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					                                                            CHSS Paper 2007/1/1 (Rev 1)


    CHSS - PGT SELECTION CRITERIA FROM SCHOOLS (@ 23 OCT 07)

                                       CONTENTS


   College Guidance on PGT Application Selection Criteria

   From ACE – PG Programme Admissions

   From ACE – Further Programme Selection Information

   From DIV - PGT PGT Biblical Studies selection criteria

   From DIV - PGT Christianity in the Non-Western World selection criteria

   From DIV - PGT Ministry selection criteria

   From DIV - PGT Theological Ethics selection criteria

   From DIV - PGT Theology in History selection criteria

   From EDU – AWAITED

   From HEA - AWAITED

   From HCA - Revised Admissions Criteria MSc T

   From LAW - PGTCriteriaSept07

   From LLC - Assessment Criteria for MScTs

   From MSE - Admissions Reqts (MSc)

   From MSE - Admissions Reqts (MBA)

   From PPLS - interim (from email) - Assessment Criteria for MScTs

   From SPS – AWAITED




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GUIDANCE ON PG APPLICATION SELECTION CRITERIA

This guidance is intended to assist those developing criteria for acceptance of PGT
applications. It consists of principles, rather than specific attributes.


THE PRINCIPLES


* Each programme should list the documents required on which a decision would be made.
This list must include a minimum of: a completed application form, an academic transcript
and two references. An acceptable English language test certificate will be required from
international students as required in due course.

* Criteria must be simple and unambiguous.

* Criteria must be chosen and described in such a way that enables decisions to be made
(eg “ a 2:1 in Law” is more helpful than “a good degree”).

* Criteria must include explicit academic aspects such as entry qualifications, entry
experience, use of references, personal statements and portfolio requirements.

* Criteria must include explicit non-academic aspects such as English language requirements
and any age constraints.

* Criteria must include sufficient information to identify those applicants whose applications
should clearly be rejected.

* Criteria must include quota limitations such as a maximum cohort size, maximum over-offer
ratio (eg 110% = 10% more offers than places can be made to allow for anticipated drop-
outs), waiting list size and any maximum numbers from specific countries.

* Guidance provided on the interpretation of supporting documents such as references and
transcripts should be sufficiently comprehensive to allow consistent decisions to be made.



Rick Kiralfy
15 Jun 07




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ACE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME ADMISSIONS


Standard University Admissions criteria normally apply:

                                                 st
        First degree in an appropriate subject (1 or 2.1cl)

        English certificate at the required level if English not first language (exemption can be
        granted from this requirement if first degree taught in English)

        Transcript of degree results

        Copy of degree certificate

        2 references

However, it should be noted that careful consideration will always be given by admissions tutors
to non-standard entry applications from candidates with appropriate knowledge and experience.
This is particularly important in a School such as ACE which caters for the creative disciplines of
Music, Architecture and History of Art. Many such applications have been successful in the past.

See attached notes (below) for further details of specific programme requirements and comments
from admissions tutors.




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ACE – FURTHER PROGRAMME SELECTION INFORMATION

SUBJECT                  PROGRAMME             POS    RESEARCH    PROGRAMME        ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
 AREA                                         CODE     COSTS/      DIRECTOR
                                                      BENCH FEE

                                                                                   Design Portfolio - guidance via www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow
                  Advanced Architectural                          Stephen
                                              C0069     £800                       link for admissions. For general programme information, see
                  Design (MSc/Dip)                                Cairns
                                                                                   http://www.ace.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm
                  Architectural Design                                             Design Portfolio - guidance via www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow
                                              C0007     £250      Stephen Cairns
                  Practices (MSc/Dip[r])                                           link for admissions.
                  Architectural Facilities                        Remo
                                              C0186      HW                        Admissions administered by HW
                  Management (MSc)**                              Pedreschi
                  Architectural Project                           Remo
                                              C0028      HW                        Admissions administered by HW
                  Management (MSc) **                             Pedreschi
                                                                                   500 word synopsis of intended research topic - guidance via
                  Architecture (MSc/Dip[r])   C0095     £250      Alex Bremner
                                                                                   www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow link for admissions
                                                                                   Personal statement outlining academic background and motivation
                                                                  Richard          for undertaking studies. A portfolio of visual and/or design material,
   ARCHITECTURE




                  The City                    C0168     £800
                                                                  Williams         and/or written material. See www.ace.ed.ac.uk/city/ - follow link for
                                                                                   admissions
                  Design & Digital Media                                           See notes from Programme Director. For general programme
                                              C0090     £800      John Lee
                  (MSc/Dip)                                                        information, see http://www.ace.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm
                  Digital Media & Culture                                          500 word synopsis of intended research topic - guidance via
                                              C0008     £250      Richard Coyne
                  (MSc/Dip[r])                                                     www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow link for admissions
                                                                                   500 word synopsis of intended research topic - guidance via
                  Sound Design (MSc/Dip[r])   C0005     £250      Martin Parker    www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow link for admissions. Also see
                                                                                   notes from Programme Director
                                                                                    See http://sd.caad.ed.ac.uk/mscsounddesign/ - follow link for
                  Sound Design (MSc/Dip)      C0068     £800      Martin Parker
                                                                                   admissions. Also see notes attached from Programme Director
                                                                                   Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
                                                                                   Applicants who do not have a sound-related undergraduate degree
                                                                                   are asked to submit a small portfolio of sound work. This can range
                  Sound Environments
                                              C0004     £800      Richard Coyne    from an essay on sound to a small collection of sound recordings,
                  (MSc/Dip)
                                                                                   performances or documentation of a sound-based project such as an
                                                                                   installation, film or animation. For general programme information,
                                                                                   see http://www.ace.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm


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SUBJECT                    PROGRAMME                 POS    RESEARCH         PROGRAMME       ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
 AREA                                               CODE     COSTS/           DIRECTOR
                                                            BENCH FEE

                                                                                             500 word synopsis of intended research topic - guidance via
                    PhD Architecture                C0094       £250         Alex Bremner
                                                                                             www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow link for admissions
                                                                             Stephen         500 word synopsis of intended research topic and design portfolio -
                    PhD by Design                   C0188       £250
                                                                             Cairns          guidance via www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow link for admissions
                                                                                             500 word synopsis of intended research topic - guidance via
                    MPhil Architecture              C0093       £250         Alex Bremner
                                                                                             www.architecture.ed.ac.uk - follow link for admissions.
                                                                             Richard
                    History of Art (MSc/Dip[r])     A0362       £250                         Research proposal synopsis on intended research topic
                                                                             Williams
                    History, Theory & Display                                Richard
                                                    A0995       £250                         2000 word essay on History of Art
                    (MSc/Dip)                                                Williams
   HISTORY OF ART




                                                                 £100
                    Renaissance to                          (increasing to
                                                    C0009                    Jill Burke      2000 word essay on any humanities subject
                    Enlightenment (MSc/Dip)                      £250
                                                              2008/2009)

                    Scottish Art & Visual Culture
                                                    A0906       £250         Viccy Coltman   2000 word essay on History of Art
                    1750-2000(MSc/Dip)
                                                                             Richard
                    PhD History of Art              A0815       £250                         Research proposal synopsis on intended research topic
                                                                             Williams
                                                                             Richard
                    MPhil History of Art            A0367       £250                         Research proposal synopsis on intended research topic
                                                                             Williams
                                                                                             Normally a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, e.g. a
                                                                                             diploma at an equivalent standard from a major conservatory of
                                                                                             music. Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a subject other than music
                                                                                             can also be considered if the applicant can provide evidence of
                                                                                             musical qualifications which guarantee sufficient knowledge of music
                                                                                             to take the course, e.g. Grade 8 or a diploma from a recognised
   MUSIC




                                                                                             examining board. While this is the basic qualification, evidence of
                    Composition(MMus)               H0020       £250         Nigel Osborne
                                                                                             commitment to, and ability to learn from, the programme are also
                                                                                             sought in the applicant's letter of application, references etc.
                                                                                             Additional information in support of an application should be
                                                                                             provided on the form available at -
                                                                                             http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm. Applicants
                                                                                             should also supply two pieces of work (either written or composition)
                                                                                             for consideration by the admissions tutor along with their application.


