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Reg. 8 Regulations for First Degrees

8.1 Regulations for the Degree of BA (and for the Degrees of BSc and LLB Awarded on the Recommendation of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences)

(1) All candidates for the degree of BA will be admitted to an Honours course. The degree may, however, be conferred either as a degree with Honours or as a Pass degree.

(2) (a) Candidates for the degree must have followed an approved course of full-time study in the University, extending normally over not fewer than three academic years.

(b) On the recommendation of the appropriate Sub-Faculty or Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Board of the appropriate Faculty, the Senate may permit a suitably qualified candidate to be a full-time candidate for Honours in a second first degree course, which may be completed in less than three academic years.

(3) (a) In the Summer term, Boards of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during the first year on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with candidates’ work in the first year and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the second year of an Honours course; or

(ii) be permitted to take further tests in the Summer vacation; or

(iii) be recommended to withdraw from their course of study.

Candidates in category (iii) above may, if they wish, take further tests in the Summer vacation.

(b) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of the tests held in the Summer vacation together with candidates’ work in the first and in previous tests, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the second year of an Honours course; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their course of study.

(c) Exceptionally, a Board of Examiners may permit a candidate who has not passed the first-year tests to take further tests in a final attempt the following year without residence at the University; when considering the results of these further examinations the Board of Examiners may take either of the decisions open to it under paragraph (b) above.

(4) (a) Where the examination of courses contributing to final degree classification takes place before the final year of the degree programme, Boards of Examiners will consider in the Summer term of that year (or, where that is not possible, during the Summer vacation) the results of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with work done during the year, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the next year of an Honours degree programme; or

(ii) be permitted to take further tests in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University; or

(iii) be recommended to withdraw from their course of study.

(b) Candidates under 4(a)(iii) above may, if they wish, take further tests as directed by the Board of Examiners, as under paragraph 4(a)(ii) above.

(c) When considering a candidate resitting examinations as a result of the requirements of paragraph 4(a)(ii) above, but not on the final year of the degree programme, Boards of Examiners will consider the results of the tests held in accordance with that paragraph together with the candidate’s work during the year and in previous tests, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed as under paragraph 4(a)(i) above; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their course of study.

(d) Where a candidate on an intermediate year has no examinations contributing to final degree classification, a Board of Examiners or a Review Panel for the degree shall consider the work done by the candidate during the year and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the next year of an Honours degree programme; or

(ii) be required to take further tests in the Summer vacation before proceeding to the next year of their course of study.

(5) The final examination or such part of it not previously taken will be held in the third year of a three-year degree course or the fourth year of a four-year degree course. The examination will consist of such tests as may be approved by the Senate. The Senate shall award the degree in accordance with decisions made by Boards of Examiners. The Senate may refer any decision of a Board of Examiners back to that Board for further consideration.

(6) In determining the category and class of degree to be awarded, Boards of Examiners may take into account the quality of candidates’ work throughout the degree course.

(a) The degree with Honours will be awarded in three classes, the second class being in two divisions.

(b) A Pass degree is unclassified.

(7) (a) To be eligible for an Honours classification candidates must have followed the final year of an Honours degree programme, and, except as provided in paragraphs (3)(c) and (4)(a)(ii) above or by special permission of the Senate, must have completed the requirements for the degree in the number of years approved for the degree programme.

(b) (i) Applicable to students who commenced their course at the University prior to 1 August 2008: Candidates who have resat examinations contributing to the final degree classification under paragraph (4)(a)(ii) above, may be considered for the award of an Honours degree but in the calculation of the final degree classification Boards of Examiners may only use the credit gained from the first attempt at the examinations. If the candidate is being considered for the award of a Pass degree, the Board of Examiners may use the credit gained from the second attempt at the examinations.

(ii) Applicable to students who commenced their course at the University on or after 1 August 2008: Candidates who have resat examinations contributing to the final degree classification under paragraphs (4)(a)(ii) above, may be considered for the award of an Honours degree or a Pass Degree. Where a module which contributes to the degree classification has been failed but passed on resit, the pass mark (40%) will be used in the calculation of the degree class or the award of a Pass degree.

(c) Candidates who are not awarded a degree at the conclusion of the final year may take further tests as directed by the Board of Examiners in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University, to qualify for a Pass degree, except that candidates shall not be permitted to resit examinations which have already been resat.

