Coronavirus Recovery: advice and latest information



Students enrolled on Programmes following Standard Regulations (Part one/Part two) (full and part-time students to be applied pro-rata)

Changes to regulations to support students reflect the inherent differences in Postgraduate study and have been written specifically to support Taught Postgraduate Students during this continuing period of global challenge.

Students enrolled on programmes leading to professional registration, or any other programme defined as a special case by Colleges/Schools, will be included in this approach. However, because of the requirements of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory bodies there may be variations in how this is applied. Students’ Colleges/Schools will notify them of how the approach will work for their specific programme.

All students will be expected to pursue 180 credits for their programme and attempt all assessments, in line with relevant academic regulations.

All students must accumulate a minimum of 90 taught credits and 60 Directed Independent Learning credits as outlined in the University’s relevant
Academic Regulations to be eligible for an award (in order to demonstrate that the programme learning outcomes have been achieved).

Where Pandemic restrictions may impact upon the original assessment approach, and where necessary and appropriate, assessment approaches have been and may continue to be changed by their College/School to enable students to continue to engage effectively with their studies.

The Learning Outcomes and, where necessary, assessment approach for the 60 credit Directed Independent Learning (dissertation or project) element may need to be modified to reflect the challenges of study within the current circumstances, whilst upholding the standards of the Programme.

Students undertaking laboratory based (or other impacted) projects as part of their Directed Independent Learning may apply to defer their studies and return to complete in the 2020-21 academic session. Students should note that they may incur additional costs due to, for example, accommodation, travel and deferral of employment.
All students will be eligible for consideration of Extenuating Circumstances in line with the revised Extenuating Circumstances Policy.

The minimum mark requirements stipulated in the Standard Taught Master’s Regulations at Part 1 and Part 2 for consideration for Merit or Distinction will not apply, and eligibility for a Merit or Distinction will be determined by the student’s overall average for the degree scheme weighted as follows:

Credits AccumulatedRelative Weighting
Best 60 Credits 3
Next Best 60 Credits 2
Remaining 60 Credits 1

Students who fail modules at the first attrempt will automatically be registered for Supplementary Assessment. Where programme regulations permit, the University will tolerate failure down to 40% in non-core taught modules in up to 30 credits, in line with current academic regulations.

Students eligible for toleration at the first attempt who wish to waive their right to supplementary assessment for their failed modules may, with the support of their College/School within 10 days, request for modules to be recorded as ‘tolerated failures’, in line with standard academic regulations.
Such failures shall be referred to as ‘tolerated failures’. Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures.

Students may suspend their studies in accordance with the current academic regulations and the University will be sympathetic to student requests.

Where approved, periods of candidature may be extended accordingly, within the constraints of University Boards.

Extenuating Circumstances and Supplementary Assessments:

Students will have the opportunity to undertake supplementary assessments (capped) to redeem failed credits in taught modules, in line with current academic regulations.

Students with approved Extenuating Circumstances will be considered sympathetically for extensions and/or deferrals to support their studies, in line with standard academic regulations.

Any students who fail the Directed Independent Learning element at the first attempt, will automatically be eligible for one attempt to resubmit (capped), in line with current academic regulations and time limits. The best mark principle will apply to supplementary assessments undertaken within the current session.

Students who fail core modules are required to undertake supplementary assessment, in line with standard academic regulations.

All supplementary assessments will be capped at 50%, in line with standard academic regulations.

Students who pass modules will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve their module mark. Unless a higher credit requirement is otherwise specified within specific programme regulations.

Specific Regulations for Standard 180 Credit Masters Programmes

Directed Independent Learning

Directed independent learning is defined as a single piece or pieces of self-directed study (undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor), totalling 60 credits, which provide(s) an opportunity to engage in extended research on one or more aspects of the syllabus relating to the programme. The directed independent learning can take a variety of forms, chosen to be the most appropriate for the programme, and/or to enhance the employability prospects of the students. This can be defined at programme approval and will be equivalent to the effort required to prepare a dissertation of up to 20,000 words.