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7. Examination Boards, Procedures and Awards

7.1 Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners will consist of the Programme Director, Directors of Study, academic staff, external lecturers, and two External Examiners. The Programme Director will chair the meetings. It will meet at least twice a year. The minutes of the meetings of the Board of Examiners will be circulated to the Academic Secretaries, or equivalents, in the member Academic Institutions. The Directors of Studies will be required to bring to the meetings all assessed assignments and examination work for all of the Delegates, at all levels of attainment.

7.2 Terms of Reference

The purpose of the meetings of the Board of Examiners, will be to consider and ratify the results attained during the period under review, to discuss the progress of Delegates, and to ratify recommendations for transmission to the various Institution authorities regarding the award of degrees. A major agenda item will be a review of the progress of Delegates, which will be facilitated by an on-going communication between members of the board throughout the year, particularly as the results of written examinations become available. The Board of Examiners will consider issues of Quality Assurance and will report to the Board of Studies.

7.3 External Examiners

The External Examiners may be appointed from industry or institutions that are not members of the consortium. They will serve for a period of three years and will be required to attend meetings of the Board of Examiners. Substitutes will not normally be allowed. External Examiners will receive all draft examination question papers and, where appropriate, titles of Dissertations. They will be given the opportunity to see the examination scripts and to read the Dissertations. The annual reports of the External Examiners will be sent by the Programme Director to the various Institution authorities.

7.4 Conditions for Award

Delegates will qualify for a postgraduate award on the basis of academic credits achieved by successful completion of taught modules and/or a Project, as detailed in Section 5

  • taught modules each carry 15 credits
  • the MSc Project Module carries 60 credits
  • the [optional] Diploma Mini-Project Module carries 15 credits.

The pass mark in all cases is 50%, which must be achieved for each taught module and the Project.

MSc - accumulation of 180 credits entitles a Delegate to the award of the MSc.

Postgraduate Diploma - accumulation of 120 credits entitles a Delegate to the award of a Diploma.

Postgraduate Certificate - accumulation of 60 credits entitles a Delegate to the award of a Certificate.

Individual Module - Delegates who successfully undertake an individual taught module will receive a 'Transcript' from the institution where the module was undertaken.

Distinction - A Delegate who shows outstanding performance and who obtains a taught module average mark of 70% or more, and who is awarded a Dissertation mark of 70% or above, will be eligible for the award of the degree of MSc with Distinction. No Distinction will be awarded for the Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

7.5 Dissertation:Master of Science

For Delegates seeking the award of the Degree of Master of Science the Dissertations will be examined by a member of academic staff, other than the supervisor of the Delegate, in the institution where the Delegate is registered, together with a member of staff from another institution within the consortium, nominated by the Programme Director. If no such person is deemed to have the necessary experience then a person from an institution outside the consortium will be nominated. The names of the nominated examiners shall be submitted to the academic authorities of the institution at which the Delegate concerned is registered, for approval. The examiners must recommend one of the following:

  • (i) that the Dissertation is of a sufficiently high standard to merit the award of the Degree of Master of Science with Distinction. This will only be possible if the earlier work of the Delegate merits such a classification.
  • (ii) that the Dissertation is of sufficiently high standard to merit the award of the Degree of Master of Science.
  • (iii) that subject to minor changes, where the re-typing and re- binding satisfies Section 5.2 the Delegate be awarded the Degree of Master of Science. The corrected Dissertation must be submitted within the period of six calendar months immediately following the date of recommendation. The revision should satisfy the examiners that the required standard has been met.
  • (iv) that the Delegate be required to resubmit a substantially revised Dissertation within the period of twelve calendar months, immediately following the date of the recommendation. The revision should satisfy the examiners that the required standard has been met.
  • (v) that the Dissertation does not meet the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of Science. In this case the Board of Studies may decide that achievement in the course work merits the award of Postgraduate Diploma.

7.6 Dissertation: Postgraduate Diploma

For Delegates seeking the award of Postgraduate Diploma, the Mini-Dissertation [optional, see Section 3.4] will be examined by a member of academic staff, other than the supervisor of the Delegate, in the institution where the Delegate is registered, together with a member of staff from another institution within the consortium nominated by the Programme Director. If no such person is deemed to have the necessary experience, then a person from an institution outside the consortium will be nominated. The academic authorities at which the Delegate is registered must approve such an examiner. The examiners must recommend one of the following:

  • (i) that the Mini-Dissertation is of sufficiently high standard to merit the award of Postgraduate Diploma.
  • (ii) That subject to minor changes, where re-typing and re-binding satisfies Clause 5.3, the Delegate be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma. The revised Mini-Dissertation must be submitted within the period of six calendar months immediately following the date of the recommendation.
  • (iii) that the Delegate be required to re-submit a substantially revised Mini-Dissertation within the period of twelve calendar months immediately following the date of the recommendation.
  • (iv) that the Mini-Dissertation does not meet the requirement for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, but achievement in the course work merits the award of a Postgraduate Certificate. No further submission of a Mini-Dissertation will normally be allowed, however the option of taking a further module will be allowed at particular Partner Institutions [Footnote 1, Section 3.2 relates].

7.7 Recommendation for an Award

The Board of Examiners will make the final recommendation. The Degree of Master of Science, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded in accordance with the procedures of the institution at which the Delegate is registered. No Delegate shall be entitled to an award unless all fees and any other monies due to the institution [through the IGDS Office] have been paid and any rightful property of the institution returned. The names of those who receive awards will be published in a manner appropriate to the awarding institution.

  • (i) Degrees will normally be conferred at congregations held for that purpose at the institution holding the Delegate's registration. A Degree Certificate will be either handed to the recipient or sent through the ordinary post to the address listed in the IGDS records.
  • (ii) Postgraduate Diplomas or Postgraduate Certificates will be sent to successful Delegates through the ordinary post to the address listed in the IGDS records after the conferment of the award.

[For the details of the frequency of degree ceremonies Delegates should consult the central administration of the appropriate institution].

7.8 Individual Modules

Delegates who successfully undertake individual modules will be sent a "transcript" for each successfully completed module, which will identify the module and the Institution awarding the 15 credits at Level M. The "transcript" will be sent by ordinary post to the Delegate at the address listed in the IGDS records.

7.9 General:Delegates Progress

Delegates will normally be informed of their overall academic progress by the institution holding their registration, working in conjunction with the IGDS Office where the records will be collated and archived. Delegates will receive notification of individual results from the institution delivering the module, in accordance with that institutions regulations, following the appropriate meeting of the Board of Examiners.

7.10 Appeals

Appeals will only be accepted if they are in writing and submitted to the Programme Director, who will forward the appeals to the institution that is the module convenor, or is examining the Dissertation, providing the appeals are made within the timescale specified by that institution, and are in accord with the regulations of that institution.

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1. Aims & Titles of Awards
2. Qualifications & Acceptance
3. Structure and Study Requirements
4. Progression: Modules
5. Progression: Project & Dissertation
6. Attendance
7. Examination Boards, Procedures and Awards
8. Quality Assurance
9. Misconduct, Termination & Amendments

 

 
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