(8) Boards of Examiners may recommend the award of Aegrotat passes or degrees under the conditions laid down in the Regulations Governing the Procedure to be Adopted in the Event of Absence for Medical Reasons from a University Examination.

(9) (a) A candidate who is required by a Board of Examiners to withdraw from his/her course of study under either paragraph (3)(b)(iii) or (4)(c)(ii) above or Regulation 8.14, has the right to make representations, normally in writing, within ten days of the publication of the examination results, to the Appeals Committee of the Board of the Faculty.

(b) The Appeals Committee will consider the appeal of a candidate against a decision made by the Board of Examiners requiring him/her to withdraw under either paragraph (3)(b)(iii) or (4)(c)(ii) above or Regulation 8.14, where a candidate is in possession of evidence which was not available to the Board of Examiners when their decision was reached and can provide good reasons for not having made the Board of Examiners aware of this evidence. An appeal will not be considered in cases where both the Chair of the Board of Examiners and the Chair of the Appeals Committee consider that no such relevant evidence has been adduced by the candidate concerned.

(c) The Appeals Committee shall consist of not fewer than three members appointed by the Chair of the Board of the appropriate Faculty from a panel appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Board of the appropriate Faculty. No teacher of any course studied by the appellant shall be a member of the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee shall not include any member of the appellant’s department. The dates of the meetings of the Appeals Committees, together with the dates by which appellants must submit their appeals to the Secretary of the appropriate Faculty Board, shall be published by the University. Appellants will receive no less than 10 days formal notice of the meeting. The Chair of the appropriate Board of Examiners, or his/her authorised deputy, and the candidate’s Personal Tutor shall be in attendance when an appeal is being considered. If the appellant’s Personal Tutor is unable to be present, then a written statement from the Personal Tutor must be available at the hearing of the appeal. If the appellant’s Tutor is not in attendance, a representative from the appellant’s department(s) must be available when the appeal is being considered to advise the committee on departmental procedure and other relevant matters in the course of the hearing. A written statement shall be obtained from the Head of the appellant’s department who shall consult the teachers on the courses which were resat at the reset examination; written statements from the teachers may also be requested at the discretion of the Chair of the Appeals Committee. The appellant may, if he/she chooses, appear in person before the Appeals Committee and may invite any one other person to attend the hearing. The name and status of any person accompanying the student must be notified to the Chair of the Committee in advance of the meeting.

(d) The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

(10) Permission for students to transfer from one degree course to another may be given only by the Academic Registrar on the recommendation of the Head(s) of Department(s) of the course on which the student is enrolled and to which the student is transferring. Transfer will not normally be permitted to take place between the beginning of the third week of the Spring term and the end of the Summer term. Heads of Departments may recommend that a student transfer degree course during this period where the transfer is to take place at the start of the next academic session.

8.2 Regulations for the Part-Time Degrees of BA and LLB

(1) All candidates for the part-time degrees of BA and LLB will be admitted to an Honours programme. Candidates who do not achieve an Honours degree will be eligible for the award of a Pass Degree if they have successfully completed six courses at Honours level or for the award of a Diploma if they have successfully completed four courses at Honours level or for the award of a Certificate if they have successfully completed four courses at Level 1. Candidates may opt to be considered for the award of a Pass Degree following completion of six courses at Honours level; a candidate awarded a Pass Degree on this basis shall not subsequently be permitted to take further Honours level courses in order to be considered for an Honours degree. A candidate awarded a Pass degree will have met the requirements of the approved course of study for the Pass degree.

(2) (a) Candidates for the degree must have followed an approved programme of part-time study in the University, extending normally over not fewer than four and not more than ten academic years for the BA, and over normally not more than six academic years for the LLB.

(b) Candidates may sit no more than four Level 1 courses and no more than eight Honours Level courses, and to be eligible for an Honours classification candidates must have been examined in eight courses at Honours Level.

(3) Candidates with Fewer than Four Level 1 Courses

(a) In the Summer term, Boards of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates with fewer than four Level 1 courses completed on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with candidates’ work in that year, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to further courses at Level 1; or

(ii) be permitted to take further tests, as specified by the Board of Examiners, in the Summer vacation.

