4.12 Rules for Postgraduate Awards

 

Students who started a Taught Master’s BEFORE September 2013

1. To qualify for progression to the dissertation/project phase of a Taught Master’s scheme a student must obtain:

(i) an average of at least 50% overall;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 80 credits of the modules taken in Part One of a Taught Postgraduate scheme, including any of the scheme’s core modules which have been specified by the Department as having to be passed with a minimum of 50%.

2. To achieve Distinction level in Part One of a Taught Master’s scheme a student must obtain:

(i) an average of at least 70% overall;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 80 credits of the modules taken in Part One of a Taught Postgraduate Scheme, including any core requirements as specified by Departments.

3. In order to gain a Master’s degree a student must pass Part One and Part Two.

4. In order to gain a Master’s Degree with Distinction, a student shall achieve an overall mark of not less than 70%, having achieved not less than 65% in Part One and not less than 70% in Part Two. [In calculating the overall mark, Part One and Part Two are equally weighted].

5. Students who do not meet the requirements for a Distinction but who achieve an overall mark of 60% or above shall gain a Master’s degree with Merit (starters from September 2009).

6. Students who have failed Part One or Part Two at the first attempt shall not be eligible for the award of Distinction or Merit.

7. To qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma a student must obtain:

(i) an average of at least 50% overall over 120 taught credits;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 80 credits’ worth of modules in Part One including any modules which have been specified as core for the Postgraduate Diploma.

A student who has attained an overall mark of 70% or above shall be eligible for the mark of Distinction.

A student who has attained an overall mark of 60 – 69% shall be eligible for the mark of Merit (starters from September 2009).

8. To qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate a student must obtain:

(i) an average of at least 50% overall over 60 taught credits;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 40 credits’ worth of modules in the 60 taught credits assessed for the Certificate, including any modules which have been specified as core for the Certificate.

A student who has attained an overall mark of 70% or above shall be eligible for the mark of Distinction.

A student who has attained an overall mark of 60 – 69% shall be eligible for the mark of Merit (starters from September 2009).

9. Students resitting failed modules shall be eligible for a maximum of 50% in each.

Students starting a Master’s Degree FROM September 2013

10. In order to pass a Taught Master’s Degree a student must obtain:

(i) a weighted average of at least 50% overall;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 160 credits of the total 180 taken in a Taught Master’s scheme.

11. In order to gain a Master’s Degree with Merit, a student must obtain:

(i) a weighted average of at least 60% overall;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 160 credits of the modules taken in a Taught Master’s scheme.

12. In order to gain a Master’s Degree with Distinction, a student must obtain:

(i) a weighted average of at least 70% overall;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 160 credits of the modules taken in a Taught Master’s scheme

13. To qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma a student who has not completed the dissertation or equivalent must obtain:

(i) a weighted average of at least 50% overall over the 120 taught credits;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 100 credits’ worth of those modules

A student who has attained an overall mark of 70% or above shall be eligible for the mark of Distinction.

A student who has attained an overall mark of 60-69% shall be eligible for the mark of Merit.

14. To qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate a student who is exiting after completing 60 credits must obtain:

(i) a weighted average of at least 50% over the 60 credits;
(ii) marks of 50% or above in at least 40 credits’ worth of those modules;
(iii) successfully completed credit at CQFW Level 7 (former HE level M)

A student who has attained an overall mark of 70% or above shall be eligible for the mark of Distinction.

A student who has attained an overall mark of 60-69% shall be eligible for the mark of Merit.

15. A student who has completed 180 credits but not met the requirements for the Master’s award shall qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate if:

(i) they have completed 100 credits with marks of 50% or above (Diploma);
(ii) they have completed 40 credits with marks of 50% or above and the credits they have successfully completed are CQFW Level 7 (former HE Level M (Certificate)).

Students who have completed the full 180 credits will not be eligible for Merit or Distinction if they do not qualify for the Master’s degree but qualify for the intermediate award of Certificate or Diploma.

Retrieval of Failure

16. Students resitting failed modules may do so on one occasion for a maximum mark of 50% (other than where special circumstances have been accepted).

Window of Opportunity

17. Where students have completed 180 credits, and have presented special circumstances, Examination Boards will have discretion to award a Pass, Merit or Distinction to those whose overall weighted average is up to 2% below the boundary, and where other requirements have been met, i.e.:

Average of 47.5 – 49.4% may be considered for a PASS
Average of 57.5 – 59.4% may be considered for a MERIT
Average of 67.5 – 69.4% may be considered for a DISTINCTION

18. The Examination Board must be satisfied when making such recommendations within the 2% window of opportunity that the student would have achieved the required standard had it not been for the adverse impact on their performance of the special circumstances.