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BSc/BEng/MEng/MComp programmes 2023-24

Academic Regulations: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

SchoolElectronics and Computer Science 
Final Award

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) 
Bachelor of Science (BSc) 
Master of Engineering (MEng) 

with exit awards of: 

Certificate of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education, Ordinary Degree 

Programme(s)
  • BEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering 
  • BEng Biomedical Electronic Engineering 
  • BEng Biomedical Engineering (Electronics) 
  • BEng Electrical Engineering 
  • BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
  • BEng Electronic Engineering 
  • BEng Mechatronic Engineering 
  • BEng Software Engineering 
  • BSc Computer Science 
  • MEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering 
  • MEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Biomedical Electronic Engineering 
  • MEng Biomedical Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Biomedical Engineering (Electronics) 
  • MEng Biomedical Engineering (Electronics) with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Computer Science 
  • MEng Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence 
  • MEng Computer Science with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Computer Science with Cyber Security 
  • MEng Electrical Engineering 
  • MEng Electrical Engineering with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
  • MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communication 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Photonics 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Mobile and Secure Systems 
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Mechatronic Engineering 
  • MEng Mechatronic Engineering with Industrial Studies 
  • MEng Software Engineering 
  • MEng Software Engineering with Industrial Studies
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 a variation to the Regulations exists:

None apply

Variations

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

Existing University Regulation

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

Approved Variation 

Applies to all students entering these programmes on or before the 2021/22 academic year. 

2.Definitions specific to Undergraduate and Integrated Masters Programmes 
2.1The University standard Module Pass Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules at all levels is 40.  Where professional standards, including but not limited to PSRB requirements, require a Module Pass Mark that differs from the University standard this will be stated in the relevant programme regulations. The ECS Module Pass Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules in Part IV is 50. 
2.2The University standard Average Mark for a Part for undergraduate students on each Part of a programme is 40.  Where professional standards, including but not limited to PSRB requirements, require an Average Mark for a Part that differs from the University standard this will be stated in the relevant programme regulations. Students are required to obtain an average mark of not less than 58 in Part III in order to progress to Part IV. 
2.3The University standard Qualifying Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules at all levels is 25 except for modules where credit only is being imported from an exchange or outgoing study abroad for which the Qualifying Mark is zero.  Where professional standards, including but not limited to PSRB requirements require a Qualifying Mark that differs from the University standard this will be stated in the relevant programme regulations. The ECS Qualifying Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules in Part IV is 35. 

 

Existing University Regulation

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

Approved Variation 

Applies to all students entering these programmes on or before the 2022/23 academic year. 

2.Definitions specific to Undergraduate and Integrated Masters Programmes 
2.1The University standard Module Pass Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules at all levels is 40.  Where professional standards, including but not limited to PSRB requirements, require a Module Pass Mark that differs from the University standard this will be stated in the relevant programme regulations. The ECS Module Pass Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules in Part IV is 50. 
2.2The University standard Average Mark for a Part for undergraduate students on each Part of a programme is 40.  Where professional standards, including but not limited to PSRB requirements, require an Average Mark for a Part that differs from the University standard this will be stated in the relevant programme regulations. Students are required to obtain an average mark of not less than 58 in Part III in order to progress to Part IV. 
2.3The University standard Qualifying Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules at all levels is 25 except for modules where credit only is being imported from an exchange or outgoing study abroad for which the Qualifying Mark is zero.  Where professional standards, including but not limited to PSRB requirements require a Qualifying Mark that differs from the University standard this will be stated in the relevant programme regulations. 

The Qualifying Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules in Part I, Part II and Part III is 30. 

The Qualifying Mark for undergraduate students taking Modules in Part IV is 40. 

3Criteria for Progression 
3.4

Pass by Compensation 

A student Passing all Core Modules and achieving or exceeding the University standard Average Mark for the Part, but failing to achieve the required Pass Mark in non-Core Modules totalling at most 15 ECTS (30 CATS), may be awarded credit and a Pass by Compensation in those failed modules provided no Module Mark is less than the Qualifying Mark and (subject to meeting any additional requirements under paragraph 3.2) will progress to the next Part of the programme or to an award.  In deciding whether a student may progress, these criteria are applied first and, if a Pass is so achieved, no Referral right is retained (except as specified in paragraph 6.1).