(b) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of the tests held in the Summer vacation together with candidates’ work in the first and in previous tests and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to further courses at Level 1; or

(ii) be recommended to withdraw from their programme of study; or

(iii) exceptionally, be permitted to take further tests, as specified by the Board of Examiners, in a final attempt the following year.

(c) Candidates in (b)(ii) above may, if they wish, take further tests in the following year as specified by the Board of Examiners.

(d) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of tests taken under (b)(iii) or (c) above, together with candidates’ work in previous tests and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to further courses at Level 1; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their programme of study.

(4) Candidates with Four Level 1 Courses

(a) In the Summer term in which candidates have completed their fourth Level 1 course, Boards of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during that year on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with candidates’ work in that and previous years, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to Honours Level; or

(ii) be permitted to take further tests, as specified by the Board of Examiners, in the Summer vacation; or

(iii) be recommended to withdraw from their programme of study.

(b) Candidates in (a)(iii) above may, if they wish, take further tests in the Summer vacation as specified by the Board of Examiners.

(c) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of tests held in the Summer vacation together with candidates’ work in the first and in previous tests and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to Honours Level; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their programme of study; or

(iii) exceptionally, be permitted to take further tests, as specified by the Board of Examiners, in a final attempt the following year.

(d) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of tests taken under (c)(iii) above, together with candidates’ work in previous tests and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to Honours Level; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their programme of study.

(5) Honours Level Candidates

(a) At Honours Level, Boards of Examiners will each year consider the progress of candidates during that year on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with candidates’ work in that year and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to further courses at Honours Level; or

(ii) be permitted to proceed to further courses at Honours Level notwithstanding a fail mark in a particular course; or

(iii) be required to take further tests in the Summer vacation.

(b) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of tests held in the Summer vacation together with candidates’ work in the first test and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to further courses at Honours Level; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their programme of study.

(6) In determining the category and class of degree to be awarded, Boards of Examiners shall take into account the quality of candidates’ work throughout the degree programme.

(a) The degree with Honours will be awarded in three classes, the second class being in two divisions.

(b) A Pass degree is unclassified.

(c) Candidates who are not awarded a degree at the conclusion of their final year may take further tests as directed by the Board of Examiners in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University, to qualify for a Pass degree only, except that candidates shall not be permitted to resit examinations which have already been resat, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(7) Boards of Examiners may recommend the award of Aegrotat passes or degrees under the conditions laid down in the Regulations Governing the Procedure to be Adopted in the Event of Absence for Medical Reasons from a University Examination.

(8) (a) A candidate who is required by a Board of Examiners to withdraw from his/her programme of study under either paragraph (3)(d)(ii), (4)(c)(ii), (4)(d)(ii), or (5)(b)(ii) has the right to make representations, normally in writing, within ten days of the publication of the examination results, to the Appeals Committee of the Board of the appropriate Faculty.

(b) The Appeals Committee will consider the appeal of a candidate against a decision made by the Board of Examiners, requiring him/her to withdraw under either paragraph (3)(d)(ii), (4)(c)(ii), (4)(d)(ii), or (5)(b)(ii) where a candidate is in possession of evidence which was not available to the Board of Examiners when their decision was reached and can provide good reasons for not having made the Board of Examiners aware of this evidence. An appeal will not be considered in cases where both the Chair of the Board of Examiners and the Chair of the Appeals Committee consider that no such relevant evidence has been adduced by the candidate concerned.

(c) The Appeals Committee shall consist of not fewer than three members appointed by the Chair of the Board of the appropriate Faculty from a panel appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Board of the appropriate Faculty. No teacher of any course studied by the appellant shall be a member of the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee shall not include any member of the appellant’s department. The dates of the meetings of the Appeals Committees, together with the dates by which appellants must submit their appeals to the Secretary of the appropriate Faculty Board, shall be published by the University. Appellants will receive no less than 10 days formal notice of the meeting. The Chair of the appropriate Board of Examiners, or his/her authorised deputy, and the candidate’s Personal Tutor shall be in attendance when an appeal is being considered. If the appellant’s Personal Tutor is unable to be present, then a written statement from the Personal Tutor must be available at the hearing of the appeal. If the appellant’s Tutor is not in attendance, a representative from the appellant’s department(s) must be available when the appeal is being considered to advise the committee on departmental procedure and other relevant matters in the course of the hearing. A written statement shall be obtained from the Head of the appellant’s department who shall consult the teachers on the courses which were failed at the resit examination; written statements from the teachers may also be requested at the discretion of the Chair of the Appeals Committee. The appellant may, if he/she chooses, appear in person before the Appeals Committee and may invite any one other person to attend the hearing. The name and status of any person accompanying the student must be notified to the Chair of the Committee in advance of the meeting.