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SUBJECT         PROGRAMME          POS    RESEARCH    PROGRAMME      ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
 AREA                             CODE     COSTS/      DIRECTOR
                                          BENCH FEE

                                                                     Normally a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, e.g. a
                                                                     diploma at an equivalent standard from a major conservatory of
                                                                     music. Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a subject other than music
                                                                     can also be considered if the applicant can provide evidence of
                                                                     musical qualifications which guarantee sufficient knowledge of music
                                                                     to take the course, e.g. Grade 8 or a diploma from a recognised
                                                                     examining board. While this is the basic qualification, evidence of
          Digital Composition &                       Michael
                                  H0024     £800                     commitment to, and ability to learn from, the programme are also
          Performance(MSc/Dip)                        Edwards
                                                                     sought in the applicant's letter of application, references etc.
                                                                     Additional information in support of an application should be
                                                                     provided on the form available at -
                                                                     http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm. Applicants
                                                                     should also supply at least two pieces of original music (either in
                                                                     score or recorded form) for consideration by the admissions tutor
                                                                     along with their application.
                                                                     Normally a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, e.g. a
                                                                     diploma at an equivalent standard from a major conservatory of
                                                                     music. Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a subject other than music
                                                                     can also be considered if the applicant can provide evidence of
                                                                     musical qualifications which guarantee sufficient knowledge of music
                                                                     to take the course, e.g. Grade 8 or a diploma from a recognised
          Keyboard Performance                                       examining board. While this is the basic qualification, evidence of
                                  H0021     £250      John Kitchen
          Studies (MMus)                                             commitment to, and ability to learn from, the programme are also
                                                                     sought in the applicant's letter of application, references etc.
                                                                     Additional information in support of an application should be
                                                                     provided on the form available at -
                                                                     http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm. Applicants
                                                                     should also supply two authenticated recordings of their performance
                                                                     for consideration by the admissions tutor along with their application.




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SUBJECT         PROGRAMME                POS    RESEARCH    PROGRAMME       ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
 AREA                                   CODE     COSTS/      DIRECTOR
                                                BENCH FEE

                                                                            Normally a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, e.g. a
                                                                            diploma at an equivalent standard from a major conservatory of
                                                                            music. Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a subject other than music
                                                                            can also be considered if the applicant can provide evidence of
                                                                            musical qualifications which guarantee sufficient knowledge of music
                                                                            to take the course, e.g. Grade 8 or a diploma from a recognised
                                                                            examining board. While this is the basic qualification, evidence of
          Music (MSc by Research)       H0007     £250      Katie Overy
                                                                            commitment to, and ability to learn from, the programme are also
                                                                            sought in the applicant's letter of application, references etc.
                                                                            Additional information in support of an application should be
                                                                            provided on the form available at -
                                                                            http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm. Applicants
                                                                            should also provide a research proposal synopsis on intended
                                                                            research topic
                                                                            Normally a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, e.g. a
                                                                            diploma at an equivalent standard from a major conservatory of
                                                                            music. Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a subject other than music
                                                                            can also be considered if the applicant can provide evidence of
                                                                            musical qualifications which guarantee sufficient knowledge of music
          Music in the Community                                            to take the course, e.g. Grade 8 or a diploma from a recognised
                                        H0025     £250      Katie Overy
          (MSc/Dip)                                                         examining board. While this is the basic qualification, evidence of
                                                                            commitment to, and ability to learn from, the programme are also
                                                                            sought in the applicant's letter of application, references etc.
                                                                            Additional information in support of an application should be
                                                                            provided on the form available at -
                                                                            http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm.
                                                                            Normally a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, e.g. a
                                                                            diploma at an equivalent standard from a major conservatory of
                                                                            music. Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a subject other than music
                                                                            can also be considered if the applicant can provide evidence of
                                                                            musical qualifications which guarantee sufficient knowledge of music
          Musical Instrument Research                                       to take the course, e.g. Grade 8 or a diploma from a recognised
                                        H0008     £250      Darryl Martin
          (MMus)                                                            examining board. While this is the basic qualification, evidence of
                                                                            commitment to, and ability to learn from, the programme are also
                                                                            sought in the applicant's letter of application, references etc.
                                                                            Additional information in support of an application should be
                                                                            provided on the form available at -
                                                                            http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm.

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SUBJECT           PROGRAMME       POS    RESEARCH    PROGRAMME      ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
 AREA                            CODE     COSTS/      DIRECTOR
                                         BENCH FEE

                                                                    Normally a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, e.g. a
                                                                    diploma at an equivalent standard from a major conservatory of
                                                                    music. Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a subject other than music
                                                                    can also be considered if the applicant can provide evidence of
                                                                    musical qualifications which guarantee sufficient knowledge of music
                                                                    to take the course, e.g. Grade 8 or a diploma from a recognised
            Musicology(MMus)     H0018     £250      Noel O'Regan
                                                                    examining board. While this is the basic qualification, evidence of
                                                                    commitment to, and ability to learn from, the programme are also
                                                                    sought in the applicant's letter of application, references etc.
                                                                    Additional information in support of an application should be
                                                                    provided on the form available at -
                                                                    http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/index.htm.
            PhD Music            H0012     £250      Katie Overy    Research proposal synopsis on intended research topic

            MPhil Music          H0011     £250      Katie Overy    Research proposal synopsis on intended research topic



** administered by Heriot Watt




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DIVINITY

MTh/MSc in Biblical Studies: Selection Criteria

1)   List of documents on which a decision would usually be made:

        i) completed application form
        ii) all original transcripts
        iii) two letters of (academic) references

A certificate of competence in English language (to the standard required by CHSS) would be
required of students for whom English is not a first language. Without this, an offer will only be
conditional.

2) Entry Requirements. Admission is open to students with a good honours degree, or its
equivalent, namely, a good 2.1 classed degree or 3.5 and above GPA in Divinity, Religious
Studies or cognate subjects (with adequate previous study relevant to Biblical Studies), or
exceptionally in another subject when there is evidence that the student can move successfully to
postgraduate-level study in biblical studies, or exceptionally to candidates whose prior study and
professional experience provide evidence of ability for postgraduate study in Biblical Studies.

3) Academic Transcripts. All students are expected to have prior study in at least one of the two
main biblical languages (Hebrew, Greek), and the core requirements in the programme include
further courses in biblical and/or cognate languages. Normally, applicants will be expected to
have completed a second-level course in biblical Hebrew or Greek, or demonstrate comparable
reading ability. Applicants may be admitted, however, on the basis of a very strong showing in a
first-level course in either language. Therefore the language components of the transcript will
especially be scrutinised for suitability for the programme.