Pass by Compensation 

A student passing all Core Modules and achieving or exceeding the University standard Average Mark for the Part, but failing to achieve the required Pass Mark in non-Core modules may be awarded credit and a Pass by Compensation in one or more of those failed modules provided that: 

  • No Module Mark is less than the Qualifying Mark, and 
  • The sum of the Cumulative Compensation Credit and the credit passed by compensation in the current Part is at most 15 ECTS (30 CATS). 

A student awarded a Pass by Compensation will (subject to meeting any additional requirements under paragraph 3.2) progress to the next Part of the programme or to an award.  In deciding whether a student may progress, these criteria are applied first and, if a Pass of the Part is so achieved, no Referral right is retained (except as specified in paragraph 6.1).

4Referral
4.2

A student who fails to progress under paragraphs 3.1 to 3.4 on a programme where all Modules in a Part have been designated Core in order to meet the stipulations of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies, Referral is allowed in Failed modules in that Part totalling at most 30 ECTS (60 CATS) if permitted by the programme regulations.   

4.2.1 A student Failing in Modules to a maximum of 30 ECTS (60 CATS) who has achieved the University Average Mark for the Part may be awarded credit and a Pass by Compensation in eligible Modules up to a maximum of 15 ECTS (30 CATS). A student may then Refer in up to 15 ECTS (30 CATS) of further modules, with the constraints that all Core Modules and all Modules in which the mark obtained is less than the Qualifying Mark must be Referred and that Referrals may be taken only in the minimum number of credits needed to achieve a Pass in the Part, as long as doing so successfully would enable the student to Pass the Part. A student who cannot obtain a Pass through the permitted number of Referrals is required to Repeat the Part. 

4.2.2 If a Failed Module has a higher credit value than the student requires for Progression, the student may nonetheless be Referred in that Module. 

4.2.3 A student is not permitted to Refer in a Module that has already been Passed in order to improve the mark, except where programme regulations require the student to achieve an Average Mark higher than the University standard required Average Mark for a Part – see paragraph 6.1. below. 

A student who fails to progress under paragraphs 3.1 to 3.4, for whom 4.1 does not apply, and Failing in Modules to a maximum of 30 ECTS (60 CATS) may be eligible to Refer. 

A student may Refer in up to 15 ECTS (30 CATS) credits of further modules, with the constraints that all Core Modules and all Modules in which the mark obtained is less than the Qualifying Mark must be Referred and that Referrals may be taken only in the minimum number of credits needed to achieve a Pass in the Part, as long as doing so successfully would enable the student to Pass the Part.  Additionally, a student may refer in further Failed Modules, where the Qualifying Mark has been achieved, up to a maximum number of credits equal to their Cumulative Compensated Credit.  A student who cannot obtain a Pass through the permitted number of Referrals is required to Repeat the Part. 

If a Failed Module has a higher credit value than the student requires for Progression, the student may nonetheless be Referred in that Module. 

A student is not permitted to Refer in a Module that has already been Passed in order to improve the mark, except where programme regulations require the student to achieve an Average Mark higher than the University standard required Average Mark for a Part – see paragraph 6.1. below. 

6Referrals and Repeats for Integrated Masters Programmes and other Programme Parts with a higher required average 
6.1

Referral 

Where programme regulations require a student to achieve an Average Mark for the Part which is higher than the University standard required Average Mark for a Part, a student failing to achieve this higher Average Mark for the Part may Refer in Modules in which the mark originally achieved was less than the required Average Mark for the Part, to a maximum credit value of 15 ECTS (30 CATS).  In this case: 

6.1.1 Students may choose the Modules in which they refer, with the constraint that Modules in which the mark achieved is a Non-Compensatable fail must be taken. 

Referral 

Where programme regulations require a student to achieve an Average Mark for the Part which is higher than the University standard required Average Mark for a Part, a student failing to achieve this higher Average Mark for the Part, who is not required to refer modules with a credit value of more than 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) under paragraph 4.2, may Refer in Modules in which the mark originally achieved was less than the required Average Mark for the Part, to a maximum credit value of 15 ECTS (30 CATS).  In this case: 

Students may choose the Modules in which they refer, with the constraint that Modules in which the mark achieved is a Non-Compensatable fail must be taken. 

Additional requirements

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

Programmes: all MEng with Industrial Studies programmes 

The Year in Industry follows the same regulations as the University’s Year in Employment which are specified in the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Undergraduate and Integrated Masters Programmes.

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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