THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2011/2012
These degree programme requirements relate to undergraduate programmes in the College of Humanities and Social Science, as listed in 1.1 below. They are additional to, and should be read in conjunction with, the General Undergraduate Degree Regulations, in Section B, which apply to all undergraduate programmes.
Throughout these requirements, the Head of College is referred to as having the authority to grant permissions, concessions and exemptions. This authority is in practice often delegated by the Head of College to appropriate nominees in the College or Schools. It is vital that students consult their Director of Studies as to the appropriate point of contact, and do not approach the Head of College in the first instance.
Every undergraduate student in the College of Humanities and Social Science must comply with these requirements. In exceptional circumstances a concession to allow relaxation of a specific requirement may be granted by the Head of College, or his/her nominee.
Students are particularly directed to:
• The appropriate Degree Programme Table for details of the structure of their programme.
• The Courses Catalogue for further information on individual courses.
1.1 The following undergraduate qualifications are available in the College of Humanities and Social Science:
Students intending to pursue postgraduate work should consult the General Postgraduate Degree Regulations in Section B, and the specific Postgraduate Degree Programme requirements later in this section.
1.3 Students registered for Single Honours programmes should normally construct their curriculum over the first two years of their degree programme to provide at least two alternative choices of honours degree. This is achieved by taking, in the second year of study, in addition to prescribed courses in the main subject, a course or courses following on from a course or courses previously passed. These courses will normally: (a) be from the same subject area as the courses previously passed (as listed in the relevant Schedule); (b) not be taken before the second year of study; and (c) may have the course(s) previously passed as prerequisite(s). Some degree programmes may prescribe such a sequence of courses in support of the main subject of the degree.
General Degrees with Merit or Distinction
1.4 General and Ordinary Degrees may be awarded with Merit or Distinction. To qualify for Merit a student must achieve grade B or better, without re-sitting an assessment, in courses totalling 180 credit points, of which at least 40 credits points must be at level 9 or 10, and at least 80 of the remaining credit points must be at level 8 or higher. To qualify for Distinction, a student must achieve grade A, without re-sitting an assessment, in courses totalling at least 160 credit points, of which at least 40 credit points must be at level 9 or 10, and at least 80 of the remaining credit points must be at level 8 or higher.
1.5 It may be necessary to limit entry to some classes where these do not constitute an essential part of the curriculum for which a student has been accepted.
Residence requirements in curricula involving a modern foreign language
1.6 Unless otherwise stated, a period of residence for language acquisition is required in a single Honours degree in a modern foreign language or in a combined Honours degree involving modern foreign languages and other subjects. In the case of combined Honours in Modern European Languages the minimum total period of residence will normally be eight months spent consecutively in the relevant countries; the minimum period of residence in the country of either of the languages will be eight consecutive weeks. In the case of other modern foreign languages, where there is a requirements regarding residence this will be set out in the relevant Degree Programme Table. Credit points attached to language acquisition through residence abroad can be confirmed only in respect of the Single or Combined Honours programme for which such residence is prescribed.
1.7 Students whose curricula include travel requirements will be expected to bear the cost of their travel programmes.
Distinction in Oral Language
1.8 Students of the MA with Honours which includes an Honours oral examination in any one of the following languages may be awarded a Distinction in Oral Language if their performance at the oral examination is of first class standard: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.
Fitness to Practise
1.9 The College Humanities and Social Science Fitness to Practise Committee assesses whether any student for the professional degrees referred to it does, or does not, constitute a risk to the public, vulnerable children or adults or to patients and is, or is not, a suitable person to become a registered member of the professional body following graduation, in respect of health, conduct and other like matters (see Regulations 1.10, 1.11 and 1.12).
1.10 A student may appeal against the decision of the College Fitness to Practise Committee on procedural grounds (i.e. substantial information directly relevant to the decision of the College Committee which, for good reason, was not available to the Committee when its decision was taken, and/or alleged improper conduct of the College Fitness to Practise Committee) to the University’s Appeals Committee.
1.11 Each student for the professional degrees must comply with the detailed requirements of the curriculum, and must pass all the requisite assessments or Professional Examinations. In addition, the College’s Fitness to Practise Committee, acting on behalf of the College of Humanities and Social Science, must be satisfied at all times throughout the programme that in respect of health, conduct and any other matters which the Committee may reasonably deem relevant, whether such matters relate to the student’s University programme or are unrelated to it, the student would not constitute a risk to the public, vulnerable children or adults or to patients and is a suitable person to become a registered member of the professional body following graduation. Students are subject to the Fitness to Practice regulations both while matriculated and while temporarily withdrawn.
