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Understanding your degree structure & regulations

What is the credit framework?

All taught programmes, apart from some very limited exceptions, e.g. federal degrees, are governed by the credit framework (students transferring to a programme that has already commenced, e.g. transferring into the second year of study will be subject to the same regulations as the other students in their cohort).

The credit framework requires programmes and their component modules to be described in terms of their level (i.e. difficulty) of study, and their credit volume (i.e. the notional time/learning hours needed for the associated teaching, private study, reflection and assessment). 

As a general guide one credit equates to 10 hours of notional learning. 

Undergraduate honours degrees are usually composed of modules at levels 4, 5, and 6, and taught postgraduate programmes are composed of modules at level 7 and sometimes level 6. For example:  

Three year and Four year undergraduate honours degrees

Level = 6
Credit volume of programme overall = 360 (3 years) / 450-480 (4 years)
Credit level of modules = levels 4, 5, and 6
Credit volume of modules = usually 15 or 30 credits 

Masters degrees

Level = 7

Credit volume of programme overall = 180
Credit level of modules = level 7, and possibly some at level 6
Credit volume of modules = usually 20, 40 or 60 credits

In addition to the credit volume of the programme overall, each programme specifies the minimum amount of credit that has to be achieved at a particular level in order for a student to be eligible for the particular award. 

You can find more information in the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes and in the individual Programme Specifications.

 

Special Status Modules

Some modules have a special status including those designated as 'Core' and 'Compulsory' for a programme of study.

Core module definition: A module that must be taken and passed in order to be eligible for award. 

Compulsory module definition: A module that must be taken.

You can find more information about special status modules in the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes and in the individual Programme Specifications.

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