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									                                                    School of Civil Engineering and
                                                    the Environment



                               Programme Specification
                             MSc Civil Engineering
1   Awarding Institution:                      University of Southampton
                                               School of Civil Engineering and the
2   Teaching Institution:
                                               Environment, University of Southampton
3   Programme accredited by:                   The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) of the
                                               Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)and the
                                               Institution of Structural Engineers (IStrucE)
4   Final awards, depending exit               Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate
    point:                                     Certificate, Master of Science

                                                MSc Civil Engineering
5   Programme title(s):
                                                MSc Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement

6   UCAS Code:                                  Not applicable
                                               Quality Assurance Agency's Engineering
                                               Benchmark.
                                               Quality Assurance Agency's National
                                               Qualifications Framework (NQF).
7   External References:                       Engineering Council's Standards and Routes to
                                               Registration (SARTOR), IEE Guide to the
                                               Matching Section, v8a (2002), and ICE Core
                                               Training Objectives, 2011.


8   Date produced / revised:                   10th July 2006
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9      Programme aims

The programme is designed to give you an introduction to a range of topics and concepts
within Civil Engineering, allowing you to develop a systematic understanding and critical
awareness in order to both broaden and deepen your knowledge of the area. In addition to
studying modules that will increase your breadth of knowledge, you will be able to specialise,
at Masters level, from a wide range of modules within the School (see Appendices 1 and 2).
Your knowledge will be consolidated through a research project (dissertation) or an 11 month
Industrial Placement period during which you will be expected to reflect and chronicle your
work and write an in-depth dissertation on aspects of the work you have been involved in.
During this placement you will be expected to full fill the role of a graduate engineer and you
will be expected to complete your assignments during your own time. As a result of whichever
pathway you follow, you will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively
and make sound judgements within the field of Civil Engineering.

The programme can be seen as further learning (matching section) as it provides technical
deepening through your ability to specialise in the subject area (e.g. transport, infrastructure,
environmental engineering, management or coastal engineering), technical broadening
through your ability to take a wide selection of modules and the development of professional
skills that enable you to be an effective Civil Engineer. This HEI-based further learning
programme has been developed with reference to the Institution of Civil Engineers Core



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Training Objectives.

The programme aims to:
   A. Provide you with a programme of study at the forefront of civil engineering as a
       profession, affording a critical awareness of current problems and the changing
       needs of the industry.
   B. Allow you to specialise in a chosen area in which you can develop an in-depth
       conceptual understanding of the subject enabling you to critically evaluate information
       and make decisions from data presented.
   C. Enable you to have a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to Civil
       Engineering, understanding the importance of precision, accuracy and creativity in
       the engineering design process.
   D. Develop your critical awareness of the role of the Civil Engineer in Society.
   E. Develop a set of skills pertinent to the role of Civil Engineer that will enable you to
       develop decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable situations, as well as
       reflect on your own continuing professional development requirements.

In order to provide for a diverse range of educational backgrounds the programme will include
four separate pathways. Pathways 1 and 2 are for graduates already holding a degree in Civil
Engineering, whereas Pathways 3 and 4 are for graduates in non Civil Engineering but
cognate disciples. The aims of these pathways include:

Pathways 1 and 3: MSc Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement
    F. Give you experience of working in the Civil Engineering sector and reflecting on your
       experience.
    G. Afford you the opportunity of applying theoretical knowledge gained on the
       programme through your Industrial Placement.
    H. Enable your career pathway towards chartered engineer status.

Pathways 2 and 4: MSc Civil Engineering without Industrial Placement
    I. Afford you the opportunity of applying theoretical knowledge gained on the
       programme through a substantial piece of research or design project (dissertation).
    J. Enable your career pathway towards chartered engineer status.

It is not possible to educate Pathway 3 and 4 students up to the level of a graduate civil
engineer in areas such as structural mechanics, geotechnics, hydraulics and design.
Pathways 3 and 4 will not therefore prepare you for the role of structural engineer, or other
highly technical roles within the construction industry. However, these pathways will prepare
you for the significant proportion of less technical roles within the construction industry, such
as project management, in which a detailed knowledge of engineering science is not required.



10 Programme outcomes

Postgraduate Certificate
You should have achieved detailed, systematic knowledge and critical understanding of at
least three topics from: coastal engineering, environmental engineering, infrastructure,
management or transport planning.

