4. Progression: Taught Modules
Delegates understanding of the subject
matter and his/her attainment of the learning outcomes for each module,
will be assessed from problem solving assignments, an extensive written
report and a supervised two hour examination, the latter being held
at the end of the post residential study period for each taught module.
Two external examiners will be appointed
by the Board of Studies to act as moderators.
4.2 Conditions for Passing a Module
A Delegate will be required to achieve
an overall weighted average of 50% in each taught module including a
minimum of 50% for the supervised module examination and also a minimum
of 50% in the Project, to be eligible for a postgraduate award. No module
may count towards more than one of the postgraduate awards [Degree,
Diploma or Certificate].
4.3 Retaking an Examination
Delegates failing to achieve 50% in
a module supervised [written] examination may be permitted by the Board
of Examiners, to present himself/herself, for re-examination on one
occasion only, and normally not later than two years from the date of
the first examination. The Delegate will be required to achieve a minimum
of 50% at the second sitting. Delegates who fail to achieve 50% at the
second sitting, will be deemed to have failed the module and a re-take
or replacement module will not be allowed.
4.4 Length of Study
The study time and credits required
for each award are as follows:
- Master of Science:
- 1800 notional hours: 180 credits
at level M
- Postgraduate Diploma:
notional hours: 120 credits at level M
- Postgraduate Certificate:
notional hours: 60 credits at level M
For the Degree of Master of Science,
the normal minimum time is 24 months with a maximum time of 60 months,
for completion from the initial registration.
For the Postgraduate Diploma, the normal
minimum time is 24 months and a maximum of 60 months, and for the Postgraduate
Certificate the normal minimum time is 12 months and a maximum of 36
For the Degree of Master of Science
it is required that all modules shall be satisfactorily completed within
the 60 month period from initial registration, although the Board of
Studies may grant Delegates permission for late submission of their
MSc Dissertation, provided permission is sought prior to 60 months from
initial registration. The allowed extension will be specific to the
individual Delegate's circumstances. Normally only one extension will
Upon the recommendation of the Director
of Studies at the institution holding the Delegates registration, the
Board of Studies may extend the maximum period of registration, specified
above for a given award, by not more that one year at a time.
Delegates who obtain an average mark
of 70% or more, and who are awarded a Dissertation mark of at least
70%, will be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master of Science
with Distinction. No Distinction will be awarded to a Delegate for the
Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.