General Regulations – Bachelors Honours Postgraduate Degrees

The following regulations take precedence over the specific regulations for each Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree published in this Calendar. As far as possible they are to be read in conjunction with the specific degree regulations for each Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree. The Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree will not be awarded until the requirements for the qualifying Bachelors degree have been completed..

Note: For the purposes of these regulations:

(i) a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree is worth a total of 120 points

(ii) a dissertation, research portfolio, research project or thesis is worth between 30 and 120 points.

General Requirements

1 A student enrolled for a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree at this University must pass the full points value specified in the degree regulations. The total enrolment may not exceed the minimum points requirement for the degree by more than 40 points.

Duration of Enrolment

2 The requirements for a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree must be completed within:

a one year of initial enrolment for the degree if enrolled full-time

or

b two years of initial enrolment for the degree if enrolled part-time.

3 In all cases, the semester of initial enrolment is deemed to be the first semester in which the student enrolled for a course which is assigned or reassigned to the programme.

Completion of Requirements

4 a A student enrolled for a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree must complete all work in taught courses by the last day of the semester in which the course is taught.

b A student enrolled in a dissertation, research portfolio, research project or thesis of 30 points or more must complete the dissertation, research portfolio, research project or thesis by the last day of the final semester of enrolment in the dissertation, research portfolio, research project or thesis. In exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control, Senate or its representative, acting upon the recommendation of the Head of Department, may approve a limited extension of time, not exceeding two months.

c A student who has failed a course or courses of no more than 40 points may be approved by Senate or its representative to enrol for no more than one further consecutive semester beyond the duration of enrolment specified in Regulation 2 in order to complete the degree.

Tuition Fees for Extensions of Time

5 Where an extension of time for the submission of a dissertation, research portfolio, research project or thesis is approved under Regulation 4b, students will be required to be enrolled and pay tuition fees at the rate of 10 points for each two-month period or part thereof. This will only apply when the student’s current enrolment period in the course has ended.

Honours

6 a The Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree may be awarded only where a student’s overall grade is sufficiently high.

b Honours will be awarded in either of two classes: First Class Honours and Second Class Honours. Second Class Honours are awarded in either First Division or Second Division.

c Where a student’s average grade is insufficiently high to be eligible for the award of honours, Senate or its representative may approve the reassignment of points to the relevant Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma.

7 Calculation of the class of Honours will include the grades given for all courses attempted in the degree. For the purposes of this calculation, Withdrawal, Did Not Sit and Did Not Complete will count as zero.

Submission

8 a Dissertations, research portfolios, research projects and theses are to be bound as specified by the Faculty and submitted to the supervisor or department in accordance with Regulation 4b.

b The Head of Department is to transmit the submitted dissertation, research portfolio, research project or thesis to the examiner(s).

c Copies of dissertations, research portfolios, research projects and theses are not deposited with the University Library.

Suspension

9 Enrolment for a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree will normally be continuous. In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, may grant a period of suspension from enrolment not normally exceeding two consecutive semesters. In such cases the period of suspension will not count towards the time limits for the degree.

Transfer Credits, Cross-credits and Reassignments

10 a Transfer credits

Transfer credits may be awarded for a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree as specified in Regulations 2e and 2f(i) of the Credit Regulations.

b Cross-credits

Courses may not be cross-credited into or from a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree.

c Reassignments

(i) With the approval of the Head of Department, courses may be reassigned as specified in Regulation 9 of the Credit Regulations.

(ii) In certain circumstances, Senate or its representative may approve the reassignment of points to the relevant Postgraduate degree as provided for in Regulation 6c.

Certificate of Proficiency

11 The Certificate of Proficiency regulations under ‘Other Programmes’ apply.

Transitional Certificate

12 The Transitional Certificate regulations under ‘Other Programmes’ apply. A Transitional Certificate course may not be reassigned to a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree.

Variations

13 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to the regulations for a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree.

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