Postgraduate Diploma
You should have achieved detailed, systematic knowledge of a broad range of topic areas,
and a comprehensive conceptual understanding of your chosen areas including at least three
of the following: coastal engineering, environmental engineering, infrastructure, management
or transport planning.

MSc
You should have achieved detailed, systematic knowledge of a broad range of topic areas, a
comprehensive conceptual understanding of your chosen area including at least three of the
following: coastal engineering, environmental engineering, infrastructure, management or



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transport planning. In addition you should have developed the capacity for original self-
directed work on the development of appropriate solutions to complex problems as evidenced
in coursework and your research dissertation (for those without Industrial Placement). For
those selecting to complete an Industrial Placement you will be able to reflect and chronicle
your work as an engineer and write up an in depth dissertation that will evidence your ability
for original self-directed work.


10.1    Student Knowledge and Understanding


Knowledge and understanding of:
    1. The principles of three of the following: coastal engineering, environmental
       engineering, infrastructure, management or transport planning. [Aim A]
    2. Theoretical principles and practical limitations of a particular area of your choice
       through in-depth study. [Aim B,F I]
    3. Contemporary management, legal, operational and business practices which are
       relevant to the sector. [Aims A, B,C,D,I]
    4. Health and safety issues, risk assessment and regulatory frameworks that underpin
       the professional responsibilities of Civil Engineers. [Aim C,I]



Teaching and learning methods

Acquisition of core knowledge and understanding is achieved mainly through lectures
supplemented by laboratory classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, video
presentations, case studies, project work and independent study. These methods maybe
supplemented by field visits and presentations from visiting specialist speakers where
appropriate.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use additional recommended reading
material for private study to consolidate the formal learning process, and to broaden and
deepen your understanding.



Assessment

Assessment will be through individual coursework essays and reports, oral and poster
presentations, field-based reports, written assignments consisting of short and long problems,
written examinations, a dissertation; and where appropriate, team assignments and
presentations. Students are given feedback both verbally and written via the cover sheets for
assignments.


10.2 Subject Specific Cognitive and Intellectual Skills

Cognitive and Intellectual (thinking) skills - you will be able to:

    1. Integrate knowledge from the various disciplines within Civil Engineering in order to
       holistically solve engineering problems. [Aims A,B,C,D]
    2. Identify, critically evaluate and apply appropriate scientific methods to produce
       solutions for complex civil engineering problems. [Aim C]
    3. Apply professional judgement to Civil Engineering projects with regard to
       environmental impact, safety and reliability. [Aim D,E,I,J]
    4. Carry out and reflect on activities congruent with a professional engineer in work
       placement [Aims A,B,C,D,E,J] (Pathways 1 and 3)
    5. Select and research a topic of relevance to the programme of study and



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       independently conduct the investigation in a planned, structured and professional
       manner
    6. Develop the ability to apply concepts and skills, particularly those of advanced
       problem solving, critical analysis and evaluation, within the chosen study area. [Aims
       A,B,C,D] (Pathways 2 and 4)



Teaching/learning methods

Acquisition of core knowledge and understanding is achieved mainly through lectures
supplemented by laboratory classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, video
presentations, case studies, project work and independent study. These methods are
supplemented by field visits and presentations from visiting specialist speakers, plus in-class
discussions and individual meetings with dissertation tutors and practitioners.

The MSc with Industrial Placement will include the use of experiential learning through the 11
month Industrial Placement. This will be monitored by an Industrial Mentor and by the
University's Industrial Liaison Officer.


Assessment

Assessment will be through individual coursework essays and reports, oral and poster
presentations, field-based reports, written assignments consisting of short and long problems,
written examinations, a dissertation; and where appropriate, team assignments and
presentations. Students are given feedback both verbally and written via the cover sheets for
assignments.




10.3 Professional Skills

Practical skills - you will be able to:
   1. Use appropriate equipment and technology . [Aims B,C]
   2. Make professional judgements from data and experience. [Aim B,C]
   3. Carry out impact assessment audits for safety and the environment. [Aims C,D,H]



Teaching and learning methods

Acquisition of core knowledge and understanding is achieved mainly through lectures
supplemented by laboratory classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, video
presentations, case studies, project work and independent study. These methods are
supplemented by field visits and presentations from visiting specialist speakers, plus in-class
discussions and individual meetings with dissertation tutors and practitioners.

The acquisition of the learning outcomes above is through a combination of lectures, small
group teaching, laboratory classes, coursework and projects.