(d) The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

(9) Candidates will be permitted at the end of Level 1 to transfer to another part-time degree programme by the Academic Registrar upon a recommendation made by the Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning provided that the student has successfully completed the appropriate modules. Candidates at Levels 2 and above may be permitted by the Academic Registrar on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning to transfer to another part-time degree programme. Transfer will not normally be permitted to take place between the beginning of the third week of the Spring term and the end of the Summer term. The Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning may recommend that a student transfer degree course during this period where that transfer is to take place at the start of the next academic session.

8.3 Regulations for the Degree of BSc (and for the Degree of BA Awarded on the Recommendation of the Board of the Faculty of Science) and for Undergraduate Masters Degrees in Science except for the Degree of BSc in Engineering and the Degree of BSc, Master of Engineering, (BSc, MEng) and BEng, Master of Engineering (BEng, MEng)

(1) (a) All candidates for the degree of BSc or for undergraduate Masters degrees in the Faculty of Science will be admitted to an Honours programme. Candidates who wish to proceed to an undergraduate Masters degree must normally make application to do so at the beginning of their second year of study. The selection of candidates for undergraduate Masters degrees will be the responsibility of the department concerned.

(b) The programme of study for the BSc and for an undergraduate Masters degree will be pursued concurrently. The degree of BSc may be awarded either as a degree with Honours or as a pass degree. An undergraduate Masters degree may only be awarded as a degree with Honours.

(2) (a) Candidates for the degree of BSc must have followed an approved course of full-time study in the University, extending normally over not fewer than three academic years or, where the degree includes an intercalated year, not fewer than four academic years.

(b) Candidates for an undergraduate Masters degree must have followed an approved course of full-time study in the University extending normally over not fewer than four academic years.

(c) On the recommendation of the Board of the Faculty of Science, the Senate may permit a suitably qualified candidate to be a full-time candidate for the degree of BSc which may be completed in less than three years or, where the degree includes an intercalated year, less than four years.

(d) On the recommendation of the Board of the Faculty of Science, the Senate may permit a suitably qualified candidate to be a full-time candidate for an undergraduate Masters degree which may be completed in less than four academic years.

(3) (a) In the Summer term, Boards of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during the first year on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with candidates’ work in the first year, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the second year of an Honours course; or

(ii) be required to take further tests in the Summer vacation; or

(iii) be recommended to withdraw from their course of study; or

(iv) (if an appropriate standard in any required laboratory tests has not been achieved) candidates may be required to withdraw from their course.

Candidates in category (iii) above who have achieved a satisfactory standard in any required laboratory tests may, if they wish, take further tests in the Summer vacation.

(b) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of the tests held in the Summer vacation together with candidates’ work in the first year and in previous tests, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the second year of an Honours course; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their course of study.

(c) Exceptionally, a Board of Examiners may permit a candidate who has not passed the first year tests to take further tests in a final attempt the following year, without residence at the University; when considering the results of these further examinations the Board of Examiners may take either of the decisions open to it under paragraph (b) above.

(4) In the Summer term, Boards of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during the second year on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate together with candidates’ work in the first and second years, and candidates will either:

(a) be permitted to proceed to the final year of a BSc Honours course; or

(b) be permitted to proceed to the third year of an undergraduate Masters degree course, subject to the requirements laid down in paragraph 1(a) above; or

(c) (i) Applicable to students who commenced their course at the University prior to 1 August 2008: having failed their second-year examinations, be permitted to take further tests to be specified by the examiners in a final attempt the following summer, without residence at the University (with exception of 4(d) below). Students who satisfy the examiners in these tests will be permitted to return to the third year of a BSc programme but will carry forward the examination credit derived from marks obtained in their first attempt at the second-year examinations; or

(ii) Applicable to students who commenced their course at the University on or after 1 August 2008: having failed their second-year examinations, be permitted to take further tests to be specified by the examiners in a final attempt the following summer, without residence at the University (with exception of 4(d) below). Students who satisfy the examiners in these tests will be permitted to return to the third year of a BSc programme. Where a module which contributes to the degree classification has been failed but passed on resit, the pass mark (40%) will be used in the calculation of the degree class or the award of a Pass degree; or

(d) be required to withdraw if an appropriate standard in any required laboratory tests has not been achieved.

