (FCert) 120 credits at level 0 or above   2 semesters
Undergraduate Certificate (UGCert) 120 credits at level 1 or above   2 semesters
Undergraduate Diploma (UGDip) 240 credits with at least 90 credits at level 2 or above

Qualifying Stage: 120 credits at level 1 or above

Part I: 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 2 or above 

1 year 9 months
Ordinary Degree 300 credits with at least 60 credits at level 3

Part I: 100 credits with at least 80 credits at level 2 or above

Part II: 100 credits with at least 60 credits at level 3

2 years 9 months
Graduate Certificate (GCert) 60 credits with at least 40 credits at level 3 or above   1 semester
Graduate Diploma (GDip) 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 3 or above   2 semesters
Honours Degree * (Hons) 360 credits** with at least 190 credits at level 2 or above and at least 100 credits at level 3 or above

Qualifying Stage: 120 credits at level 1 or above

Part I: 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 2 or above

Part II: 120 credits with at least 100 credits at level 3 or above

2 years 9 months
Integrated Masters 480 credits with at least 290 credits at level 2 or above, 200 credits at level 3 or above, and 120 credits at level 4

Qualifying Stage: 120 credits at level 1 or above

Part I: 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 2 or above

Part II: 120 credits with at least 100 credits at level 3 or above

Part III: 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 4 and a further 10 credits at level 3 or above

3 years 9 months
       
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 60 credits with at least 50 credits at level 4   1 semester
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 4   2 semesters
Taught Masters Degree 180 credits with at least 150 credits at level 4

Taught Stage: 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 4

Dissertation Stage: 60 credits at level 4

1 year
Two Year Taught Masters Degree 240 credits with at least 180 credits at level 4

Taught Stage: 120-180 credits with at least 120 at level 4

Dissertation Stage: 60-120 credits with at least 60 credits at level 4

2 years
Taught European Masters Degree (to be delivered in collaboration with other European Universities) 240 credits with at least 210 credits at level 4

Taught Stage: 120 credits with at least 90 credits at level 4 or 180 credits with at least 150 credits at level 4

Dissertation Stage: 60 or 120 credits at level 4

2 years

* (These requirements also apply to the award of an unclassified ('Pass') degree at the end of an honours course)

** This will be 480 credits for the Bachelor of Education course run at the University of Nottingham Ningbo campus and for the Bachelor of Pharmacy course run at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus.

From the 2015/16 academic year, the Ordinary degree will be available only as outlined in the regulations relating to the Application of regulations for students who fail to meet Honours requirements.

Course structures must require students to gain the above number of credits at each level in order to obtain the appropriate qualification.

Level 0 credits may only count towards the award of a Foundation Certificate or be used to constitute a 120 credit Foundation Stage undertaken by students prior to the stages listed in 4 and 5 below.

3. Programme specifications may also set out additional non credit-bearing components of a course which must be undertaken for an award to be made. Where a standard of performance must be attained in the additional component for an award to be made, this standard will be described in the programme specification.

4. The Foundation Certificate, Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate, and Postgraduate Diploma will all consist of a single stage.

5. Course structures must require students to gain the above number of credits at each level at each stage in order to obtain the appropriate qualification.

6. Programme specifications will specify whether:

(a) An Honours degree or an Ordinary Degree is awarded as a

  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Sciences (BVMedSci)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery (BVM BVS)

(b) An Integrated Masters is awarded as a

  • Master in Arts (MArts)
  • Master in Engineering (MEng)
  • Master in Mathematics (MMath)
  • Master of Nursing Science (MNursSci)
  • Master of Nutrition (MNutr)
  • Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Master in Science (MSci)

(c) A Taught Masters is awarded as a

  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Medical Sciences (MMedSci)
  • Master of Musical Arts (AmusM)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL)
  • Master of Technology (MTech)

7. Subject titles of awards indicate whether the course is:

  • Single subject (with title naming a subject or related subjects)
  • Joint (with title naming two distinct subjects as ‘x and y’)
  • Major/Minor (with title naming two distinct subjects as ‘x with y’ or similar)
  • Multidisciplinary (with title listing three distinct subjects)

The minimum requirements for title of awards are set out below. Course structures must require students to take at least the following number of credits in each subject:

 

