General Regulations – Postgraduate Diplomas

The following regulations take precedence over the specific regulations for each Postgraduate Diploma published in this Calendar. As far as possible they are to be read in conjunction with the specific regulations for each Postgraduate Diploma.

Note: For the purposes of these regulations:

(i) a postgraduate diploma is worth a total of 120 points

(ii) a research essay or research project will normally be worth up to 45 points

(iii) a dissertation will be worth at least 40 points and less than 90 points

(iv) a research portfolio will be worth 90 or 120 points

(v) the ‘Department’ is the Department or School or other academic unit in which the student is enrolled, and the ‘Head of Department’ is the head of that academic unit

(vi) a representative of Senate includes a Dean, and Deputy or Associate Dean.

General Requirements

1 A student enrolled for a Postgraduate Diploma at this University must pass the full points value specified in the postgraduate diploma regulations. The total enrolment may not exceed the minimum points requirement for the postgraduate diploma by more than:

a 40 points

or

b 20 points in the case of a student with credit granted from a postgraduate certificate.

Duration of Enrolment

2 a The requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma must be completed within:

(i) one year of initial enrolment for the postgraduate diploma if enrolled full-time

or

(ii) four years of initial enrolment for the postgraduate diploma if enrolled part-time.

b In the case of a student who has completed a postgraduate certificate for which credit is granted to a postgraduate diploma the requirements must be completed within

(i) one semester of admission if enrolled full-time

or

(ii) two years of admission if enrolled part-time.

c 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.

d In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, may increase the duration allowed for enrolment for a period not normally exceeding two consecutive semesters.

Completion of Requirements

3 a A student enrolled for a Postgraduate Diploma must complete all work in taught courses by the last day of the semester in which the course is taught.

b (i) A student enrolled in a dissertation or research essay or research project of 30 points or more must complete the dissertation or research essay or research project by the last day of the final semester of enrolment in the dissertation or research essay or research project.

(ii) If, in exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control, a dissertation or research project has not been able to be completed by the due date specified in Regulation 3b(i), Senate or its representative may, upon consideration of a student’s application and the required supporting evidence, approve a limited extension of time, not exceeding six months.

(iii) If an extension is approved, a student will be enrolled in an extension course 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 a dissertation or research project course has ended.

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 postgraduate diploma.

d Fine Arts Studio

A student enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts must complete their individual programme not later than 1 November in the year in which the work is undertaken or by such other date as may be approved by the Head of School of Fine Arts.

Distinction or Merit

4 a Where the specific postgraduate diploma regulations include a provision for Distinction or Merit, a postgraduate diploma may be awarded with Distinction or Merit where a student’s overall grade is sufficiently high.

b Distinction may be awarded where a student has achieved an overall grade point average of 7.0 or higher. Merit may be awarded where a student has achieved an overall grade point average of between and including 5.50 and 6.99.

5 Calculation of the award of Distinction or Merit will include the grades given for all courses attempted in the diploma. For the purposes of this calculation, Withdrawal, Did Not Sit and Did Not Complete will count as zero.

Dissertations/Research Essays/Research Projects

6 a Dissertations, research essays, and research projects are to be submitted to the supervisor or department in accordance with Regulation 3b.

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

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

Transfer Credits, Cross-credits and Reassignments

7 a Transfer credits

Transfer credits may be awarded for a Postgraduate Diploma 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 Postgraduate Diploma.

c Credit from a postgraduate certificate

In the case of a student who has completed a Postgraduate Certificate for which credit is granted to a Postgraduate Diploma, admission to the Postgraduate Diploma must take place within five years of completion of the Postgraduate Certificate.

d Reassignments

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

Certificate of Proficiency

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

b A Certificate of Proficiency course may be reassigned to a Postgraduate Diploma as specified in Regulation 9 of the Credit Regulations.

Transitional Certificate

9 The Transitional Certificate regulations under ‘Other Programmes’ apply. A Transitional Certificate course may not be reassigned to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Variations

10 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to the regulations for a Postgraduate Diploma.

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