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In-Principle approval

To allow the University to respond more quickly to the market, departments are invited to submit applications for in-principle approval of new postgraduate courses, with the completion of full course and module proposal/approval paperwork to be allowed to take place simultaneously with initial marketing activity. No offers of places can be made until the course has full approval.

Eligible courses

Postgraduate courses delivered on campus which are prepared to accept full-time students. Courses available in full-time and part-time variants are eligible for this process.

Courses that are subject to the scrutiny of the Collaborative, Flexible and Distributed Learning Sub-Committee (e.g. courses with a collaborative element, or courses delivered by distance learning) are not eligible for this accelerated process.


For courses starting in October 2016, proposals must go to the first meeting of the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS) in the Autumn Term 2015, so departments must agree these proposals by the start of term.


Applications submitted to BGS should include:

  • title of course
  • content, structure of course
  • rationale, market case
  • any financial implications (including staffing)
  • outcome of discussion with any other departments affected

Consideration of such outline proposals will be rigorous and searching.

Full course approval documentation is expected to be prepared for consideration by Faculty Graduate Studies Committee and BGS at the next available opportunity.

This policy was approved by the Senate at its meeting on 29 June 2005.