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Requirements for Postgraduate Taught courses offered by the Department of Statistics and Warwick Mathematics Institute, including all related exit qualifications


NB: These Requirements apply to students who registered on any of the above courses from the academic year 2014/15 onwards. Information concerning conventions governing these courses in 2013/14 is available from the respective departments.

1. Principles

(a) The University has a single set of rules for the award of the above mentioned taught postgraduate qualifications.

(b) The classification system for the award of merit and distinction is based on averaging.

(c) These arrangements are consistent with the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and with relevant QAA subject benchmark statements and take account of module and course learning outcomes.

(d) The system is designed to be transparent, clear and comprehensible for students and staff.

(e) In arriving at decisions for an award, a fail mark for a module may not be condoned and a module may not be passed by compensation.

(f) The award of Master will normally be made on (a) successful completion of 60 credits at level 7 on the taught component, including all core modules, and (b) an overall average of at least 50% on the taught component, and (c) passing the dissertation/project.

(g) The award of Postgraduate Diploma will normally be made on (a) successful completion of 60 credits on the taught component, including all core modules, and (b) an overall average of at least 40% on the taught component.

(h) The award of Postgraduate Certificate will normally be made on (a) successful completion of 45 credits on the taught component, including at least one of any core modules, and (b) an overall average of at least 40% on the taught element.

(i) It is the responsibility of examination boards to act in accordance with these rules. No additional conventions may be specified by departments.


2. Marking

(a) All marks should be given on a 0-100 scale.

(b) The minimum pass mark for all postgraduate modules is 50.

(c) Departments must specify in module proposals and in information supplied to students whether students must pass all elements of the assessment on a module in order to be awarded a pass mark. In the event that departments do not do so, students will be awarded a pass in the module if they attain an average mark, weighted according to the percentage of the individual elements of the assessment, which is not lower than 50.


3. Re-examination

(a) Students on taught postgraduate degrees should normally be allowed one opportunity to remedy failure in initial assessment in modules that equate with no more than one half of the total credits awarded in the taught element of the course. Only one re-examination will be permitted for each module except as set out in (g) below.

(b) Students should normally be allowed one opportunity to remedy failure in their dissertation/project module. Students obtaining a mark of 30 or less in the dissertation/project carrying a credit weighting of more than 60 credits will only be permitted to submit a re-worked submission for examination against different learning outcomes, the achievement of which would enable them to be considered for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, except as set out in (g) below.

(c) Where the failure on an initial assessment in a taught module, dissertation or similar piece of independent project work is the result of penalties for late submission, the student should normally not be allowed to revise or resubmit the same assessment in order to remedy that failure, but should be required to undertake a new assessment, dissertation or project. Where it is impracticable for the department to allow the student to undertake a new assessment, dissertation or project that has failed due to penalties for late submission, the initial failure should be allowed to stand (and the matter referred to the Board of Examiners for their consideration of all the circumstances relevant to the case).

(d) Where a failure results from a finding of cheating under University regulations, it should be for the Head of the Department (or his or her authorised deputy), the University Investigating Committee or the Board of Examiners to determine whether the student should be allowed to remedy that failure.

(e) Where a student has failed to reach the minimum pass mark for a module which contains more than one element of assessment, the student shall normally be required to be re-examined only in the element(s) of the assessment which has(have) not met the minimum pass mark, noting that the appropriate method of reassessment should be determined by the Board of Examiners.

(f) The maximum pass mark which may be awarded for a module on re-examination is 50, irrespective of the mark(s) which have been given for other elements of the assessment for that module, except as set out in (g) below. Departments are however required to keep a record of the uncapped mark, although it would not appear on the student’s transcript.

(g) Where there is evidence of serious medical or personal problems disclosed to, and discussed by, the relevant departmental Special Cases Committee, that committee may make recommendations to the relevant Examination Board as to the extent to which these special circumstances should be taken into account in offering to the student an opportunity to be examined as a first attempt or offered a further opportunity for re-examination. Any discretionary consideration should be clearly minuted by Examination Boards. The Examination Board should not amend a module mark or the mark for any element of assessment as a result of special circumstances being taken into account except that where there are a number of elements to the assessment the Examination Board may recalculate a module mark based on the elements of the assessment which have attained a pass mark and which were not affected by the special circumstances.

4. Awards and classification

(a) Students are eligible for the awards shown in appendix A if they meet the following criteria:
i. The award of Master requires (a) successful completion of 60 credits at level 7 on the taught component, including all core modules, and (b) an overall average of at least 50% on the taught component, and (c) passing the dissertation/project.
ii. The award of Postgraduate Diploma requires (a) successful completion of 60 credits on the taught component, including all core modules, and (b) an overall average of at least 40% on the taught component.
iii. The award of Postgraduate Certificate requires (a) successful completion of 45 credits on the taught component, including at least one of any core modules, and (b) an overall average of at least 40% on the taught element.

(b) Where departments require students to attain 120 credits at level 7 for the award of Postgraduate Diploma this must be clearly specified in information supplied to students.

(c) The award of Master, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate should be with merit if a student attains an Award Average (weighted according to the credit rating of the modules comprised within the award) of between 60.0 and 69.9 inclusive and with distinction if a student attains an Award Average of 70.0 or above. Where departments specify that a student must attain a mark on a particular module or modules of 60.0 or above for an award with merit or 70.0 or above for an award with distinction this must be specified in information provided to students.

(d) Where there is evidence of serious medical or personal problems disclosed to and discussed by the relevant departmental Special Cases Committee that committee may make recommendations to the relevant Examination Board as to the extent to which these special circumstances should be taken into account. Any discretionary consideration should be clearly minuted by Examination Boards.

Appendix A: Tabulated Summary of Credit Requirements for Awards

Qualification Total Minimum Credit to be Taken Total Minimum Credit to be Passed on the taught component Minimum overall average on the taught component Additional requirement Highest Level of Credit Minimum Credit to be Passed at Highest Level
Master of Science 180 60, including all core modules 50% Pass dissertation/project component 7 60+dissertation
Master of Advanced Study in Mathematical Sciences 120 60, including all core modules 50% Pass project component 7 60+project
Postgraduate Diploma 120 60, including all core modules 40% n/a 7 60
Postgraduate Certificate 60 45, including at least one of any core modules 40% n/a 7 45

Originally approved by the Chair of AQSC on 15 May 2014. Amended in August 2014 (approved by the Chair of AQSC on 14 August 2014) and in July 2017 (Senate). Last updated 1 August 2017.