4) Reference Letters. Only academic reference letters will be acceptable. They must be
confidential and sent directly to the University from the referee and not come from the candidate.
Little or no value will be placed on „open‟ reference letters from the candidate.

5) We look especially for clarity of focus in the applicant‟s description of his/her academic
interests. This requires academic judgment.

6) We have no portfolio requirements. We may ask for a sample of scholarly written work,
particularly if a student has unconventional entry qualifications but looks promising, or if s/he
declares an interest in proceeding to research (see also 10, below).

7) There are no age constraints.

8) We do not at present maintain a maximum number of entrants per year, and so would not
want to have a waiting list.

9) We have no restrictions about maximum numbers from specific countries.

10) If the applicant has an interest in going on to doctoral work, their suitability for using this
particular Masters degree as a training degree needs to be assessed: this requires academic
judgment.

11) Quite often, we recommend that an applicant for one course is offered a place on another
more suitable programme (another taught Masters course, or a Masters by Research): such a
recommendation would be made on academic grounds.




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MTh / MSc in non-Western Christianity: application selection criteria

1)      List of documents on which a decision would usually be made:

     i) a completed application form
     ii) academic transcripts for degrees completed or in progress
     iii) two academic references

A certificate of competence in English language (to the standard required by CHSS) would be
required of students for whom English is not a first language. This could be produced in due
course, but if so would always be part of a conditional offer.

2) Entry qualifications. Normally a 2:1 or equivalent, e.g. a North American GPA of 3.5.
However, a considerable number of students who fall slightly below this hurdle turn out to be
excellent: the decision about whether an applicant‟s qualifications are appropriate is an academic
one. Successful applicants would be likely to have an undergraduate degree in Theology or
Religious Studies: interested and qualified students with a degree in Social Anthropology, History
or similar will also be accepted. Successful applicants might hold an undergraduate degree in an
entirely unrelated area (e.g. an undergraduate Science degree) but also hold a Graduate Diploma
in Theology, or a degree such as Master of Arts in Religion, or a Master of Divinity.

3)       Academic transcripts should provide evidence of previous coursework relevant to the
demands of this programme, which will enable students to study Christianity in, or derived from,
Africa, Asia, Latin America. Applicants‟ performance in these courses is particularly noted, as
evidence of aptitude, experience and skills for postgraduate work within the scope of this
programme. This again requires academic judgment.

4)      Use of references. Along with academic transcripts, the academic references are an
important indicator of potential for Masters level work. This is particularly true if an applicant has
an unconventional background for entry. Academic judgment is especially necessary to assess
the weight to be placed on a referee‟s opinion and to judge the calibre of their institution, given
that many applicants come from a variety of educational centres in Africa and Asia.

5)       We look especially for a definite focus in the applicant‟s description of his/her academic
interests, even if this is not always sharply articulated due in large part to different academic
backgrounds and expectations. This requires academic judgment.

6)       We have no portfolio requirements. We may ask for a sample of scholarly written work,
particularly if a student has unconventional entry qualifications but looks promising, or if s/he
declares an interest in proceeding to research (see also 10, below): again, this is an academic
decision.

7)      There are no age constraints.

8)       At this point we would not want to put limits on the maximum cohort size (we are still
building up our numbers), and so would not want to have a waiting list.

9)      We have no restrictions about maximum numbers from specific countries.

10)      If the applicant has an interest in going on to doctoral work, their suitability for using this
particular Masters degree as a training degree may need to be assessed: this requires academic
judgment.




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11)    Quite often, we recommend that an applicant for one course is offered a place on another
more suitable programme (another taught Masters course, or a Masters by Research): such a
recommendation would be made on academic grounds.

MTh / MSc in Ministry: application selection criteria

1)       List of documents on which a decision would usually be made:

     (i) a completed application form
     (ii) academic transcripts for degrees completed or in progress
     (iii) two academic references

A certificate of competence in English language (to the standard required by CHSS) would be
required of students for whom English is not a first language. This could be produced in due
course, but if so would always be a condition set for a conditional offer.

2)     Entry qualifications. Normally a 2:1 or equivalent, e.g. a North American GPA of 3.5.
(However, in some cases we have recruited students who have narrowly fallen below this hurdle,
who have turned out to be excellent.) Successful applicants for this programme would be likely to
have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Theology.

3)       Applicants for this degree will also have either professional experience of Christian
ministry or be candidates for ordination in a recognised Christian denomination.

4)       Use of references. Along with academic transcripts, the references are an important
indicator of potential for Masters level work. For the Ministry degree such references are as likely
to concern the preaching, teaching and pastoral skills of a candidate as their academic work.
Such references will need to be assessed by the director of the Masters‟ programme and are not
easily amenable to judgment by those without knowledge of professional ministerial practice.

5)       We look especially for clarity of focus in the applicant‟s description of his/her academic
interests. This requires academic judgment based on experience of ministry and of the study of
practical theology in the academy.

6)      We have no portfolio requirements for the Ministry degree. We may ask for a sample of
scholarly written work, particularly if a student has unconventional entry qualifications but looks
promising, or if s/he declares an interest in proceeding to research (see also 10, below).

7)       There are no age constraints.

8)       At this point we would not want to put limits on the maximum cohort size (we are still
building up our numbers), and so would not want to have a waiting list.

9)       We have no restrictions about maximum numbers from specific countries.

10)      If the applicant has an interest in going on to doctoral work, their suitability for using this
particular Masters degree as a training degree needs to be assessed: this requires academic
judgment.

11)    Quite often, we recommend that an applicant for one course is offered a place on another
more suitable programme (another taught Masters course, or a Masters by Research): such a
recommendation would be made on academic grounds.




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MTh / MSc Theological Ethics : application selection criteria

1)      List of documents on which a decision would usually be made:

     i) a completed application form
     ii) academic transcripts for degrees completed or in progress
     iii) two academic references

A certificate of competence in English language (to the standard required by CHSS) would be
required of students for whom English is not a first language. This could be produced in due
course, but if so would always be a condition set for a conditional offer.

2)        Entry qualifications. Normally a 2:1 or equivalent, e.g. a North American GPA of 3.5.
(However, in some cases we have recruited students who have narrowly fallen below this hurdle,
who have turned out to be excellent.) Successful applicants for this programme would be likely to
have an undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies, but with the right components
in their undergraduate degree they might enter with a degree in Political Science and Media
Studies, or in another Humanities subject. Also, successful applicants might hold an
undergraduate degree in an entirely unrelated area (e.g. an undergraduate Science degree) but
also hold a Graduate Diploma in Theology, or a degree such as Master of Arts in Religion, or a
Master of Divinity.

3)       Academic transcripts should provide evidence of previous coursework relevant to the
demands of this programme, i.e. a special focus on relevant areas within theology and /or
religious history. Applicants‟ performance in these courses is particularly noted, as evidence of
aptitude, experience and skills for postgraduate work within the interdisciplinary scope of this
programme. This requires academic judgment.

4)       Use of references. Along with academic transcripts, the academic references are an
important indicator of potential for Masters level work. This is particularly true if an applicant has
an unconventional background for entry. Academic judgment is necessary to assess the weight
to be placed on a referee‟s opinion and to judge the calibre of their institution.

