University Calendar 2010/11
Section VII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Business and Law

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Academic Unit School of Management
Final Award Master of Business Administration with exit awards of Postgraduate Diploma (*) and Postgraduate Certificate (**)
Programme(s) Business Administration (*) (**)
Last modified June 2009
Reviewed in June 2010; no changes made.

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
Candidates must normally be a graduate of an approved UK university (DfES) or of the CNAA. The standard entry requirements are a 2:1 degree from a UK university or equivalent overseas qualification.

Candidates may be admitted to a programme by the Head of Management or his/her nominee on the recommendation of the Selector responsible for that programme.

Candidates may be required to undertake a period of preliminary study and to pass examinations as specified by the School before undertaking the programme of study.

In addition to the University’s regulations on admissions, for competence in the English language specified in the University Calendar the programme requires applicants to achieve at least 6.0 in each section of IELTS (or the equivalent TOEFL section scores).

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedure as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
The degree is taken on a full time basis over a one year period or on a part-time basis over a two-three year period.

The degree consists of one level of study with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. Optional modules must be chosen in consultation with the personal tutor and are subject to availability. Students must select their options for each semester of study before the options deadline

The first component of the degree consists of taught modules. The second component consists of a dissertation for the award of the degree of Master of Business Administration.

Refer to the Programme Specifications and the Management website for further details such as modules, compulsory modules, credit and content. The programme structure and examples of optional modules are detailed at

3. Progression
Candidates may not start their dissertation until they have completed and passed the taught element of their degree.

In the case of full-time students, the period of study shall be three months and the dissertation shall be submitted by the 30 September of the year of completing the taught component. In the case of part-time students, the period of study shall be six months and the dissertation shall normally be submitted by the 30 December of the year of completing the taught component.

4. Assessment
The performance of candidates shall be assessed by the Board of Examiners in accordance with the University’s regulations governing examinations. All examinations will normally be held during the standard University examination periods.

Candidates who fail initially to satisfy the examiners in the taught modules will normally be permitted to take supplementary assessments during the following year and if successful be permitted eligibility to undertake further study and research and to submit a dissertation. Supplementary assessments may only be taken on one occasion.

Candidates who fail initially to satisfy the examiners in the dissertation will normally be permitted to resubmit the dissertation on one occasion only.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
The degree may be awarded with Merit or with Distinction.

The degree is awarded by Senate on the recommendation of the School to candidates who have satisfactorily completed an approved programme of study and have satisfied the assessment requirements.

Candidates who successfully complete 60 ECTS credits and do not proceed for any reason to qualify for the Master of Business Administration are eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Candidates who successfully complete a specified set of 30 ECTS credits are eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.

The full regulations, including those relating to complaints and appeals, can be found on the University Calendar Section IV.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Study abroad or exchanges may be available.

7. Other
Students who are not enrolled on a Management approved programme of study require written permission from the School of Management before they may register for a Management module.

Ethics Committee approval and risk assessments must be completed where required.

Attendance monitoring will be conducted.

These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.

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Last reviewed: 08-Jun-2010
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