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Regulations For Taught and Research Programmes

Academic Regulations

The application of the Academic Regulations is underpinned by University policies and procedures, to which reference is made at appropriate points within the Academic Regulations.

Following a major review of the Academic Regulations for both taught and research programmes last year, no major changes have been made to the Regulations for September 2017.  However, specific updates were approved to both sets of regulations with effect from September 2017 and apply to all new and returning students upon registration, unless otherwise stated.

A copy of the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes 2017/18  is available here

A copy of the Academic Regulations for Research Awards 2017/18 is available here

A detailed summary of the changes may be found here.  

For ease of reference, a brief summary is noted below:

Updates to the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes

Addition of New Awards:  

  • Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery (with honours) (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (with honours) (BMedSci)
  • Master in Science (MSci)
  • Master in Arts (MArts)

Changes to the classification of the Integrated Masters awards with retrospective effect (Regulation 9.1.4):

  • 15% level 5 (best 100 credits) + 35% level 6 (best 100 credits) + 50% level 7.  

Changes to the APL regulations with retrospective effect:

  • Regulations 5.4.4 and 5.4.5 amended to enable up to 60 credits at level 6 to be awarded APL for professional modules that contribute to post qualifying nursing programmes, including the translation of APL marks awarded by other HEIs as part of the degree classification.
  • Regulations 9.3.1, 9.4.1, 9.5.3 and 9.5.4 amended to remove the restriction on the classification of non-honours degrees and allow classification to be based on maximum amount of APL that may count towards a target award,

Assessment Regulations

  • Amendment to the assessment regulations to reflect the opportunity for all students at levels 3 and 4 to retrieve a failed component of a module at an early stage, the mark of which, if successful, to be capped at 40%.  

Updates to the Academic Regulations for Research Awards

The Academic Regulations for Research Awards should be read in conjunction with the Code of Practice for the Conduct of Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes, which sets out the expectations and procedures in relation to the admission, training, supervision, support and progress of candidates.

The following amendments have been made to provide greater clarity to the Academic Regulations for Research Awards:

  • Section 7.1 amended to provide consistency with the wording used within the terms and conditions regarding the two week registration period.  
  • Section 8.3 updated to comply with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations in respect of visa implications for candidates who transfer from higher doctorate to a lower level masters award.
  • Section 9 (b) updated to comply with UKVI regulations regarding Home Office notification by the University of candidate withdrawals or early completions.
  • Sections 9.5 (c) and 9.6 (c) amended to clarify that non-submission of either the interim assessment and internal evaluation reports would be deemed equivalent to a failed attempt, unless an extension of study had been authorised by SREC.
  • Section 12.3 amended to reflect greater flexibility and clarity as to the circumstances whereby a candidate may submit an extension with less than 6 months of the end of the candidature, with cross references to the Policies for Interruption of Study and Maternity, Paternity and Adoption.  Guidance to distinguish the types of mitigating circumstances that would warrant either a formal extension or Interruption of Study is provided within the Code of Practice.
  • Section 12.4 updated to reflect UKVI compliance regarding visa implications for candidates who interrupt studies or extend study period.
  • Section 16.4 amended to clarify that the registration period of 1 year maximum includes the submission of the thesis.  
  • Section 18 updated to reflect UKVI compliance to ensure right to work checks is undertaken for external members appointed to the Board of Examiners.
  • Table B - Duration of PhD by published works will be one year (not 1-3 yrs max)
Previous version of the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes are available below:

A summary of the changes introduced with effect from September 2016 may be found here.

Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes for 2016/17

Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes for 2015/16 can be found here.

Previous version of the Academic Regulations for Research Awards are available below:

A revised set of Academic Regulations for 2016/17 was agreed by the Research and Enterprise Committee to ensure overall clarity, coherence and alignment of the Regulations with Chapter B11 of the UK Quality Code and other documentation such as the Code of Practice for the Conduct of Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes.  

A summary of changes introduced with effect from September 2016 may be found here.

The University’s Postgraduate Research website http://pg.salford.ac.uk/ provides access to the University’s comprehensive range of support services and development opportunities as well as guidance and forms to support the Postgraduate Research journey.

Academic Regulations Sub-Committee

The Academic Regulations Sub-Committee was established from September 2015 to consider and consult on proposals for changes to the Academic Regulations for Taught and Postgraduate Research Programmes, having regard to the maintenance of standards and the fulfilment of national sectors norms and professional  expectations.  The  Sub-Committee makes recommendations to both the Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Committee and the Research and Enterprise Committee on the approval of new regulations and outcomes of reviews of the Academic Regulations for Taught and Postgraduate research programmes respectively.                        

Membership and Terms of Reference of the Academic Regulations Sub-Committee can be found here.      

Minutes of previous meetings are available as follows:                        

24 May 2016                

24 February 2016        

26 October 2016