Postgraduate study

Award

Details of postgraduate awards for MSc by Research students in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

MSc by Research Degree

Regulation 50 of the Postgraduate Assesment Regulations for Research Degrees for 2019/20 states the following:

  • In order to be awarded the degree of MSc by Research, students must pass at least 180 credits’ worth of courses. This may include the award of credits on aggregate for up to 40 credits. Where credit on aggregate is offered, the provisions of the Taught Assessment Regulations (under “Postgraduate assessment progression”) apply. Where marks are awarded for assessment on MSc by Research degrees, these must be expressed using the postgraduate common marking scheme.

  •  There will be no progression hurdle to proceed to the research project or dissertation.
  • Where a mark is awarded for the research project or dissertation, this must be passed at a minimum of 50%. Failure to achieve this standard will automatically result in no award at MSc level being made.

Regulation 51 states: 

The examiners may recommend:

  1. Award Pass with Distinction in MSc by Research. See Regulation 52; or
  2. Award Pass with Merit in MSc by Research. See Regulation 53; or
  3. Award MSc by Research. The research project or dissertation satisfies the requirements for the award of the degree as laid down in the University’s Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study as appropriate and that the degree should be awarded; or
  4. Offer resubmission for MSc by Research. The dissertation or research project satisfies the requirements for the degree except that minor corrections are required or stated minor weaknesses as identified by the examiners must be remedied. In the opinion of the examiners, the student will be able to remedy these with minimal supervision and without undertaking any further original research; or
  5. Award exit award. The research project or dissertation is substantially inadequate in one or more of the requirements for the MSc by Research. However, the work is of sufficient quality to merit the award of postgraduate diploma or certificate; or
  6. Fail. The research project or dissertation is substantially deficient in respect of all or any of the requirements for the degree and does not meet the requirements for any award.

Distinction

Regulations 52 states: 

Where the research project or dissertation is worth 120 credits or more:

  • (a) Where a mark has been awarded for the research project or dissertation, a student may be awarded a distinction if they have attained a mark of at least 70% on the postgraduate assessment common marking scheme for the research project or dissertation;
  • (b) Where a mark has been awarded for the research project or dissertation and other courses taken as part of the degree, a student may be awarded a  distinction if they have attained a mark of at least 70% on the postgraduate assessment common marking scheme for the research project or dissertation, and an average of at least 70% for all other components for which a mark has been awarded;
  • (c) Where a mark has not been awarded for the research project or dissertation, the Examiners may recommend that the student be awarded the MSc by Research with Distinction.

Where the research project or dissertation is worth less than 120 credits:

  • (d) Where a mark has been awarded for the research project or dissertation and other courses taken as part of the degree, a student may be awarded a distinction if they have attained a mark of at least 70% on the postgraduate assessment common marking scheme for the research project or dissertation, and an average of at least 70% for all other components for which a mark has been awarded.

Merit

Regulation 53 states:

Where the research project or dissertation is worth 120 credits or more:

  • (a) Where a mark has been awarded for the research project or dissertation, a student may be awarded the degree with merit if they have attained a mark of at least 60% on the postgraduate assessment common marking scheme for the research project or dissertation;
  • (b) Where a mark has been awarded for the research project or dissertation and other courses taken as part of the degree, a student may be awarded the degree with merit if they have attained a mark of at least 60% on the postgraduate assessment common marking scheme for the research project or dissertation, and an average of at least 60% for all other components for which a mark has been awarded; 
  • (c) Where a mark has not been awarded for the research project or dissertation, the Examiners may recommend that the student be awarded the MSc by Research with Merit.

Where the research project or dissertation is worth less than 120 credits:

  • (d) Where a mark has been awarded for the research project or dissertation and other courses taken as part of the degree, a student may be awarded the degree with merit if they have attained a mark of at least 60% on the postgraduate assessment common marking scheme for the research project or dissertation, and an average of at least 60% for all other components for which a mark has been awarded.