Assessment

Assessment will be through individual coursework essays and reports, oral and poster
presentations, field-based reports, written assignments consisting of short and long problems,
written examinations, a dissertation; and where appropriate, team assignments and


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presentations. Students are given feedback both verbally and written via the cover sheets for
assignments.

Your ability to achieve the learning outcomes above will be assessed by examinations,
projects and a dissertation.




10.4 Transferable Skills

Transferable skills - you will be able to:

    1. Use information technology effectively to locate new research in order to inform your
       work. [Aim A, B,C,E,H]
    2. Competently and professionally use IT packages such as spreadsheets, PowerPoint
       and databases. [Aim E]
    3. Work in a team to solve problems [Aim A,E]
    4. Communicate effectively in both oral and written English. [Aims C, D,E,F,H,I]
    5. Demonstrate appropriate competence in a range of personal skills: to include written
       and oral presentation; report writing; research; academic referencing; use,
       interpretation and evaluation of information; problem solving; planning, designing,
       organising and time keeping [Aims C, D,E,F,H,I];
    6. Use, interpret, evaluate and present information (all modules).




Teaching/learning methods and strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge and understanding is achieved mainly through lectures
supplemented by laboratory classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, video
presentations, case studies, project work and independent study. These methods are
supplemented by field visits and presentations from visiting specialist speakers, plus in-class
discussions and individual meetings with dissertation tutors and practitioners.

The acquisition of the learning outcomes above is through a combination of lectures, small
group teaching, laboratory classes, coursework and projects.


Assessment

Assessment will be through individual coursework essays and reports, oral and poster
presentations, field-based reports, written assignments consisting of short and long problems,
written examinations, a dissertation; and where appropriate, team assignments and
presentations. Students are given feedback both verbally and written via the cover sheets for
assignments.

Your ability to achieve the learning outcomes above will be assessed by examinations,
projects and a dissertation.




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11 Programme Structure and Award Requirements

The Masters programme comprises 180 credit points, of which 60 are for independent study
(dissertation or assessment from Industrial Placement) and 120 credit points from taught
modules. You will select your modules from 5 different areas: Coastal, Environmental,
Infrastructure, Management and Transport. The modules are categorised as levels H
(honours) or M (masters). You must take modules from at least three different subject areas
from the lists in either Appendix 1 or 2, depending on the pathway selected. For a Masters
award you must ensure that you select no more than 30 credits at level H. You can select
your full 120 credit points from M level if you wish. This also applies to the Post Graduate
Diploma award. However for the Post Graduate Diploma, there is no further assessment of
independent study. For a Post Graduate Certificate award you need to pass at least 60 credit
points with no more than 20 of those credit points at level H. The modules are listed in
Appendices 1 and 2.

For those on Pathways 3 or 4 who do not have a Civil Engineering qualification at
undergraduate level, you will take the Understanding Civil Engineering module (30 credits).

The taught programme is covered in one academic year and applicable to all.

If you are registered on either of Pathways 2 or 4 (without Industrial Placement) you will
submit a manuscript of a dissertation not later than the end of September in the year in which
they took the MSc examinations. You must then submit a completed dissertation not later
than the end of December in the year in which you took your examination, unless an
extension of time is granted by the Head of School, who will need to be satisfied that there is
a genuine reason for the extension.

If you are registered for either of Pathways 1 or 3 (with Industrial Placement) you will then
take up work with the Industrial Placement which will last approximately 11 months. Your
dissertation will be completed during your placement and submitted by the end of the 2nd
week in May (in the year after your exams were taken), unless an extension of time is granted
by the Head of School, who will need to be satisfied that there is a genuine reason for the
extension.

See Appendices 1 and 2 for a list of the modules relevant to the different pathways.




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Work on an MSc research project can only begin after successful completion of modules
equivalent to 120 credit points. You can then decide whether to stop and take the Post
Graduate Diploma, or go on to the Masters Award. The overall structure, exit points and
requirements for the programme are as shown below:
The following regulations shall apply:

(a)       The Regulations of the University of Southampton as detailed in the Calendar.
(b)       The specific regulations of the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment as
          given in Appendix 3.




12 Support for Students

From the School
      •   Orientation programme.
      •   Personal tutor to assist you with work problems and advise on pastoral issues.
      •   Access to all academic staff through an appointment system and e-mail.
      •   Student Resource Centre, including School library and computer facilities.
      •   Student Information and Resources Website.


