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 dissertation or research project is worth between 30 and 80 points.

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

Tuition Fees for Extensions of Time

4 Where an extension of time for the submission of a dissertation or research project is approved under Regulation 3b, 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.

Distinction or Merit

5 a The Postgraduate Diploma may be awarded with Distinction or Merit where a student’s overall grade is sufficiently high.

b Where the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma have not been completed in accordance with the time limits specified in Regulation 2a or 2b the student’s eligibility for the award of Distinction or Merit will lapse. On the recommendation of the Head of Department, Senate or its representative may approve the retention of the award of Distinction or Merit.

6 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 and Research Projects

7 a Dissertations or Research Projects are to be bound as specified by the Faculty and submitted to the supervisor or department in accordance with Regulation 3b.

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

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

Transfer Credits, Cross-credits and Reassignments

8 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

9 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

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

Variations

11 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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