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College Regulations

All taught programmes are governed by Academic Regulations (applicable to the whole College) and Programme Specifications (applicable to just one programme).

The Academic Regulations give overriding principles for the minimum requirements for each degree and its calculation.  The Programme Specifications give further detail, specifying required modules and specific progression rules.

Each student is normally governed by the regulations in force when they first started their programme. The Academic Regulations and Programme Specifications  are available online.

 

Credit Framework

All taught programmes, starting from 2007, are governed by the Credit Framework. The Credit Framework requires programmes and their component modules to be described in terms of their level of study (i.e. difficulty) and their credit volume (i.e. notional time/learning hours needed for teaching, private study, reflection and assessment).

The level of module is approximately related to the year of study as follows:

Level 4 = 1st year UG

Level 5 = 2nd year UG

Level 6 = 3rd year UG

Level 7 = 4th year UG (MSci final year) and MSc

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

Module weightings

For BSc degrees:

To calculate an undergraduate degree the College uses a C-Score. For this purpose all modules are given a weighting as follows:

  • The marks of the best 90 credits at level 6 (and/or level 7 where taken) will be given a weighting of 5. (NB. A minimum of 90 credits at level 6 is required for the award of a degree).
  • The mark for any remaining level 6 credits (and/or level 7 where taken) and any level 5 credits will be given a weighting of 3.
  • The mark for all level 4 credits will be given a weighting of 1.

For integrated Masters degrees (Msci):

  • The marks of the best 120 credits at level 7 will normally be given a weighting of 7.
  • The marks for any remaining level 7 credits and all level 6 credits will be given a weighting of 5.
  • The marks of all level 5 credits will be given a weighting of 3.
  • The marks for all level 4 credits will be given a weighting of 1.

For MSc and Graduate Diploma:

The weighing for each modules is the credit volume of that module.

 

All marks for all credit gained during the programme will count towards an award calculation, this includes condoned credit.

Requirements for the award of undergraduate degrees

Credit Requirements

For each programme, section A3 of the Academic Regulations lays out the minimum requirements required to obtain the degree. You can find the A3 regulations by using the links above; we have summarised some of the information here: 

Three year undergraduate honours degree (BSc or BEng)

  • Levels allowed: 4,5,6,7 [level 7 is only allowed exceptionally]
  • Minimum number of credits required: 360
  • Minimum number of credits required to be passed at level 6 (or exceptionally 7): 90
  • Maximum number of credits allowed at level 4: 150

 

Four year integrated Masters degree (MSci or MEng)

  • Levels allowed: 4,5,6,7
  • Minimum number of credits required: 480
  • Maximum number of credits allowed at level 4: 150
  • Minimum number of credits required to be passed at level 7 depend on the year you started the programme
    • Students starting in 2012/13 or before must pass 120 credits at level, not including condoned fails
    • Students starting in 2013/14 or 2014/15 must pass 90 credits at level 7, not including condoned fails
    • Students starting in 2015/16 must take at least 120 credits at level 7, pass at least 90 credits at level 7, and can have no more than 30 credits of condoned fails at level 7

 Graduate Diploma

  • Levels allowed: 4,5,6,7
  • Minimum number of credits required: 120
  • Minimum number of credits required to be passed at level 6 or 7: 90 (credits at level 7 are only allowed exceptionally)
  • Maximum number of credits allowed at level 4: 30

Calculating Degrees

The award of honours is a College matter, with procedures laid down in the College Regulations, and the final decision on an award rests with the College. Recommendations to the Faculty Assessment Boards for award of honours are made by the Assessment Sub-Boards within each department.

The Boards make recommendations for award of honours on the basis of a full record of all examinations taken by the student and a ‘C’ score indicator:

 C =  (sum of weighted marks) / (sum of weighted credit volume)

where for each module the weighted mark is

weighted mark = (mark) x (credit volume) x (weight of the module)

and for each module the weighted credit volume is

weighted credit volume = (credit volume) x (weight of the module)

There may be circumstances (such as some study-abroad modules) where the weighting is different. 

 

Classification policy

A candidate who has a ‘C’ score indicator of ≥70 will be awarded a First

A candidate who has a ‘C’ score indicator of 69≥C≥60 will be awarded an Upper Second Class

A candidate who has a ‘C’ score indicator of 59≥C≥50 will be awarded a Lower Second Class

A candidate who has a ‘C’ score indicator of 49≥C≥40 will be awarded a Third


For students who started their degree programme from September 2011 onwards:

A candidate who does not achieve a C score indicator as shown above but is within two percent of a classification boundary (i.e. 68/58/48) can be awarded the higher classification provided that at least 60 credits at Level 6 or above (Level 7 for Integrated Masters) have marks at or above the higher classification.

 

For students who started their degree programme between 2007 and 2010, or are direct entrants entering in 2011 (to years 2/3/4), in 2012 (to years 3/4):

A candidate who does not achieve a C score indicator as shown above but is within two percent of a classification boundary (i.e. 68/58/48) can be awarded (at the discretion of the Assessment Sub Board) the higher classification provided that at least 45 credits at Level 6 or above (Level 7 for Integrated Masters) have marks at or above the higher classification.

 

For students who started their degree programme before 2013:

Assessment Sub-Boards may propose a change to the class of any candidate if there is evidence that the performance of a final year candidate has been adversely affected by illness or other good cause found to be valid on production of acceptable evidence. 

 

All marks for all credit gained during the programme will count towards an award calculation, this includes condoned credit.

Requirements for the award of taught postgraduate degrees

Credit Requirements

For each programme, section A3 of the Academic Regulations lays out the minimum requirements required to obtain the degree. You can find the A3 regulations by using the links above; we have summarised some of the information here: 

Masters degree (MSc)

  • Leves allowed: 6,7
  • Minimum number of credits required: 180
  • Minimum number of credits required to be passed at level 7: 150 (including dissertation/project)
  • Maximum number of credits allowed at level 6: 30

Calculating Degrees

For students enrolled on taught postgraduate programmes to be awarded an MSc you will need to gain 180 credits, with an overall weighted average of 50% or above.

You will need to gain at least 150 credits from level 7 modules which you have passed (i.e. gained a mark of 50% or above).

These 180 credits can include at most 30 credits in total from:

  • level 6 modules, either passed or with a condoned fail
  • level 7 modules with a condoned fail
  • any substitute modules either passed or with a condoned fail

The 180 credits cannot include any non-condoned fail modules.

In order to be eligible for the award of a Masters degree with Merit, a candidate should achieve a weighted average mark across all modules of 60 to 69 inclusive.

In order to be eligible for the award of a Masters degree with Distinction, a candidate should achieve a weighted average mark of 70 or above.

 

All marks for all credit gained during the programme will count towards an award calculation, this includes condoned credit.

Progression and resit rules

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13 March 2019

 

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