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Progression and Award Requirements

The text below is an extract from the MSc handbook for students


The Regulations governing progression and award requirements are set out in your Programme Specification

(http://www.rhul.ac.uk/coursecatalogue/home.aspx) and also more generally in the Postgraduate Taught Regulations


 If you do not pass a course unit at a first attempt you may be given an opportunity to ‘re-sit’ or ‘repeat’ the course unit. 

 Re-sit of a failed course unit – normally gives students an opportunity during the following academic year to re-sit any failed parts of a course unit not passed. Students do not have to attend any classes. Marks for work which has been passed will be carried forward. Students are required to register to resit course units. Unless students have been informed otherwise, the mark for such courses will be capped at 50%.

 Repeat of a failed course unit – if you are given the opportunity to repeat a course unit in attendance you will need to register for the course unit for the following academic year and satisfy afresh all the assessment and attendance requirements, that is, you are expected to attend all classes and redo all required coursework and examinations for the course unit. No marks from the previous attempt at the course unit are carried forward and no work from completed as part of the first

attempt at the course may be resubmitted for assessment. The mark for a course repeated in attendance is not capped.

 Please note that it is not possible to re-sit or repeat a course unit which you have passed.

 NB: Students entered to resit an examination will normally not receive an overall percentage mark greater than 50% for that course unit.

 Outcomes of course unit assessment

The Postgraduate Taught Regulations require that for a student to qualify for final consideration in a course unit by the Sub-board of Examiners, a candidate must first:

 (a) have satisfied the attendance requirements specified for the course;

 (b) have completed and presented for assessment all work specified for the course within specified deadlines.

 The Sub-board of Examiners will determine an outcome and a percentage mark recorded as an integer between 0% and 100% inclusive for each candidate who qualifies for final consideration, as follows:

 (a) an outcome of Pass (P) with a percentage mark will be returned where the candidate has achieved  a mark of 50% or above overall and in all elements of the assessment which carry an individual pass requirement;

 (b) an outcome of Fail (F) with a percentage mark will be returned where the candidate has achieved  a mark of 49% or below overall or in any element of the assessment which carries an individual pass requirement.

 For details on the requirements governing the level of award please see the section on the Consideration and Classification of Candidates for the Award in the Postgraduate Taught Regulations.



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