B4.2 Structure of Postgraduate Programmes

  • 2.1 Each programme shall be made up of modules, with a standard module rated at 20 credits, i.e. comprising one ninth of a Master’s degree programme (180 credits).  Normally half modules rated at 10 credits and multiples of 10 credits are acceptable.

    2.2 A Master’s degree programme may include a PGDip and a PGCert as exit points.  Some programmes also offer these awards as free standing programmes to be applied for, studied and awarded.

    2.3 It is permissible for undergraduate and postgraduate students to be taught in common.  However, students on a postgraduate programme must be required to achieve learning outcomes at level 7 if the module is to be counted at level 7 and must accordingly be assessed at an appropriate level using a different module code from that used for undergraduate students. The modules involved will be treated as separate modules with different codes, with the undergraduate modules rated as agreed independently at validation.   The credit rating of postgraduate modules must be considered and assessed separately to undergraduate modules.

    2.4 All Master’s degree programmes shall contain an element of research methods training of at least the equivalent of 10 credits at level 7.

    2.5 All Master’s degree programmes must include a compulsory major element of advanced independent work, i.e. substantial work such as a dissertation or project, which shall normally comprise one module with a minimum of 50 credits at level 7.

    2.6 All postgraduate programmes have an ECTS equivalent which is presented on award certificates and transcripts.  The ECTS credit for postgraduate courses is to be designated level 2.  One ECTS credit is equivalent to two CAT credits as detailed in the University's Core Academic Regulations.  To comply with ECTS, credit equivalents will also be added to course and module information on the basis of equivalence with CAT credits.