University Calendar 2012/13
Section VII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Business and Law

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Academic Unit Southampton Management School
Final Award Master of Business Administration with exit awards of Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate
Programme(s) Business Administration
Last modified August 2012

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 obtain an overall grade of 6.5 in IELTS with no score less than 6.0 for speaking and listening and no score less than 6.5 for reading and writing (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 Enabling Services 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 core, 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
The rules governing progression are as indicated in Section IV of the University Calendar Progression Regulations.

[3.2 Compensation]: A student passing all core modules but failing to achieve the pass mark in non-core modules totalling no more than 10 ECTS points (20 CATS) for a Masters or Postgraduate Diploma, or no more than 5 ECTS points (10 CATS) for a Postgraduate Certificate, may be awarded credit provided no module mark is less than the Qualifying Mark.

Students will be permitted to be referred in modules up to the value of 60 CATS [30 ECTS].

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.

The rules governing Referral are as indicated in section 4 of the Progression Regulations in Section IV of the University Calendar.

[4.1] A student who fails to progress under paragraphs 3.1 or 3.2 [see above] may, following academic counselling, take Referral assessments in failed modules totalling not more than 60 credit points (30 ECTS).

[4.1.1] A student failing in modules to a maximum of 40 ECTS/80 CATS of which 10 ECTS/20 CATS are compensatable under 3.2 above may choose the failed modules in which he/she refers, with the constraint that all core modules and any modules in which the mark obtained is less than the qualifying mark must be taken.

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

An award of a taught Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be made on accumulation of the required number of credits as defined in the Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) Regulations.

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 Southampton Management School 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: 26-Aug-2012
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