(e) be required to withdraw from their course of study if, having failed their second-year examinations, they fail to satisfy the examiners in tests taken the following summer as provided in paragraph (4)(c)(i) or (ii) above.

(5) The final examination for candidates for the degree of BSc will be held in the third year or, where the degree includes an intercalated year, in the fourth year, and will consist of such tests as may be approved by the Senate. The Senate shall award the degree in accordance with decisions made by Boards of Examiners. The Senate may refer any decision of the Board of Examiners back to that Board for further consideration.

In determining the category and class of degree to be awarded, Boards of Examiners will take into account the quality of a candidate’s work throughout the degree programme.

(6) (a) The degree of BSc with Honours will be awarded in three classes, the second class being in two divisions.

(b) A Pass degree is unclassified.

(7) (a) To be eligible for a BSc Honours classification, a candidate must, except as provided in paragraphs (3)(c) and (4)(c) above or by special permission of the Senate, have completed the requirements for the degree in not more than three academic years or, where the degree includes an intercalated year, not more than four academic years from the date of admission to the first year of the programme.

(b) Boards of Examiners may decide that a candidate in the final Honours examination for the degree of BSc should be awarded a Pass degree, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(c) Candidates who fail to obtain Honours in the final examination may not be candidates for Honours at any subsequent examination in the same degree programme.

(d) Candidates who are not awarded a degree at the conclusion of the final year may take further tests as may be approved by the Senate in a final attempt the following summer, without residence at the University, to qualify for a Pass degree if an appropriate standard in any required laboratory tests has been achieved, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(8) In the Summer term the Board of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during the third year of undergraduate Masters degree courses on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with the candidates’s work in the first, second and third years and candidates will either:

(a) be permitted to proceed to the final year of the undergraduate Masters degree course; or

(b) be recommended for the award of the degree of BSc with or without Honours; or

(c) having failed the examination in the third year of an undergraduate Masters degree course, be permitted to take further tests as may be approved by the Senate in a final attempt the following summer without residence at the University, to qualify for a BSc in the Pass category, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(d) be required to withdraw if an appropriate standard in any required laboratory tests has not been achieved.

(9) The final examination for an undergraduate Masters degree will be held at the end of the fourth year and will consist of such tests as may be approved by the Senate. The Senate shall award the degree in accordance with decisions made by the Board of Examiners. The Senate may refer any decision of the Board of Examiners back to that Board for further consideration. In determining the class to be awarded, the Board of Examiners will take into account the quality of a candidate’s work throughout the degree programme.

(10) (a) Undergraduate Masters degrees with Honours will be awarded in three classes, the second class being in two divisions. To be eligible for an Honours classification a candidate must, except as provided in Regulation 3(c) above, or by special permission of the Senate, have completed the requirements for the degree in not more than four academic years from the date of admission to the first year of the programme.

(b) There will be no Pass classification for undergraduate Masters degrees.

(c) The Board of Examiners may decide that a candidate for an undergraduate Masters degree final examination may not be awarded that degree but that the candidate may be assessed for the degree of BSc, with or without Honours.

(d) Candidates who fail to obtain Honours in the final examination for an undergraduate Masters degree may not be candidates for Honours at any subsequent examination in the same degree course.

(e) Candidates who are not awarded an undergraduate Masters degree or the degree of BSc at the conclusion of the final year may take such further tests as may be approved by the Senate in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University, to qualify for a BSc Pass degree, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(11) Boards of Examiners may award Aegrotat passes or degrees under the conditions laid down in the Regulations Governing the Procedure to be Adopted in the Event of Absence for Medical Reasons from a University Examination, except that there will be no Pass aegrotat classification for undergraduate Masters degrees.

