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Policy and guidance on programme and course approval and management processes.

The Programme and Course Approval and Management Policy and accompanying guidance provides information on the approval of new and changes to/closure of existing programmes and courses.  It covers the role of School Boards of Studies, College committees and University-level committees, including the approval levels required for different proposals.  Practical guidance is provided on Policy requirements such as timescales for approval, issues to address in proposals, student involvement in proposals, and required documentation.  The Policy and guidance covers all credit-bearing provision (including postgraduate research and collaborations) and non-credit bearing courses for external release and continuing professional development. 

Programme and Course Approval and Management Policy


Board of Studies Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference outlines how Boards of Studies operate in the University.

Boards of Studies Terms of Reference


Programme and Course Design

Introduction to course and programme design, and supporting resources from previous training events.

Curriculum Framework

A framework for curricula and supporting models and guidance.

Degree Programme Specification

Degree programme specification guidance and templates.

College-Specific Information

Each College has particular requirements for course and programme approval.


The timescales for the approval of new courses and programmes.

Key Issues to Address in Proposals (Credit-Bearing)

Important things to consider and evidence.


Approvals for courses and programmes involving a partner institution.

Distance Learning and Flexible PhD Programmes - School Checklist

Points to consider when setting up distance learning and flexible PhD programmes.

Required Documentation

Required documentation for all credit-bearing provision.

After Approval

Steps to take after courses and programmes have been approved.

Related links

Good Practice - Learning and Teaching