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    •      Extensive, well-equipped laboratories.
    •      Programme Handbook.
    •      Industrial Liaison Officer [MSc with Industrial Placement]

From the University*

    •   Public workstations supporting a comprehensive range of computer packages,
        internet and email.
    •   Study skill packages –see http://www.academic-skills.soton.ac.uk/
    •   Well stocked central library, plus information website with access to e-resources.
    •   Counselling service.
    •   Two Health Centres on the main campus.
    •   Learning Differences Clinic offering support for dyslexia and other learning
        differences.
    •   Disability Adviser.
    •   Adviser to overseas students.
    •   Language support for international students (if required).
    •   University portal.

*not all these services are available during the Industrial Placement



13 Methods for Evaluating the Quality of Learning and Teaching

Internal

    •   Anonymous student evaluation questionnaires for each module and year of the
        programme which are analysed by the year co-ordinators.
    •   Student representation on the Staff-student Liaison Committee and Departmental
        Board.
    •   Annual review of the modules via Courses Committee and Module Co-ordinators.
    •   Annual peer observation of teaching and staff development activity.
    •   Informal and Formal Examination Boards.
    •   Regular reviews of the programme.
    •   University Student Experience Questionnaire.

External

    •   External Examiner who; (a) reviews examination papers, (b) considers marking and
        overall results, (c) can provide you with viva-voce examination if necessary and (d)
        provides an annual report to the University.
    •   Industrial Advisory Board helps with reviews of the programme.




14 Criteria for Admission

The standard of the programme is that expected of an honours graduate (or post-qualification
professional) who has successfully completed an undergraduate programme of study in a
field that provides an appropriate foundation of prior knowledge and skills.

A typical entry requirement for Pathways 1 or 2 is at least a second-class honours BEng or a
BSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering. The typical entry requirements for Pathways
3 or 4 are at least a second-class honours BEng or BSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant
engineering, science or technology subject. UK applicants for these pathways are normally
expected to have A-level maths at grade C or above. Applications are individually assessed,
and if you do not match the standard profile but have a lower academic qualification with


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extensive experience in the Civil Engineering sector, then you are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy, the programme is open to
anyone regardless of age, class, creed, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status,
nationality, sexual orientation or caring responsibilities.


15   Contact information

     Dr. Mike Byfield                                  Mr Marcus Erridge
     Programme Director                                Programme Coordinator
     Tel: 023 8059 7664                                Tel: 023 8059 8714
     e-mail: mpb@soton.ac.uk                           e-mail: me6@soton.ac.uk


N.B.
This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programmes and
the learning outcomes that you might reasonably expect to achieve and demonstrate if you
take full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.



Appendix 1 - Listing of the Modules for Pathways 1 and 2
Appendix 2 - Listing of the Modules for Pathways 3 and 4
Appendix 3 - Programme Progression Requirements.




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Appendix 1: MSc in Civil Engineering (for graduate Civil Engineers)

Pathway 1: With Industrial Placement

Pathway 2: Without Industrial Placement


Subject area     Title                                                  Course      No of    Level    Semester
                                                                        code       Credits
                                                                                   (CATS)
Coastal          Maritime and Coastal Engineering                       CENV6084     15       M           1

                 Marine Environmental Pollution                         CENV6100     15       M           2

                 Coastal Flood Defence                                  CENV6123     15       M           2

Environmental    Waste Resources Management                             CENV6085     15       M           2

                 Environmental Audit and Risk Assessment                CENV6087     15       M           1

                 Contaminated Land and its Remediation                  CENV6089     15       M           1

                 Energy Resources and Engineering                       CENV6090     15       M           1

                 Water and Wastewater Treatment                         CENV3053     15       H           2

                 Acoustics and Noise Control                            SESM3021     15       H           2

Infrastructure   Foundation Engineering                                 CENV6122     15       M           2

                 Advanced Building Engineering                          CENV6086     15       M           2

                 Industrial Based Learning (compulsory for Pathway 1)   CENV6129     60       M           3

                 Earthquake Engineering                                 CENV6134     15       M           2

                 Research Project (compulsory for Pathway 2)            CENV6044     60       M           3

                 Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering              CENV3023     15       H           1

                 Hydraulic Engineering                                  CENV3027     15       H           2

                 Urban Design                                           CENV6130     15       M           2

