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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.

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.

A copy of the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes 2018/19  is available here

A copy of the Academic Regulations for Research Programmes 2018/19 is available here

A copy of the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Programmes 2018/19 is available here

A detailed summary of the changes for the taught regulations may be found here.  

A detailed summary of the changes for the PGR regulations may be found here.

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

Updates to the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes

Concurrent Study

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 the 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:

    (a) the 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.

Updates to the Academic Regulations for Research Programmes

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:

  • 9.5 (c) Failure to submit the Interim Assessment report and attend a scheduled assessment within the prescribed timeframe
  • 9..6 (c  Failure to submit the Internal Evaluation report and attend a scheduled assessment within the prescribed timeframe will be registered as a failed attempt.
  • 16.4 The registration of the candidate shall be for a maximum of 1 year up to the submission of the thesis, plus 1 year for examination, completion and award.
  • 17.3 If the Primary Supervisor decides to withhold approval for the candidate's submission of thesis, the candidate may request a review via shall have the right of appeal to the Dean of School or the Dean of Research.
  • 17.7    The copyright of the thesis as a literary work is invested in the candidate except in certain circumstances which are set out in the Intellectual Property Rights Regulations http:// www.salford.ac.uk/about-us/corporate-information/governance/policies-and-procedures/ research.
  • Table A – EngD candidates may proceed … by performance satisfactory to the School Research and Enterprise Committee … Dean of School (or his /her representative) and Dean of Research (or his/her representative), and by the submission of an annual report thereafter.
  • Table B - Duration of candidature for PhD by published works, part-time 1  Year min, 2 Years max
Previous version of the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes are available below:

Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes 2017/18

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 Programmes are available below:

Academic Regulations for Research Programmes 2017/18

A revised set of Academic Regulations for 2016/17

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.  

TheSub-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