5)       We look especially for clarity of focus in the applicant‟s description of his/her academic
interests. This requires academic judgment.

6)       We have no portfolio requirements. We often ask for a sample of scholarly written work,
particularly if a student has unconventional entry qualifications but looks promising, or if s/he
declares an interest in proceeding to research (see also 10, below).

7)      There are no age constraints.

8)       At this point we would not want to put limits on the maximum cohort size (we are still
building up our numbers), and so would not want to have a waiting list.

9)      We have no restrictions about maximum numbers from specific countries.

10)      If the applicant has an interest in going on to doctoral work, their suitability for using this
particular Masters degree as a training degree needs to be assessed: this requires academic
judgment.

11)    Quite often, we recommend that an applicant for one course is offered a place on another
more suitable programme (another taught Masters course, or a Masters by Research): such a
recommendation would be made on academic grounds.




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MTh / MSc Theology in History: application selection criteria

1)      List of documents on which a decision would usually be made:

     i) a completed application form
     ii) academic transcripts for degrees completed or in progress
     iii) two academic references

A certificate of competence in English language (to the standard required by CHSS) would be
required of students for whom English is not a first language. This could be produced in due
course, but if so would always be a condition set for a conditional offer.

2)      Entry qualifications. Normally a 2:1 or equivalent, e.g. a North American GPA of 3.5.
(However, in some cases we have recruited students who have narrowly fallen below this hurdle,
who have turned out to be excellent.) Successful applicants for this programme would be likely to
have an undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies, or in History, but with the right
components in their undergraduate degree they might enter with a degree in English Literature, or
Philosophy, or in another Humanities subject. Also, successful applicants might hold an
undergraduate degree in an entirely unrelated area (e.g. an undergraduate Science degree) but
also hold a Graduate Diploma in Theology, or a degree such as Master of Arts in Religion, or a
Master of Divinity.

3)       Academic transcripts should provide evidence of previous coursework relevant to the
demands of this programme, i.e. a special focus on relevant areas within theology and /or
religious history. Applicants‟ performance in these courses is particularly noted, as evidence of
aptitude, experience and skills for postgraduate work within the interdisciplinary scope of this
programme. This requires academic judgment.

4)       Use of references. Along with academic transcripts, the academic references are an
important indicator of potential for Masters level work. This is particularly true if an applicant has
an unconventional background for entry. Academic judgment is necessary to assess the weight
to be placed on a referee‟s opinion and to judge the calibre of their institution.

5)       We look especially for clarity of focus in the applicant‟s description of his/her academic
interests. This requires academic judgment.

6)       We have no portfolio requirements. We often ask for a sample of scholarly written work,
particularly if a student has unconventional entry qualifications but looks promising, or if s/he
declares an interest in proceeding to research (see also 10, below).

7)      There are no age constraints.

8)       At this point we would not want to put limits on the maximum cohort size (we are still
building up our numbers), and so would not want to have a waiting list.

9)      We have no restrictions about maximum numbers from specific countries.

10)      If the applicant has an interest in going on to doctoral work, their suitability for using this
particular Masters degree as a training degree needs to be assessed: this requires academic
judgment.

11)    Quite often, we recommend that an applicant for one course is offered a place on another
more suitable programme (another taught Masters course, or a Masters by Research): such a
recommendation would be made on academic grounds.




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                                UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
                      SCHOOL of HISTORY, CLASSICS and ARCHAEOLOGY

Entry Criteria for Admission to Taught Masters Programmes

To gain entry, applicants must ensure that documentary evidence is supplied satisfying the
following criteria:

         1. A relevant Honours degree normally at minimum 2i Honours (UK), GPA 3.4
            (North America), or NARIC equivalent level. Where the first degree is pending, a
            certified Interim Transcript must be supplied instead. The applicant‟s transcript should
            clearly indicate that the candidate has appropriate experience in the subject of the
                                                                          1
            relevant M.Sc. programme or in a relevant cognate discipline.

         2. Two good academic references which assess the candidate‟s ability to undertake
            taught postgraduate courses and to complete an extended piece of independent
            research in the form of a fifteen-thousand word dissertation.

         3. Where English is not the candidate‟s first language, the candidate holds a relevant
            recognised English language qualification as detailed at:

             http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/Postgraduate/prospective/englang.htm

             A test score of IELTS 7.0 or higher is required for admission. Alternatively, a
             candidate should supply a letter from the university which awarded the first degree
             confirming that its courses were taught and examined in English.

         4. An offer may be made if the candidate provides evidence that all of the above criteria
            have been met. If the documentation is incomplete - if, for example, the first degree
            result or the result of an English test are pending - it may be appropriate for an offer
            to be made conditional upon supplying the missing evidence at a later date.

    Where a candidate has supplied the required documentary evidence and appears to have
    failed to meet these criteria, the College reviewer should pass this to the School PG Office for
    a School reviewer to consider the application. When any doubt exists in the mind of the
    College reviewer regarding the relevance of the first degree or the quality of the references
    the application should be sent to the School for review.

    The School reviewer may wish to make a justified case to College for non-standard
    admission. Reasons may include:

                 The applicant has substantial relevant employment experience to compensate for
                  a lower first degree result;
                 The applicant has marks of the required academic standard (2i or equivalent) for
                  the relevant subjects and has had their overall result lowered by subjects not
                  directly relevant to the intended field of study.
                 The applicant shows significant improvement in the final years of his/her
                  undergraduate degree;
                 that the applicant has attained a 2.1 (or equivalent) level in a degree in a cognate
                  field;


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  Such as literature, art history, geography, history of science, philosophy, anthropology, or, in the case of
Osteoarchaeology, forensic or life sciences. For the degree programmes in Mediaeval History and First
Millennium Studies the candidate’s transcript should demonstrate that s/he has studied pre-modern history
(courses where the chronological emphasis is prior to 1750).


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              that the applicant has a university degree and sufficient professional experience--
               such as fieldwork or museum experience--to compensate for the absence of a
               degree in History, Classics or Archaeology;

   The School Reviewer may require additional information such as a writing sample. The
   School reviewer will return the application and supporting material to the College reviewer,
   via the School PG Office, with a recommendation on the decision and, where appropriate, a
   supporting case.

FC/RK
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                           HSS Taught PG Admissions Criteria: Law

                                          September 2007

                      K:\Law\General\POSTGRAD\PGT-Criteria-Sept07.doc


1. Law Taught Postgraduate Programmes

       LLM in Law
       LLM in Commercial Law
       LLM in European Law
       LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law
       LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law (Distance Learning)
       LLM in International Law
       Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice

2. List of Documents Needed

       a completed application form;
       a certified academic transcript (or transcripts where relevant);
       two references (in general, academic references are more useful than employment
        references, although one employment reference can be helpful in cases where the
        applicant‟s professional background is particularly material e.g. where the applicant does
        not have a law degree);
       an acceptable English language test certificate (see further below on required standards).

We do not require personal statements from our applicants for the LLM (but see below for the
MSc).