Management       Advanced Construction Management                       CENV6114     15       M           2

                 Law for Engineering Management                         CENV6115     15       M           1

                 Engineering Project Management                         CENV3052     15       H           2

Transport        Transport Engineering: Analysis and Design             CENV6002     15       M           1

                 Transportation Planning: Policies and Methods          CENV6088     15       M           1

                 Transportation Engineering: Transport Management*      CENV6109     15       M           2




*CENV6002 is a prerequisite

Notes:
   1. A first degree in Civil Engineering a prerequisite for these pathways
   2. You must not select more than 30 credits at H level
   3. As a guide, 1 credit point is equal to approximately 10 hours of learning (including
       contact/teaching time and private study).




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Appendix 2: MSc in Civil Engineering (for non Civil Engineering
      graduates)

Pathway 3: With Industrial Placement

Pathway 4: Without Industrial Placement

                                                                        Course      No of    Level
Subject area     Title                                                  code       Credits                Semester
                                                                                   (CATS)

Coastal          Maritime and Coastal Engineering                       CENV6084     15       M              1

                 Maritime and Environmental Pollution                   CENV6100     15       M              2

                 Coastal Flood Defence                                  CENV6123     15       M              2

Environmental    Waste Resources Management                             CENV6085     15       M              2

                 Environmental Audit and Risk Assessment                CENV6087     15       M              1

                 Contaminated Land and its Remediation                  CENV6089     15       M              1

                 Energy Resources and Engineering                       CENV6090     15       M              1

Infrastructure   Understanding Civil Engineering (compulsory)           CENV6127     30       H              1

                 Urban Design                                           CENV6130     15       M              2

                 Earthquake Engineering                                 CENV6134     15       M              2

                 Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering              CENV6136     15       M              1

                 Industrial Based Learning (compulsory for Pathway 3)   CENV6129     60       M              3

                 Research Project (compulsory for Pathway 4)            CENV6044     60       M              3

Management       Advanced Construction Management                       CENV6114     15       M              2

                 Engineering Project Management                         CENV6137     15       M              2

                 Law for Engineering Management                         CENV6115     15       M              1

Transport        Transport Engineering: Analysis and Design             CENV6002     15       M              1

                 Highway Engineering                                    CENN6003     15       M              2

                 Transportation Planning: Policies and Methods          CENV6088     15       M              1

                 Transportation Engineering: Transport Management*      CENV6109     15       M              2


*CENV6002 is a prerequisite

Note: As a guide, 1 credit point is equal to approximately 10 hours of learning (including
contact/teaching time and private study).




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Appendix 3 - Programme Progression Requirements
The programme consists of two parts: the taught element and either the project or Industrial
Placement period.

The taught element comprises individual modules totalling 120 Credit Points, of which at least
90 are at level M (Masters level, as defined in the National Qualifications Framework).

The project or Industrial Placement is undertaken on an individual basis, and is rated at 60
Credit Points at level M.

You should select modules from at least three of the following subject areas: Coastal,
Environmental, Infrastructure, Management or Transport.

The rules below apply to all MSc programmes in the Faculty of Engineering, Science and
Mathematics, but will be supplemented by additional rules as appropriate to the aims and
objectives of this programme.

Faculty rules for taught Masters programmes were approved by Academic Quality and
Standards Committee on 26 May 2004, and modifications approved on 26 April 2006. They
apply to students entering Masters programmes in 2004-5 and subsequent years. Programme
specific amendments to the Faculty rules are given in bold below; the numbering of
paragraphs follows the original Faculty document.

1. Definitions
1.1 Referral

        The retaking of all or part of the assessment or an alternative assessment of a failed
        module in order to achieve the pass mark. Referral examinations are usually taken
        in the semester/summer following the semester in which the module was failed.

1.2 Resit

        The retaking of assessments as an external student during the following academic
        year. The number and type of assessments to be re-taken are defined in each
        programme specification. A candidate's registration is suspended until the resit has
        been successfully completed. University regulations only allow one resit during the
        whole duration of a student's programme.

        If there are special circumstances, a Board of Examiners may allow a candidate to
        repeat as an alternative to resitting. In the absence of special circumstances, an
        internal resit may be permitted if this is considered to be in that candidate's best
        interests. In either of these cases, normal fees are payable.

1.3 Repeat

        Taking an academic year for the second time. This is normally only permitted when
        there are special circumstances which precluded the candidate from successfully
        completing it at the first attempt. Any assessments from the first attempt are set aside
        and (in contrast to an internal resit) any resit right is not affected. Normal fees are
        payable.