(12) (a) A candidate who is required by a Board of Examiners to withdraw from his/her course of study under paragraph 3(a)(iv), (3)(b)(iii), (4)(d), 4(e) and 8(d) has the right to make representations normally in writing, within ten days of the publication of the examination results, to the Appeals Committee of the Board of the Faculty.

(b) The Appeals Committee will consider the appeals of students against decisions made by Boards of Examiners under paragraph 3(a)(iv), (3)(b)(iii), (4)(d), 4(e) and 8(d) where a student is in possession of evidence which was not available to the Board of Examiners when their decision was reached and can provide good reasons for not having made the Board of Examiners aware of this evidence. An appeal will not be considered in cases where both the Chair of the Board of Examiners and the Chair of the Appeals Committee consider that no such relevant evidence has been adduced by the candidate concerned.

(c) The Appeals Committee shall consist of not fewer than three members appointed by the Chair of the Board of the appropriate Faculty from a panel appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Board of the appropriate Faculty. No teacher of any course studied by the appellant shall be a member of the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee shall not include any member of the appellant’s department. The dates of the meetings of the Appeals Committees, together with the dates by which appellants must submit their appeals to the Secretary of the appropriate Faculty Board, shall be published by the University. Appellants will receive no less than 10 days formal notice of the meeting. The Chair of the appropriate Board of Examiners, or his/her authorised deputy, and the candidate’s Personal Tutor shall be in attendance when an appeal is being considered. If the appellant’s Personal Tutor is unable to be present, then a written statement from the Personal Tutor must be available at the hearing of the appeal. If the appellant’s Tutor is not in attendance, a representative from the appellant’s department(s) must be available when the appeal is being considered to advise the committee on departmental procedure and other relevant matters in the course of the hearing. A written statement shall be obtained from the Head of the appellant’s department who shall consult the teachers on the courses which were failed at the resit examination; written statements from the teachers may also be requested at the discretion of the Chair of the Appeals Committee. The appellant may, if he/she chooses, appear in person before the Appeals Committee and may invite any one other person to attend the hearing. The name and status of any person accompanying the student must be notified to the Chair of the Committee in advance of the meeting.

(d) The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

(13) Permission for students to transfer from one degree course to another may be given only by the Academic Registrar on the recommendation of the Head(s) of Department(s) of the course on which the student is enrolled and to which the student is transferring. Transfer will not normally be permitted to take place between the beginning of the third week of the Spring term and the end of the Summer term. Heads of Departments may recommend that a student transfer degree course during this period where that transfer is to take place at the start of the next academic session.

8.4 Regulations for the Degree of BEng, the Degree of BSc in Engineering, the Degree of BEng, Master of Engineering (BEng, MEng) and the Degree of BSc, Master of Engineering (BSc, MEng)

(1) (a) All candidates for the degrees of BEng or BSc in Engineering and for the degree of BEng, Master of Engineering (BEng, MEng) will be admitted to an honours programme. The degree of BEng and MEng (BEng, MEng) may only be awarded jointly and may only be awarded with Honours. Candidates who wish to proceed to the BEng, MEng must normally make application to do so no later than the beginning of their second year of study. The selection of candidates for the BEng, MEng will be the responsibility of the Department of Engineering.

(b) The programme of study for the BEng and MEng will be pursued concurrently. The degree of BSc or BEng awarded without the MEng may be awarded either as a degree with Honours or as a Pass degree.

(c) Candidates for the degrees of BEng, or BSc in Engineering without the MEng must have followed an approved programme of full-time study in the University extending normally over not fewer than three academic years.

(d) Candidates for the BEng, MEng must have followed an approved programme of full-time study in the University extending normally over not fewer than four academic years.

(e) On the recommendation of the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Studies Committee and of the Board of the Faculty of Science, the Senate may permit a suitably qualified candidate to be a full-time candidate for the degrees of BEng or BSc in Engineering, which may be completed in less than three years.

(f) On the recommendation of the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Studies Committee and of the Board of the Faculty of Science the Senate may permit a suitably qualified candidate to be a full-time candidate for the BEng, MEng which may be completed in less than four academic years.