3. Academic Criteria: 2’1 Equivalents

A 2‟1 degree is the minimum degree result that we consider for the LLM and MSc programmes. In
determining international equivalents, we use the International Office‟s Table of Equivalents,
always taking care to check the status of the University if it is not an institution with which we are
familiar, and also with the following specific provisos for Law:

       Austria: the grading system in Austrian universities is notoriously stringent, and we may
        look at students just below but close to the 2.5 threshold (taking into particular account in
        such cases the student‟s overall profile and experience, and the academic references).
       China: in China, a broad range of legal and non-legal subjects comprise the student‟s
        overall GPA and can thus be misleading as to the student‟s performance in law and law-
        related subjects. We therefore look closely at the student‟s grades in law rather than at
        the GPA in isolation. We also look at the status/ranking of the University – students from
        outwith a top 20 Law School would be expected to have demonstrated an especially
        strong capacity in their legal subjects.
       Germany: we look for a minimum of 8 in the First State Examination. Where students
        achieve lower than 8 in the First Examination but higher than 8 in the Second
        Examination, we may admit that student, looking in such cases the student‟s overall
        profile and experience, and the academic references.
       Greece: we view the International Office‟s threshold of 7 as too low, and look for 8s and
        9s from applicants.
       India: we acknowledge the advice from the International Office that some Indian
        universities grade much more stringently than others; students in the former group may
        be admitted if close to but not quite at 2‟1 standard, while students from the latter group



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       would be expected to have demonstrated an especially strong capacity in their legal
       subjects.
      Italy: we look for the top result (30), which is in fact very possible to achieve in the Italian
       system.
      Malaysia: we view the International Office‟s threshold of 2.8 as too low, and look for 3-3.5
       from applicants.
      USA: University must be ABA accredited and well-ranked.
      Note generally, Islamic Law: where applicants have studied predominantly Islamic Law,
       we look carefully at the other legal components and grades achieved, as Islamic Law
       studies do not provide the conceptual bases necessary for LLM and MSc study that are
       developed via other undergraduate legal study.

4. Academic Criteria: Variations for LLM programmes

Some of our LLM programmes have specific requirements for students applying with a Law
Degree i.e.

      LLM in Commercial Law: the commercial LLM is taught at an advanced level with a range
       of courses. A solid foundation in certain core subjects underpinning commercial law is
       required. As commercial law lies at the interface between the law of contract, the law of
       property – attention is paid to these foundational subjects. Further, while a candidate may
       have the usual minimum entrance requirement we will take particular attention of
       performance in commercial related subjects (such as contract, company law, debt and
       insolvency, mercantile law) – and if there is weak performance in those we would
       examine an application carefully. Strong performance in those subjects will be looked on
       favourably when other factors are in the balance. Any deviations from our usual
       admissions criteria are explained in the admission decision.

      LLM in European Law: this programme is taught at an advanced level and students are
       expected to have a background in EU law. Where students holding a law degree do not
       have any background in EU law, decisions on admission are made based on the
       student‟s overall profile and curriculum. If a student holding a law degree but without any
       background in EU law is admitted, they may be required to attend Ordinary lectures in EU
       law and/or undertake additional reading to supplement their studies.

5. Academic Criteria: Non-Law Applicants and the LLM Programmes

LLM Programmes:

      LLM in Law: the majority of our applicants have studied law. Applications from non-law
       students with relevant studies and experience will be considered, however; examples for
       the LLM in Law might include relevant degrees in other branches of the Social Sciences,
       in some cases combined with experience in legal research or e.g. at a national or
       international organisation. All such decisions are made on a case by case basis looking
       at the student‟s overall profile and experience.

      LLM in Commercial Law: would admit students who did not have a law degree;
       consideration will be given to relevant academic and practical experience. Further, many
       students that have not studied law may have studied some legal subjects during their
       degree or had relevant experience. Full examination of the applicant's profile and
       experience is made, and decisions are made on a case by case basis. Any decision
       would be subject to discussion by the admissions committee.

      Note: the Commercial LLM does not generally get applicants that have not studied law.
   One         or two this year from applicants who had not attained 2:1s, and did not have
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       experience, meaning no further consideration was needed.

      LLM in European Law: Applications from students with degrees in related fields of
       European Union studies (e.g. Politics, Economics) are considered, looking on a case by
       case basis at the student‟s overall profile and experience. As noted above, however, if a
       student not holding a law degree is admitted, they may be required to attend Ordinary
       lectures in EU law and/or undertake additional reading to supplement their studies.

      LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law: Applications will be considered from those
       holding an undergraduate degree in an area appropriate for this programme, which may
       include:
            o Medicine and other medical practices
            o Chemistry, biology or physics related sciences
            o Design, media, marketing, journalism and other creative industry related subject
                areas
            o Economics, Accountancy and financial industry based subjects
            o Computing science and other IT related qualifications
            o Social sciences and humanities based subject areas such as social policy or
                psychology;
            o Information management.
       Note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-
       case basis.

      LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law (Distance Learning): Applications will be
       considered from those holding an undergraduate degree in an area appropriate for this
       programme, which may include:
           o Medicine and other medical practices
           o Chemistry, biology or physics related sciences
           o Design, media, marketing, journalism and other creative industry related subject
               areas
           o Economics, Accountancy and financial industry based subjects
           o Computing science and other IT related qualifications
           o Social sciences and humanities based subject areas such as social policy or
               psychology;
           o Information management.
       Note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-
       case basis.
       Candidates with non-legal academic qualifications meeting the above criteria will be
       considered for the programme but will be required to conduct extra-curricula study
       (courses are provided as part of the programme) during the beginning of your
       programme, to familiarise themselves with legal study and research.

      LLM in International Law: A first degree in international relations or international politics
       or history or which in some other way demonstrates an awareness of and interest in
       relations between states in the contemporary world, or a first degree in any subject
       combined with significant practical experience of international law or international
       relations, for example by working for or undertaking internships at international
       organisations, or foreign ministries, or in a law firm dealing with international matters.

6. Academic Criteria: the MSc Programme:

      The normal admission requirement is an Upper Second Class degree (or equivalent).
       There is no restriction as to required undergraduate degree subject, and applications
       from all suitably qualified applicants are considered. In practice the great majority of
       applicants have a first degree in law or a social science (including psychology) and some
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       personal statements explaining why the candidate is applying for this course, especially
       in cases where the decision to pursue criminology signifies a change of disciplinary or
       career direction.

7. English Language Requirements

For the on-campus LLM programmes, the MSc programme, and (for entry as of 2008) the eLLM:

      7 in the British Council's ELTS test (with at least 6.0 in each section)
      600 in the TOEFL test (with 55 in each section plus 4.0 in TWE)
      250 in the TOEFL computer based test (with 21 in each section plus 4.0 in TWE)
      100 in the TOEFL internet based test (with at least 19 in each section)
      Grade      A     in  the     Cambridge      Certificate     of   Proficiency in English.




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LLC

Assessment Criteria

Admissions, LLC MSc taught Programmes

All programmes

Normally a honours degree at 2i level or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. Assessing
whether the degree is appropriate is not always straight forward, see below, and each application
needs to be judged individually, particularly where mature students or students applying from
non-standard routes are concerned. Degree results which are lower than the above can be
compensated for by submission of other material or appropriate experience. Personal statements
(required for all programmes) should indicate that the student knows something of the discipline
and what is involved, and has looked into the content of our programme. References should
indicate level of achievement at undergraduate level, and aptitude for higher study.

