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Maximum Period from Initial Registration

Students may be caused to extend their expected normal period of engagement on an individual programme for a variety of reasons.  The University is flexible in making such arrangements but there is an expectation that students will complete their studies within an absolute maximum time period from initial registration, regardless of individual circumstances, to ensure the currency of their knowledge, their competency and the quality of their degree. 

Where students have changed programme, the set period relates to the initial registration on their original programme except where the student is transferring to the beginning of the first stage of a programme, in which case the set period relates to the initial registration on the new programme.  This does not apply to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China programmes where the Ministry of Education requires that all periods are counted from initial registration, regardless of transfers.

The normal period of registered study for each qualification of the University is at set out in the University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework.

Regardless of the individual circumstances of the student, such as periods of voluntary interruption, repeat study or enforced suspension for reason of debt, the following absolute maxima apply. 

In addition a student is not allowed to take more than three years to complete teaching and assessment that would normally be completed within one year, whether full-time or part-time. 

 

Maximum Period from Initial Registration

  Total Absolute maximum for programme – full-time Total Absolute maximum for programme – part-time 
Foundation Certificate 3 years 3 years
Undergraduate Certificate  3 years 3 years
Undergraduate Diploma 6 years 12 years
Ordinary Degree* (from start of Honours programme) 6 years 12 years
Graduate Certificate 3 years 3 years
Graduate Diploma 3 years 3 years
Honours Degree 6 years 12 years
Bachelors Honours Degree with Foundation Stage (Preliminary Year on the Ningbo Campus) 8 years 12 years
Integrated Masters Degree 8 years 12 years
Integrated Masters Degree with Foundation Stage 10 years 12 years
Medical Degree BMBS (five year programme) 10 years 12 years
Medical Degree BMBS (four year graduate entry programme) 8 years  12 years
Veterinary Medicine BVMBVS 10 years  12 years
Veterinary Medicine with Preliminary year BVMBVS  12 years 12 years
Dip Arch with Bachelors as first element and including year out

12 years

12 years
Dip Arch with Integrated Master as first element and including year out 12 years  12 years
Postgraduate Certificate 3 years 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma 3 years 3 years
Taught Masters 3 years 6 years
Two Year Taught Masters 4 years 8 years
Taught masters with Pre-Masters year (Ningbo campus) 4 years 8 years
MRes/MA/MA by Research 3 years 6 years
MPhil  4 years 8 years
Professional Doctorate 6 years 12 years
PhD 6 years 12 years

*For students entering Qualifying year or Part I from September 2015, this degree is only available as an exit award as outlined in the policy relating to Application of regulations for students who fail to meet Honours requirements. 

If the regulations of an external accrediting body require a shorter timeframe for an individual programme, or any legal requirement restricts the ability of a student to study as required or attend the University, the external requirement overrides the University maximum period.  Programme specifications state where an external restriction applies to the period of study.  Where a student is on an accredited degree or a programme leading to professional registration and their normal period of study has been extended it may be necessary for them to undertake additional assessment in order to prove competency prior to conferral of their award.

These maxima do not imply that where relevant a student will necessarily be able to obtain a visa for the extended period.  Students on a visa should seek advice from the International Office on their campus if their normal period of registration is potentially to be extended.

A School should refuse to allow a student to interrupt study, repeat study, take external assessments or any other action that would result in it being impossible for that student to complete their studies within the defined timeframes or those imposed by external requirements or limitations.

A student who for any reason will not be able to complete their study within these timeframes will be withdrawn from the University as soon as this is evident.  In such cases a student will be awarded a lower level qualification if such a qualification exists and they have satisfied the regulations for that award. 

Links: 

Voluntary Interruption of Study

Application of regulations for students who fail to meet Honours requirements

Amended 18 September 2015

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