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Programme structure: Policy Research (PG Dip) - what's running in 2020/21

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

The programme can also be studied on a part-time basis over 2-5 years.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0014 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0015 20 Mandatory TB-1
Students take one from the following:
Further Quantitative Methods SPOLM0016 20 Optional TB-2
Students take two from the following:
SPOLM0016/SPOLM0017 can only be taken as an optional unit if not already taken as a mandatory unit.
Further Quantitative Methods SPOLM0016 20 Optional TB-2
Researching Child and Family Welfare SPOLM0011 20 Optional TB-2
Inclusive Research with Disabled People ACHSM0001 20 Optional TB-2
The Economics of Public Policy SPOLM1062 20 Optional TB-2
Supervised Independent Study SPOLM4300 20 Optional AYEAR
Disabled Childhoods SPOLM0050 20 Optional TB-2
Health and Health Care in a Global Context SPOLM1066 20 Optional TB-2
The International Analysis of Poverty and Social Exclusion SPOLM1068 20 Optional TB-2
Environmental policy and social justice SPOLM0041 20 Optional TB-2
Migration, asylum and human rights: EU and global policy perspectives. SPOLM0042 20 Optional TB-2
Public policy for a complex and uncertain world SPOLM0043 20 Optional TB-2
Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Research   120      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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