Arab World Studies

This is a two-year Masters programme focussing on developing Arabic language skills together
with appropriate research training skills. The programme is run jointly between Edinburgh and the
Universities of Durham and Manchester, as part of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab
World (CASAW) initiative sponsored by the UK funding councils.
All students spend year 1 of this programme at Edinburgh, some months in an Arabic speaking
environment and return to the UK to complete the programme at one of the three universities.
Funding is available for this programme.

(aproved by Andrew 31/7/07)

Chinese Studies (Master of Chinese Studies)

Normally a 2i or equivalent in Economics, Business Studies, Languages, Geography, etc.
Students with a lower degree may be accepted if they are able to demonstrate an awareness of
Chinese issues and an enthusiasm to undertake the commitment of a 2 year degree which
includes study in China.

(approved by Tommy, 19/7/07)

MSc Comparative and General Literature.

Normally a 2i in Literature related subject. Students whose first degree is not directly in
Literature, but whose application otherwise implies potential may be asked for written work.

Cultural Studies

Normally a minimum of a 2i in areas such as Literature, History of
Art, History, Politics, Social Anthropology, Media Studies, etc.
Submission of written work of 3-4,000 is mandatory. This must indicate that students are aware
of what is meant by „Cultural Studies‟ as an academic discipline and demonstrate essay writing
skills. A personal statement explaining the students‟ motivations and areas of interest is also
required.

(approved by Dr. Higgins 3/9/07).




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MScs offered through English Literature department

Creative Writing

Submission of a portfolio of writing: fiction (c.5000 words), drama (a single scene), or poetry (c.40
lines). For this degree, quality of the writing and its potential is more important that academic
results.
  Students will have to do two English Literature option courses, so some evidence of ability for
this required. Applicants whose degree is not English Literature will be asked for a sample of
academic writing in addition to the portfolio. Students will be selected to follow the drama, the
fiction, or the poetry stream: selection will be made be experts in those areas.

School operates a reserve list for this programme.

(approved by A Jamieson 4/9/07)

English Literature – Literature and Modernity, 1900 to the Present.

Normally a good degree in English Literature or related subject is required. Applicants whose
degree is not English Literature should give details of any prior experience of literary studies in
their personal statement. Applicants whose first language is not English should be sufficiently
fluent to participate in challenging, and sometimes fast-moving, seminar discussion. A sample of
written work (3000-4000 words) is required for all applicants and should demonstrate that the
applicant can think conceptually, is able to undertake close analysis of literary texts, and is aware
of contemporary trends in literary study.

(approved by EL directors 13/9/07)

English Literature – Nation Writing Culture.

As Literature and Modernity, above

Literature and Transatlanticism.

Normally a good first degree in English literature or related subject is required. First degree can
cover Literatures of languages other than English, such as Spanish and French, but English must
be fluent. Sample of written work (3-4,000 words) must demonstrate that the applicant can think
conceptually, is aware of modern trends in the subject, and has an interest in comparative literary
study.

(approved by S Manning 20/7/07)

MSc European Theatre

Normally a 2i degree in subject related to European Literature. Written work required, 3-4,000
words.

(approved by L Bradley, 6/9/07)

MSc Film Studies

Film Studies welcomes applicants from other disciplines as long as they have a very good
academic record and can demonstrate commitment and strong interest in the study of film.
Normally a 2i degree in a degree subject related to Literature, Media, or Visual Arts. Strong
personal statement required to outline some knowledge of film theory and reasons for wanting to
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programme. For borderline applications (lower than 2i but with a background and good grades in
Film or Media Studies for example) a sample of work (essay on a film studies or related topic) will
be required.

(approved by MB 2/8/07)

MSc Highland Studies

Normally a 2i degree, either in a subject related to Scottish History, Celtic, or Scottish Studies, or
in an appropriate related discipline, with some evidence of attainment or potential in one or more
of these subjects. Personal statement to outline understanding of, and interest in the programme,
particularly as regards areas of primary interest. References should indicate relevance of
undergraduate (and perhaps other) work for Highland Studies, and aptitude for higher study.

(approved by J Fraser 6/9/07)

MSc Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Normally a 2i or equivalent in an appropriate discipline to Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Students with a lower degree sometimes accepted if they demonstrate strengths that will relate
to the programme by other means, such as further non-graduating courses. Students who have
insufficient background in the field at the undergraduate level may be offered MSc by Research
tailored to their requirements.

(approved by Andrew 31/7/07)

MSc Japanese Studies

Normally a 2i or higher in Japanese, where a distinct part of the first degree is directly relevant to
the particular discipline or disciplines which the candidate envisages pursuing for the Master's
degree. Candidates with a first degree in a discipline such as history or literature may be
considered if they can produce evidence of fluency in Japanese, especially reading ability.

(approved by Ian Astley 3/9/07)

MSc Material Cultures and History of the Book

As Literature and Modernity, above.

MSc Medieval Studies

A 2i degree in a subject that has included some study of the Middle Ages, though not necessarily
as a specialism. Students with borderline degrees can be considered if additional material is
supplied to indicate academic strengths.

(approved by P Bennett 3/9/07)

MSc Modern Chinese Cultural Studies

Normally a 2i or equivalent. Students are normally either from Chinese Universities, or have a
degree in Chinese. Curriculum B allows applicants who have a strong interest in Chinese culture,
but insufficient fluency in Chinese for curriculum A, to combine study with language acquisition.




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Translation Studies

Normally a 2i or equivalent in one of the languages offered by the programme, or, in a language
related degree such as English or Linguistics if the applicant‟s mother tongue is one of the
languages of the programme. Experience of translation can in some cases make up for a slightly
lower degree. The Personal statement should demonstrate that applicants understand what is
meant by Translation Studies and explain applicants‟ reasons for choosing our programme in
particular.

For borderline applicants (lower than 2i but with a background and good grades in Translation or
Linguistics for example) a sample of work (essay on a related topic) will be requested.

(approved by C Bosseaux 3/9/07)




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MSE – MSc and SGP Programmes


                                                        Entry Requirements Summary All Programmes
                                                                                                                             SGP Economics & Economics
Programmes          MSc Finance and Investment                  MSc IBEM                  MSc Management
                                                                                                                                        (Finance)
                                                                                                                        A first degree, with Honours, 'excellent'
                                                                                                                        or 'very good' classification from a good
                                                                                                                            university. UK at least a high 2:1.
                  A first degree, with Honours, 'excellent' or 'very good' classification from a good university. UK    Alternatively an equivalent qualification.
                  2:1 or above. Alternatively an equivalent qualification. 2:1 equivalent is 60% in Indian system        Excceptionally a 2:2 equivalent from a
                        and 80% in Chinese sytem, for other countries, please consult our admissions team.              good university, but with high grades in
                                                                                                                        many of the desired units (Intermediate
                                                                                                                        economics, maths and statistics), could
                                                                                                                                      be acceptable
 Minimum Entry                                                                      The degree to be in any
  requirements            TeerehTe eT erThe eerTedTehT                              subject. Applicants who
                        e.e.T(hTc eTdebshtTlee-hsb Tbb                              already have a business or
                 Tlr rc lberhee, llrs e lae,e       lT    The degree to be in any   management qualification need
                                                                                                                       The degree to be in Economics.
                      rhe e ee)hsb Tbbe dc beh e r               subject.           to give some thought to the
                 e,T e TTh ee.e.T( scTh l cebshtTlee                                potential overlap between this
                                .)c erTc e lbe,srab lb                              programme and their prior
                                                                                    qualifiications.
                 Alternatively, the degree to be in a     Work experience is not                                       Some applicants with degrees in other
                                                                                    Work experience is not required
                 non-related subject, but with            required but is however                                      disciplines may still be eligible to join the
                                                                                    but is however welcome.
                 relevant work experience.                welcome.                                                     programme.
                                                                                                                       For those students whose first language
                                                                                                                       is not English, a Test of English as a
                                                                                                                       Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580
                 For those students whose first language is not English, a Test of English as a Foreign Language
                                                                                                                       with 55 in all sections and 4.0 in the Test
                 (TOEFL) score of 600 (250+ computer based), a TOEFL internet-based score of 100 iBT, or an
                                                                                                                       of Written English (for the computer
                 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 is required.
                                                                                                                       based test, a score of 237 with 22 in all
    Language                                                                                                           sections plus 4.0 in the Test of Written
  requirements                                                                                                         English) is required.
                  IELTS scores of
                 6.5 and above may                                                                                     Or an International English Language
                  be acceptable in                                                                                     Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with
                     exceptional                                                                                       6.0 in each section is required.
                   circumstances.
                                          Alternatively, a recent degree from a university in an English-speaking country is acceptable.



