University Calendar 2011/12
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Sciences

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Academic Unit Social Sciences
Final Award Degree of Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences
with exit awards of Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education (including specific regulations pertaining to one-year DipHE programmes)
Master of Economics
Programme(s) Accounting and Economics
Applied Social Sciences
Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology)
Applied Social Sciences (Criminology)
Applied Social Sciences (Criminology & Psychological Studies)
Economics and Actuarial Science
Economics and Finance
Economics and Management Sciences
Master of Economics
International Relations
Politics and Economics
Politics and International Relations
Politics and Sociology
Population Sciences (last intake 2009/10)
Population Sciences and Geography
Social Work (last intake 2009/10)
Sociology and Social Policy

DipHE award only:
Economic Studies
International Relations Studies
Last modified July 2011

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
The Degree of Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences

For admission to any programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences, candidates must have:
  1. satisfied the regulations for admission to degree programmes as specified in the University Calendar, Section IV : General Regulations for Students;

  2. passed the General Certificate of Secondary Education, or equivalent examination, in Mathematics (according to programme specific entry requirements);

  3. satisfied the programme requirements appertaining to the relevant degree as specified in the programme specifications.
In line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy, individuals are treated on their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the module, Faculty and University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no prospective or current student should receive any less favourable treatment on any grounds which are not relevant to academic ability and attainment. Every effort is made to ensure that disabled students are aware of and assisted in making use of the support provided by the University; to ensure access to lectures, classes, learning materials; and to ensure that where necessary appropriate variations to normal examining arrangements are made.

DipHE Economic Studies/DipHE International Relations Studies

For admission to the DipHE Economic Studies and the DipHE International Relations Studies, candidates must have:
  1. successfully completed the first two years of a four year degree programme in their home institution;

  2. have previous knowledge and understanding of economics or international relations (as appropriate) at an equivalent standard to undergraduate year 1 at a UK university and satisfied the programme requirements appertaining to the relevant degree as detailed in the programme specification.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
Undergraduate degrees normally consist of three years full-time study (with the exception of M.Econ). All degrees are also normally available on a part-time basis. Degree programmes are based on a common module structure as follows:
  1. The subjects available in the Faculty are divided into modules; candidates are required to study the equivalent of 8 modules in each year, each of which is worth 7.5 ECTS TS (15 CATS). (For further details of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS), see Section IV. The content of each part is prescribed in the programme.

  2. A module is a self-contained part of a programme of study. Each module will have its own aims and objectives, syllabus and assessment requirements. Modules will normally be assessed during and/or at the end of the semester in which the student takes the module.

  3. The selection of second and third year option modules by each candidate shall be subject to the prior approval of the Faculty.
Where the programme provides for a choice of subject, such choice shall be subject to the requirements and limitations set out therein. Choices may nevertheless be amended by the Faculty.

  1. All students are required to follow, and be examined in approved modules in quantitative methods. Details of these are available in the specific programme regulations.

  2. With the permission of the relevant Head of Teaching Programmes, students may nevertheless be permitted to spend one semester studying at a university in Europe under the SOCRATES scheme in either their second or third years where an approved link exists between the Faculty and the European institution concerned.

  3. Where regulations allow students to take only a single module of language as an option, students will not normally be permitted to continue with that language in the following year. However, where number of options and prerequisites allow, and with the agreement of the relevant Head of Teaching Programmes and the Centre for Language Study, a single module option in a language may be taken in subsequent years.

    Where regulations provide for students to take a language option in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2, students may choose either to take a single language module in Semester 1 (in which case they register as above) and take a further non-language option in Semester 2 as specified in the regulations, or they take a double language module (one module in each semester).

    Where individual programme regulations allow, students taking a double language module may be permitted (but are not required) to continue with that language in the following year, either as a single or a double module, but they will not normally be permitted to take optional modules in a different language.

    Students registering for a double language module may change to a single language module up to the end of week 2 of Semester 1; after this point they may not normally transfer to a single module.
DipHE Economic Studies/DipHE International Relations Studies
  1. The DipHE consists of one year's full-time study of a total of 60 ECTS (120 CATS) points comprising both compulsory and optional modules as detailed in the programme specification.

3. Progression
In order to progress to Parts 2 and 3 of the degree programme, students must satisfy the University progression regulations (section IV of the Calendar).

An exception to the University’s progression rules is in force for the BSc (SocSci) Social Work practice learning opportunity.

Students on the Master of Economics programme must attain an average mark of at least 55% to progress from year 2 to year 3 of that programme. Students who do not will be transferred to the BSc Economics programme, provided they have met the progression requirements for that programme.

4. Assessment
The performance of candidates shall be assessed by the Board of Examiners in accordance with the Faculty's regulations governing examinations for the relevant programme(s) of study.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
The Degree of Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences is awarded by the Senate on the recommendation of Social Sciences. It may be awarded with honours or as an ordinary degree.

The Diploma of Higher Education Economic Studies/Diploma of Higher Education International Relations Studies is awarded by Senate on the recommendation of Social Sciences.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
BSc (SocSci) Social Work
Students are required to undertake at least 200 days of directed academic learning and at least 200 days of practice.

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

Student handbooks pertaining to programmes are available via the Social Sciences web pages.

In accordance with the university’s regulations on attendance, student participation in the programme of study will be subject to periodic monitoring.

Social Work
Termination of Programme for Unprofessional Conduct
In cases where the behaviour of a student registered on the programme is considered to be unprofessional, damaging or dangerous to service users, other students or programme providers, or is considered to be unethical or creating unacceptable risk for themselves or others, a recommendation may be made for termination of programme in accordance with procedures set out in the programme's student handbook. This procedure may be invoked at any time during the programme when a student's behaviour has been called into question including either during a practice placement, after practice has been completed or at any time during the academic part of the programme.

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