(2) (a) In the Summer term, Boards of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during the first year on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with candidates’ work in the first year, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the second year of an Honours programme; or

(ii) be required to take further tests in the Summer vacation: or

(iii) be recommended to withdraw from their programme of study; or

(iv) (if an appropriate standard in laboratory tests has not been achieved) be required to withdraw from their course.

Candidates in category (iii) above who have achieved a satisfactory standard in laboratory tests may, if they wish, take further tests in the Summer vacation.

(b) Boards of Examiners will consider the results of the tests held in the Summer vacation together with candidates’ work in the first year and in previous tests, and candidates will either:

(i) be permitted to proceed to the second year of an Honours programme; or

(ii) be required to withdraw from their programme of study.

(c) Exceptionally, a Board of Examiners may permit a candidate who has not passed the first year tests to take further tests in a final attempt the following year, without residence at the University; when considering the results of these further examinations the Board of Examiners may take either of the decisions open to it under paragraph (b) above.

(3) In the Summer term, the Boards of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during the second year on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate, together with candidates’ work in the first and second years, and candidates will either:

(a) be permitted to proceed to the final year of a BEng or BSc Honours programme; or

(b) be permitted to proceed to the third year of the programme for the BEng, MEng subject to the requirements laid down in paragraph 1(a) above; or

(c) (i) Applicable to students who commenced their course at the University prior to 1 August 2008: having failed their second year examination, be permitted to take further tests to be specified by the examiners in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University. Students who satisfy the examiners in these tests will be permitted to return to the third year of a BSc or BEng programme only but will carry foward the examination credit derived from the mark obtained at their first attempt at the second-year examinations; or

(ii) Applicable to students who commenced their course at the University on or after 1 August 2008: having failed their second year examination, be permitted to take further tests to be specified by the examiners in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University. Students who satisfy the examiners in these tests will be permitted to return to the third year of a BSc or BEng programme only. Where a module which contributes to the degree classification has been failed but passed on resit, the pass mark (40%) will be used in the calculation of the degree class or the award of a Pass degree; or

(d) be required to withdraw from their programme of study if having failed their second year examinations, they fail to satisfy the examiners in tests taken the following Summer as provided in paragraph 4(c)(i) or (ii) above.

(4) The final examination for candidates for the degree of BEng or BSc in Engineering will be held in the third year and will consist of such tests as may be approved by the Senate. The Senate shall award the degree in accordance with decisions made by Boards of Examiners. The Senate may refer any decision of the Board of Examiners back to that Board for further consideration. In determining the category and class of degree to be awarded, Boards of Examiners will take into account the quality of a candidate’s work throughout the degree programme.

(5) (a) The degree of BEng or BSc with Honours without the MEng will be awarded in three classes, the second class being in two divisions.

(b) A Pass degree is unclassified.

(6) (a) To be eligible for a BEng or BSc Honours classification without the MEng, a candidate must, except as provided in paragraphs 3(c) and 4(d) above or by special permission of the Senate, have completed the requirements for the degree in not more than three academic years from the date of admission to the first year of the programme.

(b) Boards of Examiners may decide that a candidate in the final Honours examination for the degree of BEng or BSc without the MEng should be awarded a Pass degree, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(c) Candidates who fail to obtain Honours in the final examination may not be candidates for Honours at any subsequent examination in the same degree programme.

(d) Candidates who are not awarded a degree at the conclusion of the final year may take further tests as may be approved by the Senate in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University, to qualify for a Pass degree subject, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(7) In the Summer term the Board of Examiners will consider the progress of candidates during the third year of the BEng, MEng on the basis of such tests as may be approved by the Senate and written reports on the projects with industrial application as specified in the Programme Regulations, together with the candidates’ work in the first, second and third years and candidates will either:

(a) be permitted to proceed to the final year of the BEng, MEng; or

(b) be recommended for the award of the degree of BEng or BSc with or without Honours; or

(c) having failed the examination in the third year of the BEng, MEng but having previously passed the second year, be permitted to resit the examination for the third year in June of the following year, without residence at the University, to qualify for a Pass degree, subject to the requirements for the award of a Pass degree having been met.

