Calendar 2018/19

Regulations Governing Academic Programmes

1 Faculty of Taught Programmes

1.19 Regulations Governing the Postgraduate Certificate
1 Eligibility
1.1 The following may apply for registration for a Postgraduate Certificate
  (a) Graduates of the University
  (b) Graduates of other Universities and Institutions of Higher Education approved by the Senate
  (c) Other persons able to satisfy the Dean/ Associate Dean of the Faculty of Taught Programmes (or, under circumstances approved by the Faculty Board, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of an appropriate College or other academic unit) by their qualifications or experience of their fitness to enter the programme.
1.2 Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language, and after admission to the University may be required to take additional instruction in English language, normally in the University English Language Centre (INTO).
2 Conditions of Study
2.1 Candidates for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate will be registered as full-time or part-time students as provided in the programme syllabus.
2.2 Candidates shall follow the approved programme of study as prescribed in the syllabus, including any requirements for the period of study.
3 Credits
3.1 All modules comprising an approved programme of study carry a specific credit value. The contents of programmes must observe the University's approved conventions for levels and awards.
3.2 Candidates for a Postgraduate Certificate are required to follow modules to a total value of not less than 60 credits. Exceptionally, this minimum number may be reduced in recognition of credits accumulated from elsewhere;
  (a) in individual cases subject to the approval of the Dean/ Associate Dean of the Faculty of Taught Programmes; or
  (b) in the case of other institutions' specific programmes, subject to the approval of the Taught Faculty Board.
4 Continued Registration
4.1 Each candidate is required to re-register at the beginning of each academic year within which credit for modules is being sought.
4.2 The programme specification for postgraduate taught programmes may stipulate the 'credit expiry period' for modules within that programme, otherwise it will be five years.
4.3 If counting credit towards a programme would mean that more than the credit expiry period will elapse between the date of the award of the earliest credits and the date for the completion of the programme, the Dean/ Associate Dean of the Faculty of Taught Programmes, on the advice of the relevant College may:
  (a) Cancel credit for the module/s; or
  (b) Determine the conditions, if any, under which the student may retain credit.
5 Assessment
5.1 Candidates shall be assessed in accordance with the University's approved Postgraduate Taught Programmes Assessment Procedures and the scheme described in the syllabus.
5.2 No candidate shall be admitted to any examination unless the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of College or appropriate academic unit certifies that the candidate has completed by attendance or otherwise the requirements of the programme.
5.3 A candidate who fails in any part of the programme contributing to the final award may, on the recommendation of the examiners and with the approval of the Board of the Faculty of Taught Programmes, be permitted to resubmit or re-sit on up to two subsequent occasions that part of the assessment requirements which they have failed.
6 Award
6.1 The Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded:
  (a) to those candidates successfully completing an approved programme designed to lead directly to that award; or
  (b) to candidates not completing the requirements for a higher postgraduate award for which they were originally registered but who have successfully accumulated credits as required under paragraph 3 above.
6.2 The Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded with distinction or with merit.
7 Eligibility of Transfer
7.1 Where the syllabus permits and sufficient credits have been successfully accumulated, candidates may be permitted to transfer their registration to a higher postgraduate award and to count the period of study completed under their original registration towards the period required under the new registration.
8 Application
8.1 The application of these Regulations may be varied where separate Regulations have been approved for named Postgraduate Certificates.