University Calendar 2014/15
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of
Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Mathematical Sciences
Final Award Master of Science (MSc)
Exit awards
Postgraduate Certificate
Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education
Programme(s) Diploma/MSc in Operational Research
Diploma/MSc in Operational Research and Finance
Diploma/MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine
Diploma/MSc in Actuarial Science
Diploma/MSc in Statistics
Last modified July 2014

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
1.1 For admission to any programme leading to the degree of master of Science (MSc), students:

  1. must satisfy the Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes as specified in Section IV of the University Calendar;

  2. must satisfy the necessary programme requirements as set out in the programme specification.
1.2 The requirement for entry to the programmes is a good (normally First or Upper Second class) honours degree that provides some quantitate training (e.g. computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics) For Operational Research programmes, a postgraduate qualification involving substantial work with quantitative methods will be considered: for the Statistics programme a postgraduate statistics qualification will be considered; for Actuarial Science a degree at the relevant level in Economics or a subject involving a significant amount of quantitative work, or relevant work experience, will be considered (see for more details).

Students with other qualifications may be considered  by the Programme Board.
1.3 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)
2.1 All Masters programmes in accordance with the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) as specified in section IV of the University Calendar. The programme handbook includes a description of the CATS allocation for modules within each programme, and this handbook will be issued to all students at the start of their programme of study.
2.2 The programmes can be taken over one year of full-time study, or normally over two years of part-time study.
2.3 Students for programmes in Mathematical Sciences follow an approved pattern of study in accordance with the programme regulations in order to qualify for an award. The Programme Co-ordinator ensures, subject to the approval of the Programme Board, that a coherent pattern of study is chosen.
2.4 The structure of each MSc programme is detailed in the programme handbook.
2.5 Each programme may prescribe certain modules which are core or compulsory.
2.6 Most modules will last for a whole semester while the length of others can vary and be shorter or longer. Details are set out in the programme handbook.
2.7 The full time postgraduate diploma element of the programme is taught over nine months divided into two semesters. Those students who are successful in this element of the programme will be allowed to progress to the MSc Dissertation for which a dissertation is required. Specific requirements for the project are set out in the programme handbook and it must be submitted in line with published timescales.
2.8 The module requirements for the part-time postgraduate diploma element of the programme are agreed with each student individually by the Programme Co-ordinator to provide an overall profile equivalent to requirements for full-time students.

3. Progression
3.1 In order to progress to the dissertation phase of the degree programme, students must satisfy the regulations governing the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Standalone Masters Programmes as set out in Section IV of the University Calendar.

4. Assessment
4.1 The performance of students shall be assessed by the Board of Examiners in accordance with the regulations governing the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Standalone Masters Programmes as set out in Section IV of the University Calendar.
4.2 All examinations will be held during the standard University examination periods.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
Qualifications are awarded according to the regulations governing the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Standalone Masters Programmes as set out in Section IV of the University Calendar.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
6.1 Students progressing to the project and dissertation for the MSc will carry out their projects either at the University or with a selected industrial/business institution. In special cases permission may be given by the Programme Board for the work to be done at a Research Institute or other recognised centre.

7. Other
7.1 Students are required to satisfy the academic and the Attendance and Completion of Programme Requirements as set out in section IV of the University calendar, the programme specification and the programme handbook. Those failing to do so may have their course terminated (see University Calendar Section IV: Transfer, Suspension, Withdrawal and Termination).
7.2 These regulations may be revised during a studentís period of registration in accordance with procedures approved by Senate.

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