Postgraduate study

Award

Details of postgraduate awards in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Award of Masters degree

Regulation 57 of the Taught Assessment Regulations specifies that:

''In order to be awarded a masters degree students must:

(a) have satisfied any requirements for progression, as laid out in taught assessment regulation 56 above, and (b) attain an additional 60 credits, by achieving a mark of at least 50% for the dissertation or project component (if the programme has a dissertation or project element) and (c) satisfy any other specific requirements for the masters degree programme, that are clearly stated in respective Programme Handbooks.

When all the marks for the taught components of the programme or diploma are available, if the student has achieved PASS marks in at least 80 credits and has an overall average of 40% or more over the full 120 credits, then they will be awarded credits on aggregate for the failed courses, up to a maximum of 40 credits. For a certificate, a maximum of 20 credits may be awarded on aggregate.'' For the calculation of the award / classification, the coursework average and the dissertation result are equally weighted.

Award of Merit

Regulation 59 of the Taught Assessment Regulations specifies that:

''Taught postgraduate degrees may be awarded with merit. To achieve a merit, a student must be awarded at least 60% on the University’s Postgraduate Common Marking Scheme for the dissertation, if the programme has a dissertation element, and must achieve an average of at least 60% in the remaining elements. Borderlines, for both the dissertation and course average elements, are considered for merits.'' Borderline marks are defined by Regulation 59 as ''marks from two percentage points below the boundary up to the boundary itself, e.g. 58.00% to 59.99% for the dissertation and for the average of other courses.'' For the calculation of the award / classification, the coursework average and the dissertation result are equally weighted. Example Cases:

  • A student with coursework average between 58.00 and 59.99 but dissertation mark of 60. This student would not be awarded a merit.
  • A student with coursework average between 58.00 and 59.00 but dissertation mark of 62 or above. This student would be awarded a merit.
  • A student with coursework average of 60 but dissertation mark between 58.00 and 59.99. This student would not be awarded a merit.
  • A student with coursework average of 72 or above but dissertation mark between 58.00 and 59.99. This student would be awarded a merit.

Award of Distinction

Regulation 60 of the Taught Assessment Regulations specifies that:

''Taught postgraduate degrees may be awarded with distinction. To achieve a distinction, a student must be awarded at least 70% on the University’s Postgraduate Common Marking Scheme for the dissertation, if the programme has a dissertation element, and must achieve an average of at least 70% in the remaining elements. Borderlines, for both the dissertation and course average elements, are considered for distinctions.''

Borderline marks are defined by Regulation 60 as ''marks from two percentage points below boundary up to the boundary itself, e.g. 68.00% to 69.99% for the dissertation and for the average of other courses.'' For the calculation of the award / classification, the coursework average and the dissertation result are equally weighted.  Example Cases:

  • A student with coursework average between 68.00 and 69.99 but dissertation mark of 70. This student would not be awarded a distinction.
  • A student with coursework average between 68.00 and 69.00 but dissertation mark of 72 or above. This student would be awarded a distinction.
  • A student with coursework average of 70 but dissertation mark between 68.00 and 69.99. This student would not be awarded a distinction.
  • A student with coursework average of 72 or above but dissertation mark between 68.00 and 69.99. This student would be awarded a distinction.

Award of Diploma

Regulation 57 of the Taught Assessment Regulations specifies that:

''In order to be awarded the diploma students must:

(a) pass at least 80 credits with a mark of at least 40%; and (b) attain an average of at least 40% for the 120 credits of study examined for the diploma; and (c) satisfy any other specific requirements for the named diploma that are clearly stated in respective programme handbooks.''

Postgraduate diplomas may be issued as exit awards if a student fails to meet the requirement for a masters degree.

Award of Certificate

Regulation 57 of the Taught Assessment Regulations specifies that:

''In order to be awarded the certificate students must:

(a) pass at least 40 credits with a mark of at least 40%; and (b) attain an average of at least 40% for the 60 credits of study examined for the certificate; and (c) satisfy any other specific requirements for the named certificate that are clearly stated in respective programme handbooks.''

Postgraduate certificates may be issued as exit awards if a student fails to meet the requirement for a masters degree or certificate.