(8) The final examination for the BEng, MEng will be held at the end of the fourth year and will consist of such tests as may be approved by the Senate. The Senate shall award the degrees BEng and MEng jointly in accordance with decisions made by the Boards of Examiners. The Senate may refer any decision of the Board of Examiners back to that Board for further consideration. In determining the category and class to be awarded, the Board of Examiners will take into account the quality of a candidate’s work throughout the programme.

(9) (a) The BEng, MEng with Honours will be awarded with or without distinction and in three classes, the second class being in two divisions. To be eligible for an Honours classification a candidate must, except as provided in Regulation 2(c) above, or by special permission of the Senate, have completed the requirements for the degrees BEng and MEng in not more than four academic years from the date of admission to the first year of the programme.

(b) There will be no Pass classification for the BEng, MEng.

(c) The Board of Examiners may decide that a candidate for the BEng, MEng final examination may not be awarded the MEng but that the candidate be assessed for the degree of BEng or BSc only, with or without Honours.

(d) Candidates who fail to obtain Honours in the final examination for the BEng, MEng may not be candidates for Honours at any subsequent examination in the same degree programme.

(e) Candidates who are not awarded the BEng, MEng, the degrees of BEng or BSc at the conclusion of the final year may take such further tests as may be approved by the Senate in a final attempt the following Summer, without residence at the University, to qualify for a BEng or BSc Pass degree.

(11) Boards of Examiners may award Aegrotat passes, degrees or diplomas under the conditions laid down in the Regulations Governing the Procedure to be Adopted in the Event of Absence for Medical Reasons from a University Examination, except that there will be no pass aegrotat classification for the BEng, MEng.

(12) (a) A candidate who is required by a Board of Examiners to withdraw from his/her programme of study under paragraph 3(a)(iv), 3(b)(iii) or 4(e) has the right to make representations, normally in writing, within ten days of the publication of the examination results, to the Appeals Committee of the Board of the Faculty.

(b) The Appeals Committee will consider the appeals of students against decisions made by Boards of Examiners under paragraph 3(a)(iv), 3(b)(iii) or 4(e) where a student is in possession of evidence which was not available to the Board of Examiners when their decision was reached and can provide good reasons for not having made the Board of Examiners aware of this evidence. An appeal will not be considered where both the Chair of the Board of Examiners and the Chair of the Appeals Committee consider that no such relevant evidence has been adduced by the candidate concerned.

(c) The Appeals Committee shall consist of not fewer than three members appointed by the Chair of the Board of the appropriate Faculty from a panel appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Board of the appropriate Faculty. No teachers of any course studied by the appellant shall be a member of the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee shall not include any member of the appellant’s department. The dates of the meetings of the Appeals Committees, together with the dates by which appellants must submit their appeals to the Secretary of the appropriate Faculty Board, shall be published by the University. Appellants will receive no less than 10 days formal notice of the meeting. The Chair of the appropriate Board of Examiners, or his/her authorised deputy, and the candidate’s Personal Tutor shall be in attendance when an appeal is being considered. If the appellant’s Personal Tutor is unable to be present, then a written statement from the Personal Tutor must be available at the hearing of the appeal. If the appellant’s Tutor is not in attendance, a representative from the appellant’s department(s) must be available when the appeal is considered to advise the committee on departmental procedure and other relevant matters in the course of the hearing. A written statement shall be obtained from the Head of the appellant’s department who shall consult the teachers on the courses which were failed at the resit examination; written statements from the teachers may also be requested at the discretion of the Chair of the Appeals Committee. The appellant may, if he/she chooses, appear in person before the Appeals Committee and may invite any one other person to attend the hearing. The name and status of any person accompanying the student must be notified to the Chair of the Committee in advance of the meeting.

(d) The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

(13) Permission for students to transfer from one degree course to another may be given only by the Academic Registrar on the recommendation of the Head(s) of Department(s) of the course on which the student is enrolled and to which the student is transferring. Transfer will not normally be permitted to take place between the beginning of the third week of the Spring term and the end of the Summer term. Heads of Departments may recommend that a student transfer degree course during this period where that transfer is to take place at the start of the next academic session.

8.5 Regulations for the Degree of BA (with Qualified Teacher Status) (post 1996 entry)

No longer applicable

8.5.1 Regulations for the Degree of BA (with Qualified Teacher Status) (pre 1996 entry)

No longer applicable