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Biological Sciences 2023-24

Academic Regulations: Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences

SchoolBiological Sciences 
Final Award

Integrated Master of Science 

Master of Research 

with exit awards of: 

Bachelor of Science (Honours)  

Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)  

Certificate in Higher Education  

Diploma in Higher Education 

Programme(s)
  • MSci Biochemistry  
  • MSci Biology 
  • MSci Biomedical Science  
  • MSci Ecology and Conservation (closed to new applicants) 
  • MSci Neuroscience 
  • MSci Zoology 
  • MSci Pharmacology and Drug Discovery 
  • MRes Wildlife Conservation 
  • MRes Big Data Biology 
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.

Programme: MRes Wildlife Conservation

The MRes Wildlife Conservation is exempt from paragraph 7.8ii Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Postgraduate Masters Programmes. The taught module BIOL6091 in Part 1 of the programme must be passed before students’ progress to Part 2 of the programme (research).

Programme: MRes Big Data Biology 

Existing University Regulation 

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

Approved exemption 
4.3 

A Pass by Compensation can only be given in a limited number of Credits as follows: 

  • i) A Pass by Compensation can be given in taught Modules totalling at most 15 ECTS (30 CATS) Credits for a Master’s programme or Postgraduate Diploma, and totalling at most 10 ECTS (20 CATS) Credits for a Postgraduate Certificate, except that: 
  • ii) In programmes with a minimum Module size of 10 ECTS (20 CATS) Credits, a Pass by Compensation can be given in taught Modules totalling at most 20 ECTS (40 CATS) Credits for a Master’s programme or Postgraduate Diploma, and totalling at most 10 ECTS (20 CATS) Credits for a Postgraduate Certificate. 
A Pass by Compensation can be given in taught Modules totalling at most 17.5 ECTS (35 CATS) Credits for a Master’s programme. 

Variations

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

Programme(s):

  • MSci Biochemistry 
  • MSci Biomedical Science 
  • MSci Neuroscience 
  • MSci Biology 
  • MSci Zoology 
  • MSci Ecology and Conservation 
  • MSci Pharmacology and Drug Discovery

Approved variation 

2.2 

The University standard Average Mark for a Part for undergraduate students on each Part of a programme is 40. 

A candidate enrolled on these programmes must achieve an average part mark of 60 or more at the end of Part II. 

Additional requirements

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

None apply

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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