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.
No major changes have been made to the Regulations for September 2018. However, specific updates were approved to both sets of regulations with effect from September 2018 and apply to all new and returning students upon registration, unless otherwise stated.
For ease of reference, a brief summary is noted below:
The University has extended its regulations (8.3.3 – 8.3.9) regarding concurrent study for a standard undergraduate programmes to include a student with accepted personal mitigating circumstances (PMC) at either first assessment or reassessment attempt (see below for amended wording to the regulations):
8.3.4 Where concurrent study has been approved as an inherent or necessary feature of a programme (eg part-time or accelerated programmes), a student shall be permitted to progress to the next level of the programme without having accumulated all the credits at the previous level if all the following conditions have been met:
the student has accumulated at least 60 credits at the previous level; and
the modules studied concurrently are at two adjacent levels.
8.3.7 Concurrent study shall be permitted under Regulation 8.3.4 only when the following conditions have been met:
(a) the modules studied concurrently are at two adjacent levels; and
(b) any modules from the lower level that are being assessed concurrently must be passed or compensated before the student may progress to the next level.
at the end of the academic year.
8.3.8 Where a student has an approved PMC request for either absence or non-submission relating to
th e reassessment period at least one of the assessment opportunities, a Programme Board of Examiners shall determine whether the student may exceptionally progress to the next level of the programme and study concurrently in order to obtain the outstanding credits from the lower level.
8.3.9 Concurrent study may be permitted for PMC as set out in the PMC procedure provided that: conditions have been met:
he volume of credit covered by the PMC does not exceed 20 credits the student has failed more no more than one 20 credit module; and
(b) the modules covered by the PMC are not pre-requisite for modules at the next level.
The Academic Regulations for Research Programmes 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.
New Qualification: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
The University has strengthened and enhanced its portfolio through the addition of the DBA, a nationally and internationally recognised professional doctorate qualification, with effect from September 2018.
Specific Regulatory Updates for 2018/19:
Other changes to the Research Regulations comprise mainly updates with a more slightly significant proposed change to the assessment timings as highlighted in red below:
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.
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