1.4 Module Pass Mark

        The minimum mark required in order to pass a module. This will be 40%.




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2. MA/MSc and MRes Programmes

2.1
       The MA/MSc and MRes degrees consist of two parts: the taught element and the
       project. For the MA/MSc, the taught element is normally weighted at 120 credit points
       and the project at 60 credit points. For the MRes, the taught element is weighted at
       60 credit points and the project at 120 credit points. An MSc/MA may also have this
       weighting, and the programme title in this case will normally include the words “by
       research”.

2.2
       Candidates are required to achieve the module pass mark (normally 40% or as
       specified in programme specifications) or more on each module, except as specified
       in 2.7 below.

2.3
       A candidate who successfully completes the taught element and achieves 50% or
       more on aggregate, and passes the project at the appropriate level as defined below,
       is eligible for the MA/MSc/MRes degree.

2.4
       A candidate who successfully completes 60 credit points and achieves 40% or more
       on aggregate, and who does not proceed for any reason to qualify for the
       Postgraduate Diploma, MA/MSc or MRes as relevant, is eligible for the award of the
       Postgraduate Certificate.
2.5
       A candidate who successfully completes 120 credit points and achieves 40% or more
       on aggregate, and who does not proceed for any reason to qualify for the
       MA/MSc/MRes, is eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

2.6
       Only one award may be made under 2.4 and 2.5 above.

2.7
       Candidates achieving the required aggregate pass mark and showing strong
       performance, but failing to achieve the pass mark in non-compulsory modules
       totalling not more that 30 credit points, may be allowed to progress. The
       definition of 'strong performance' shall be determined by the Exam Board.

2.8
       Referral procedures will be available to candidates who fail to achieve the
       required aggregate by 3% points or fewer, or who achieve the aggregate pass
       mark but fail to achieve the pass mark in compulsory modules, or who fail
       compulsory modules and do not qualify to progress under 2.7 above.

2.9
       Resit procedures will be available to candidates not achieving the aggregate pass
       mark or failing at referral and who have not previously resat. The procedures differ
       from one programme to another and are detailed in individual programme
       specifications. An aggregate mark of 50% for the taught element will be recorded for
       candidates progressing following a resit.

2.10
       The project dissertation for the MRes or the MA/MSc “by research” is assessed
       according to the criteria appropriate to research degrees. These are not awarded with
       any classification or with Distinction.

2.11
       The dissertation shall be marked on a percentage scale or an equivalent letter
       grade scale. The pass mark for the dissertation shall be 50% or Grade C. A


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       candidate failing to achieve this may submit a revised dissertation on one
       occasion only with either minor or major corrections. The time allowed for
       minor corrections will be one month and for major corrections three months, in
       both cases including a single meeting with the supervisor. Such a candidate
       will not be eligible for Distinction. Dissertations will be marked either on a letter
       grade scale or as a percentage, where the following equivalences apply:

                              A                 ≥ 70%
                              B                 ≥ 60%
                              C                 ≥ 50%
                              D                < 50%

2.12
       A candidate achieving 70% or more on aggregate on the taught element, and 70% or
       more (Grade A) on the dissertation, is awarded the MA/MSc with Distinction. The
       Board of Examiners may also recommend the award of Distinction to a candidate
       whose dissertation is outstanding (80% or more) and whose aggregate mark on the
       taught element is at least 68%.

2.13

       Candidates may commence work on the industrial placement or research
       project at a time agreed by the programme leader. The time will not normally be
       before modules totalling 120 Credit Points have been successfully completed.

2.14
       Students who progress successfully to the industrial placement or research
       project, but who for whatever reason are unable to complete the industrial
       placement or research project successfully, will graduate with a Postgraduate
       Diploma.

2.15
       Dissertations for the research project or industrial placement will be assessed
       by a single internal examiner, and then double marked by a second internal
       examiner. If the examiners disagree as to grading, a third internal examiner will
       be appointed to resolve the question. Candidates for Distinction (see 2.12) may
       also be reviewed by a third examiner. The External Examiner may review and
       comment on any project report, but may not allocate marks.

2.16
       A candidate achieving C (50%) or higher in this work is eligible for the award of
       MSc. A candidate failing to achieve 50% is allowed to submit a revised
       dissertation on one occasion.




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