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                                                         Entry Requirements Summary All Programmes
                                                                                                                               SGP Economics & Economics
Programmes           MSc Finance and Investment                  MSc IBEM                    MSc Management
                                                                                                                                       (Finance)
                                                           This programme
                                                           provides a unique
                                                           opportunity for students
                                                                                      This programme is designed to
                                                           who, with diverse
                                                                                      provide recent graduates of all
                                                           educational                                                     The Scottish Graduate Programme
                   The majority of students on the                                    subject areas and cultural
                                                           backgrounds/working                                             comprises a MSc (Masters) course taken
                   programme in previous years have                                   backgrounds with a
                                                           experience, want to                                             at the University of Edinburgh and
                   work experience gained in the                                      comprehensive overview of the
                                                           pursue careers as                                               optionally three years further study
                   financial sector and they feel they                                key areas of management and
                                                           business consultants,                                           towards a PhD (Doctorate) at any of the
                   have benefited greatly from this.                                  a profound understanding of the
                                                           managers and analysts                                           participating universities.
                                                                                      essential concepts in
                                                           in the broad arena of
                                                                                      management studies.
                                                           international business
                                                           especially relating to
                                                           emerging markets.
  Other entry                                              The programme may
  advice for                                               also be suitable for
  applicants                                               students from emerging
                                                           economies who wish to
                                                           bring themselves up to
                   You should also include a personal
                                                           speed with
                   statement, indicating your reasons                                 In particular, graduates of a
                                                           contemporary thinking                                           The Masters course leads to the award
                   for applying to the programme.                                     non-business degree, such as
                                                           of corporate strategy                                           of MSc in Economics or MSc in
                   This should cover your motivation                                  engineering, sciences, arts and
                                                           including technology                                            Economics (Finance). The programme
                   and any other relevant information                                 social sciences, with little or no
                                                           and financial                                                   provides students with a thorough
                   to support your application, and                                   work experience will profit from
                                                           management and                                                  grounding in modern economic analysis.
                   should be between 500-1000 words                                   this intensive programme.
                                                           business economics,
                   in length.
                                                           and of public policies
                                                           dealing with pressing
                                                           issues relating to
                                                           development in
                                                           general.
                                                                                                                           Applicants should have high grades in
                                                           For applicants with Arts                                        university level courses covering: 1)
  More detailed    No more than a quarter of class
                                                           degrees such as                                                 Intermediate Micro and macro
  assessment /     from any one country - A good
                                                           English literature, work                                        economics* 2) Introductory integration 3)
selection advice   spread of nationalities is required
                                                           experience in industry                                          Introductory linear algebra, 4)
 for admissions    rather than having any one country
                                                           is preferred /                                                  Introductory probability theory** 5)
       staff       dominate the class demographic.
                                                           particularly important.                                         Multivariate multi-constraint
                                                                                                                           optimisation**, 6) Statistics. If students

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                                              Entry Requirements Summary All Programmes
                                                                                                                  SGP Economics & Economics
Programmes     MSc Finance and Investment             MSc IBEM                  MSc Management
                                                                                                                             (Finance)
                                                                                                             do not have all of these items then very
                                                                                                             high grades in the ones they do have
                                                                                                             may compensate. (* important,
                                                                                                             **essential)




                                                Applicants with degrees
                                                in business and
                                                commerce, marketing,
                                                finance, accounting,                                         Exceptional students without the above
             GMAT wording to be added, when     economics, engineering                                       but with high grades (very high 2:1 or
             this becomes a requirement -       and law do not need                                          first) in Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial
             currently under review.            work experience,                                             Science or a cognate Mathematics
                                                although the                                                 discipline may be accepted.
                                                experience would
                                                increase chances for
                                                acceptance.
                                                                          There should be a significant      The two degrees may, for entry
                                                                          interest from China, India and     purposes, be considered identical. The
                                                Candidates from China
                                                                          other emerging economies.          general benchmark is at least a 2:1
                                                should be graduates
                                                                          Student recruitment will include   honours degree in Economics or very
                                                from the top 50
                                                                          home/EU graduates, and there       similar (e.g. Economics and a second
                                                universities.
                                                                          may also be interest from the      subject) or a high 2:1 or first in
                                                                          US and Canada.                     Mathematics or a cognate discipline.




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MSE – MBA Programmes


                                              Entry Requirements Summary All Programmes
 Programmes                 Full-time MBA, MBA IB and Modular MBA                                                    Part-time MBA

                                             Candidates are generally required to have a first degree or equivalent qualification
Minimum Entry
 requirements
                                                      plus a minimum 3 years work experience, in substantial positions.


                TOEFL (paper based version) overall score of 600 or above
                                                                                            In certain circumstances, students for whom English is not their
                (including scores of at least 55 in all sections and a score of 4.0 in
                                                                                            first language will need to provide TOEFL and ELTS results.
                the test of written English (TWE).


                TOEFL (computer based version) overall score of 250 or above
                                                                                            We require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 or 250 on the
                (including a score of at least 21 in the Listening and Reading
                                                                                            computerised test and a minimum ELTS score of 7.0.
   Language     sections, 22 in Structure/Writing, and 4.0 in the TWE).
 requirements
                TOEFL (Internet based version) overall score of 100

                IELTS 7.0 minimum score (including at least 6.0 in all four
                sections).
                Alternatively, a recent degree from a university in an English-
                speaking country is acceptable.

                We ask all candidates to complete an application statement
                                                                                            Please note that the Part-time MBA takes place two evenings a
                explaining why they want to do an MBA and to provide a detailed
                                                                                            week over two and a half years and is designed for applicant's
                curriculum vitae. We may ask you to provide some other written
                                                                                            who live locally. This is not a distance learning programme.
  Other entry   work, depending on the circumstances.
  advice for
  applicants    We will also invite you to visit us if you can. You will also be asked
                                                                                            For those who wish to enquire about any aspects of the
                to provide references and original marks transcripts, or copies
                                                                                            programme we can arrange informal sessions on a one-to-one
                certified by the British Council, your Agent or a solicitor in support of
                                                                                            basis with the Programme Director.
                your application.




