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iPhD Mathematical Sciences 2023-24

Academic Regulations: Faculty of Social Sciences

SchoolMathematical Sciences
Final Award

Doctor of Philosophy

With exit awards of:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Programme(s)Integrated PhD in Mathematical Sciences
Last modifiedApril 2023

The Academic Regulations apply to and regulate the programme(s) listed above.

On occasion, programmes can be exempted from one or more of the clauses in the Regulations; one or more of the clauses can be varied; and programmes can impose additional requirements.

  • Exemptions are characterised by the omission of the relevant clause.
  • Variations are characterised by the replacement of the clause with alternative wording.
  • Additions are characterised by requirements in addition to those detailed in the Academic regulations.

The programmes listed have approval from the Academic Quality and Standards Committee for the exemptions and/or variations and/or additions to the regulations noted below.

Exemptions

The clause(s) listed below describe where an exemption to the Regulations exists:

None apply

Variations

The clause(s) listed below describe where a variation to the Regulations exists:

Existing University regulation (including link)

Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Postgraduate Master’s Programmes 

Approved Variation
3.1Where a numerical mark is awarded, the Module Pass Mark for students on postgraduate master’s programmes is 50.  Some Modules are marked only as Pass or Fail. Including MATH6144 (MMath Project), the student must achieve an average pass mark of 60% with a pass mark of at least 60 in 45 ECTS at level 7. 

Additional Requirements

The clause(s) listed below are in addition to the Regulations:

Existing University regulation (including link)

Regulations and Definitions Applying to Progression for all Credit Bearing Programmes 

Approved Additional Requirement 
2.1

Average Mark contribution to a Part of a Programme 

The Average Mark is the mark obtained by taking the average of all individual Module Marks, weighted according to their respective credit point weightings that contribute to the assessment of a single Part of a programme.  The Average Mark is recorded truncated to 1 decimal place in the assessment grid. 

Average Mark contribution to a Part of a Programme 

Students must achieve an average pass mark of at least 60 in the taught part of the programme.

Existing University regulation (including link) 

Approved Additional Requirement 
5

Referral 

5.1 A student who fails a taught Module, after the application of Compensation, may take Referral assessments in failed taught Modules totalling at most 15 ECTS (30 CATS) Credits, subject to the following exemptions:  

i. For programmes with a minimal Module size of 10 ECTS (20 CATS) Credits, a student who fails a taught Module, after the application of Compensation, may take Referral assessments in failed taught Modules totalling at most 20 ECTS (40 CATS) Credits.  

ii. For programmes where all Modules are Core and where it is specified in the Programme Regulations in the University Calendar, the student may take Referral assessments in failed taught Modules totalling at most 30 ECTS (60 CATS) Credits.  

5.2 A student who has failed taught Modules totalling more than the permitted number of Credits for Referral as stated in 5.1 above, is not eligible to Refer in any Module and is required to Repeat.  

5.3 The mark obtained at Referral will be Capped at the Module Pass Mark.  

5.4 The Capped Mark achieved at Referral will be used for calculating the Final Average Mark and determining award eligibility and final classification, where applicable.  

5.5 Where a student is undertaking their programme through part time study, it may be in the student's best interests to take Referrals at the earliest opportunity, which may be outside the normal assessment periods. For such students, Referrals may be permitted while they are still completing their other taught Modules. The arrangements will be communicated via the Programme Handbook. 

Referral 

For students entering the programme from 2022/23: 

A student is not permitted to refer in any taught module that has already been passed specifically in order to improve the mark, with the following exception: 

A student who has failed to achieve the required average pass mark of at least 60 in the taught modules may refer in taught modules in which the mark originally achieved was less than the required average pass mark, to a maximum credit value of 15 ECTS (30 CATS).  In this case: 

(i) Students may choose the taught modules in which they refer, with the constraint that modules in which the mark achieved is a non-compensatable fail must be taken. 

(ii) The actual marks obtained at referral will be inserted into the student’s mark profile to determine whether the required average pass mark (60) has been achieved. 

(iii) Marks for modules originally failed but passed at referral will be capped at the capped mark (50) and published in the student’s transcript. 

The original marks for modules passed but referred to raise the average mark (60) for the taught modules part, will be published in the student’s transcript. 

(iv) If the student subsequently elects to transfer to the MSc Education, that part of the referral not needed to meet the requirements of the new programme shall be disregarded and the average mark for the part recalculated on that basis. 

Students who elect to transfer to the MSc Operational Research or MSc Statistics will be required to successfully complete a 30 ECTS/60 CATS MSc Dissertation and will be required to pay an additional tuition fee. This option is not available to the IPhD students following the Pure/Applied Route. 

These regulations should be read in conjunction with the programme specification.

Disclaimer

As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, these regulations may be revised during a student’s period of registration, however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.

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