 
Award Single Joint Major/Minor Multidisciplinary
FCert, UGCert, GDip, PGDip 100 credits in subject 50 credits in each subject 60 credits in major subject, 40 credits in minor subject 40 credits for each subject listed
UGDip 180 credits in subject 100 credits in each subject 120 credits in major subject, 60 in minor subject 60 credits for each subject listed
Ordinary Degree 220 credits in subject 120 credits in each subject 160 credits in major subject, 80 in minor subject 80 credits for each subject listed
Honours Degree 280 credits in subject 140 credits in each subject 220 credits in major subject, 90 in minor subject 90 credits for each subject listed
Integrated Masters 360 credits in subject 180 credits in each subject 280 credits in major subject, 100 in minor 100 credits for each subject listed
GCert, PGCert 50 credits in subject 30 credits in each subject 30 credits in major subject, 20 in minor 20 credits for each subject listed
Masters 140 credits in subject 70 credits in each subject 90 credits in major subject, 60 in minor 60 credits for each subject listed

Awards which do not meet any of the above minimum requirements will have the title ‘X with Combined Studies’, ‘X and Combined Studies’, or just ‘Combined Studies’, as appropriate.Where a module involves more than one subject, all the credits from that module may count towards satisfying the minimum requirements for each subject. A module comprising material which, while not directly related to the subject, provides knowledge or skills necessary for its study, may also count towards satisfying the minimum requirements for that subject.

8. For research degrees, Masters and Doctoral awards relate to the descriptors for qualifications at Masters and Doctoral level in Appendix A. The periods of registered study for each research award of the University is as follows:

 

  Full-time Part-time

Master of Arts by Research (MA by Research) / Master of Science by Research (MSc by Research)

Minimum: 1 year (180) credits) 2 years (240 creditis)

Normal: 1 year (180) credits) 2 years (240 credits)

Maximum: 1 year (180 credits) 2 years (240 credits)

Minimum: 2 years (180 credits) 4 years (240 credits)

Normal: 2 years (180 credits) 4 years (240 credits)

Maximum: 2 years (180 credits) 4 years (240 credits)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Minimum: 1 year

Normal: 2 years

Maximum: 3 years

Minimum: 2 year

Normal: 4 years

Maximum: 6 years

Master of Research (MRes)

Minimum: 1 year

Normal: 1 year

Maximum: 1 year

Minimum: 2 years

Normal: 2 years

Maximum: 4 years 

Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) / Master of Veterinary Surgery (MVS)

Minimum: 2 years

Normal: 3 years

Maximum: 4 years

Minimum: 4 years

Normal: 6 years

Maximum: 6 years

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Medicine (DM)

Minimum: 2 years

Normal: 3 years

Maximum: 4 years

Minimum: 4 years

Normal: 6 years

Maximum: 8 years

Professional Doctorates

Minimum: 2 years

Normal: 3 years

Maximum: 4 years 

Minimum: 4 years

Normal: 6 years

Maximum: 8 years 

Periods of part-time study are weighted 0.5 in comparison to full-time study in relation to these minima and maxima. Except for the circumstances given in 9 below, full-time research students are required to have a minimum of 10 supervisions per year and part-time students a minimum of 6 supervisions per year. These supervisions should take place at regular intervals throughout the year.  

9. Regulations for the awards in 8 above may specify certain taught modules, research training, or other additional components which must be undertaken, and any performance level in them which must be achieved, in order for the award to be made. The number of supervisions research students are required to attend may be reduced where additional components are being undertaken.

10. Regulations will specify whether a Professional Doctorate (see Appendix C) is awarded as a

  • Doctor of Agrifood (DAgriFood)
  • Doctor of Applied Psychology (DAppPsych)
  • Doctor of Applied Educational Psychology (DAppEdPsy)
  • Doctor of Applied Social Science (DASS)
  • Doctor of Architecture (DArch)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Engineering (EngD)
  • Doctor of Forensic Psychology (DForenPsy)
  • Doctor of Health Science (DHSci)
  • Doctor of Medicine (DM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (AMusD)
  • Doctor of Nursing (NurseD)
  • Doctor of Public Policy (DPP)
  • Doctor of Public Management (DPM)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Surgery (DVetSurg)
  • Doctor of Workplace Health and Wellbeing (DocWHW)

11. Awards listed in the UNQF may be awarded jointly with other institutions, subject to the approval of Senate.

12. The language of teaching and assessment for all provision must be in English when students are registered for a University of Nottingham qualification. The only exception is where the subject of study is a language or literature other than English.

Links:

Ordinary Degrees - Guidance for Schools

Guidance on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) 

 

Last amended April 2017

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