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                                              Entry Requirements Summary All Programmes
Programmes                  Full-time MBA, MBA IB and Modular MBA                                                 Part-time MBA
                All applicants are required to take a GMAT test. A GMAT score of
                below 600 will contribute negatively to the overall assessment of
                your application, however we will accept outlying GMAT scores in
                exceptional circumstances, provided that your application otherwise     All candidates attend an aptitude test session. Following the test,
                shows you to be an outstanding candidate. Please remember that          you may also be asked to attend an interview.
                the GMAT test is not an IQ test and that study beforehand, by
                practising the competencies to be measured is beneficial. A 600+
                score also gives you reassurance that the MBA is right for you.

                Applicants are often interviewed, in person or by phone.
                Candidates with English as a second language are also usually
                interviewed even if they pass the pre-requisites for entry.
More detailed
                The student body is truly international with over 30 different
assessment /
                nationalities represented. The cultural and experiential diversity of   Visits can be arranged for the Programme Director to address
  selection
                students contributes greatly to the dynamic and learning                potential participants and managers from organisations who are
  advice for
                environment. A good spread of nationalities is required rather than     interested in sending staff on the programme.
 admissions
                having any one country dominate the class demographic.
    staff




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PPLS (Interim)

For info.

janet
-----Original Message-----
From: RENNIE Janet
Sent: 11 September 2007 09:21
To: 'Simon Kirby'
Cc: BUCHANAN Lynsey; NOBLE Toni
Subject: RE: Taught MSc selection criteria for PPLS

Dear Simon
This is a very helpful start to the process of defining the selection criteria. I
do realise how difficult a task it is!

Part of the reason for producing these criteria is, as you know, to speed up the
processes and so your method goes some way towards meeting this objective. (But
with Euclid "accept" decisions have to be speeded up as well as "reject"
decisions).
The other is to have clear, defined, consistent and defensible methods of
selection. Appeals and complaints are becoming more common at PG level and are no
longer the province of the UG applicant. In any event, in order to meet the legal
E&D requirements in their widest definition, we have to ensure we consider
applications objectively and equally and can prove this when called on to do so.

Hence the need to have criteria that are used to reject applications, as well as to
accept them.

So, whilst I am delighted with what you have done and would like to commend you for
all this hard work, I fear I need reject criteria too!

I'll look forward to hearing from you again

Best wishes
janet

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Kirby [mailto:simon@ling.ed.ac.uk]
Sent: 10 September 2007 23:29
To: RENNIE Janet
Cc: BUCHANAN Lynsey; NOBLE Toni
Subject: Taught MSc selection criteria for PPLS

Dear Janet,

In my role as PG director for PPLS, I have been discussing strategies to assist
college in helping us respond faster to applications for our taught MSc programmes.

It's actually quite hard to come up with a set of criteria that could be used to
accept or reject candidates for our programmes, mainly because of their
interdisciplinary nature and our emphasis on personal statements from candidates.
Nevertheless, we have come up with an idea that I hope will help. We have a set of
criteria that will distinguish between possible rejects and possible accepts, with
the idea that the latter will be "fast-tracked" to academics for a rapid decision
whereas the former will be looked at in batches somewhat less rapidly.




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We have compiled a set of criteria for each programme below. I hope this is the
kind of thing that you were looking for when you sent your request round in June.
Please do let me know what you think!

Best,
Simon

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MSc Evolution of Language and Cognition:

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet any of the following
criteria:

  - a 2i degree (or equivalent) with a strong component in one or more of the
following areas: linguistics, psychology, computer science, biology, anthropology,
archaeology; plus at least one positive academic reference and a personal statement
that mentions the topic of the programme

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following
areas: linguistics, psychology, computer science, biology, anthropology,
archaeology

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) and a personal statement that mentions why
their first degree is relevant to the topic of the programme

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MSc Developmental Linguistics:

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet any of the following
criteria:

- a 2i degree (or equivalent) with a strong component in one or more of the
following areas: linguistics, psychology, cognitive science; plus at least one
positive academic reference and a personal statement that explains why the
applicant wishes to pursue an MSc in this particular area (developmental
linguistics).

- a first class degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following
areas: linguistics, psychology, cognitive science.

- a first class degree (or equivalent) and a personal statement that explains why
the applicant wishes to pursue an MSc in this particular area.

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MSc Human Cognitive Neuroscience:

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet any of the following
criteria:

  - a 2i degree (or equivalent) with a strong component in one or more of the
following areas: psychology, cognitive science, biological sciences/neuroscience,
medicine; plus at least one positive academic reference and a personal statement
that clearly mentions the topic of the programme

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following
areas: psychology, cognitive science, biological sciences/neuroscience, medicine.


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  - a first class degree (or equivalent) and a personal statement that explains in
detail why their first degree is relevant to the topic of the programme

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MSc Philosophy

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet either of the following
criteria:

  - A 2i degree (or equivalent) in a subject where Philosophy is a substantial
component and where the references are positive and the personal statement is
relevant to the programme; or

  - A first class degree (or equivalent) in a subject where Philosophy is not a
substantial component but where the personal statement offers a good explanation of
why s/he would be suitable for PG study in philosophy nonetheless and the
references confirm this

-----

MSc English Language

Any student with a 2i or above (or equivalent) in any topic should be fast-tracked.

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MSc Psychology of Individual Differences

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet either or the following
criteria:

  - A minimum of a 2.1 (or equivalent) in psychology or a related scientific
discipline. Relevant related disciplines include biological and medical sciences,
computer science, social/behavioural sciences, epidemiology, or genetics.
Applications should also include two academic references and a personal statement
that mentions the topic of the programme and how their interests are matched.

  - A minimum of a 2.1 in a discipline not listed above, and the candidate shows
evidence of having done some empirical research work before or after graduation.
Applications should include two academic references and a personal statement that
mentions why their first degree/experience is relevant to the programme.

-----

MSc Psychological Research Methods:

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet any of the following
criteria:

  - a 2i degree (or equivalent) with a strong component in psychology or a related
discipline; plus at least one positive academic reference and a personal statement
that mentions the topic of the programme

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) in psychology or a related discipline

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) and a personal statement that mentions why
their first degree is relevant to the topic of the programme


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MSc Psycholinguistics

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet any of the following
criteria:

  - a 2i degree (or equivalent) with a strong component in one or more of the
following areas: linguistics or psychology; plus at least one positive academic
reference and a personal statement that mentions the topic of the programme

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following
areas: linguistics or psychology

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) and a personal statement that mentions why
their first degree is relevant to the topic of the programme

------

MSc Applied Linguistics:

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet any of the following
criteria:

  - a 2i degree (or equivalent) with a strong component in one or more of the
following areas: linguistics or English Language; plus at least one positive
academic reference and a personal statement that mentions the topic of the
programme

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following
areas: linguistics or English Language

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) and a personal statement that mentions why
their first degree is relevant to the topic of the programme

------

MSc Speech and Language Processing:

Applicants should be fast-tracked if they meet any of the following
criteria:

  - a 2i degree (or equivalent) with a strong component in one or more of the
following areas: linguistics, psychology, computer science, mathematics, physics or
electrical engineering; plus at least one positive academic reference and a
personal statement that mentions the topic of the programme

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following
areas: linguistics, psychology, computer science, mathematics, physics or
electrical engineering

  - a first class degree (or equivalent) and a personal statement that mentions why
their first degree is relevant to the topic of the programme




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