1.12 Any student who, at any stage of the programme, fails to satisfy the College’s Fitness to Practise Committee, as set out in Requirement 1.12 (above), irrespective of his/her performance in the relevant assessments, may be reported to the Head of College who has power to recommend to the Senatus exclusion from further studies and assessments or Professional Examinations for the degree for which the student is registered, or to recommend that the award of the degree be withheld. An appeal against such exclusion, or against the withholding of the degree on the grounds of not being fit to practise, may be submitted in writing to the Secretary to the University within three weeks of the receipt of notification of the decision to exclude or to withhold the degree. This will be referred to the University’s Appeals Committee. In the event of a student being excluded or having the degree withheld, that student may, at the discretion of the University, be given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative programme of studies.
Edinburgh College of Art
1.13 On 1 August 2011 Edinburgh College of Art merged with the University of Edinburgh. From the start of session 2011-12, the University's degree and assessment regulations apply to all ECA undergraduate programmes.
Additional Specific Degree Programme Requirements
Additional degree programme requirements are enforced for specific degree programmes within the College of Humanities and Social Science for example, to meet the requirements of external professional bodies. The programmes affected are:
The additional requirements relating to these programmes are given below and should be referred to in conjunction with the appropriate Degree Programme Table.
The Moray House School of Education: Programme Requirements
2.1 To be awarded the related Teaching Qualification with a degree or Professional Graduate Diploma and to apply for appropriate professional endorsement, students must achieve a pass standard in all Professional Placements and in all courses.
Transfer into the School of Education
2.2 A student who transfers from another School of the University of Edinburgh may be allowed to count not more than 120 credit points at levels 7 or 8 qualifying for a degree in his/her previous School towards the minimum curriculum for a Degree; for a Degree of BEd, a student must complete a satisfactory six-week school placement in addition to third and fourth year studies and school experience to satisfy the minimum requirements of the Teaching Qualification. He/she shall be required to attend courses in the School of Education for not less than two academic years.
Retrieval of Unsatisfactory Grades
2.3 Students on Initial Teacher Education programmes whose overall placement performance is judged to be unsatisfactory may not progress to a further placement without first attempting to redeem their original problems. If a repeat placement is deemed necessary, because of the exigencies of providing a suitable repeat placement, this may mean that a student will be required to withdraw temporarily from his/her course until an appropriate opportunity becomes available. No fail grades at stage assessments or for resit or resubmission work may be awarded without referral to, and report from, the external examiner.
Degree of Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
2.4 A student who fails a (non-placement) Honours course, for which a pass is required for professional registration, will be required to re-sit the examination and/or resubmit the course work. However, the first (fail) mark will be recorded for the Honours degree classification. Should the re-sit or resubmission still fail to achieve a pass, professional registration will not be possible. The student will be ineligible for the degree of Bachelor of Education with Honours or Bachelor of Arts with Honours but may be eligible for the award of the degree of BA Education Studies. For Bachelor of Education (Honours) students and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) students one repeat Professional Placement will be possible in Year 3 and in Year 4. Classification rules for Honours are listed in the relevant School Programme Guide.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (Social Work) with Honours: Programme Requirements
3.1 Student registration with the Scottish Social Services Council is a condition of entry and continuance on the Degree of Bachelor of Science (Social Work) with Honours.
3.2 Sections 3.3 to 3.5 apply to students that entered Junior Honours of the BSc (Social Work) with Honours in 2009-10 or later. Sections 3.1 to 3.4 of the 2008-09 CHSS Undergraduate Degree Regulations set out the programme-specific regulations for students that entered Junior Honours of this programme prior to 2009-10.
3.3 The curriculum includes two practice courses, i.e: Practice Learning in Social Work 1 (in the third year) and Practice Learning in Social Work 2 (in the fourth year). The practice placements conform to the requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council.
Failure to Complete Degree Assessment
3.4 Practice Learning in Social Work 1 and 2 are assessed by a Review Panel at the end of the practice placement. The practice placement is assessed on the basis of by the submission of the prescribed report by the student's practice teacher.
3.5 A student who fails an academic Honours unit, for which a pass is required for professional registration may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, be offered a second opportunity to sit the examination and/or resubmit the course work if in the opinion of the Board of Examiners the failure was attributable to illness, hardship or other relevant circumstances beyond the student's control. However, the first (fail) mark will be recorded for the Honours degree classification. A student who fails the practice placement of Practice Learning in Social Work 1 or 2 may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, be offered a second opportunity to undertake the practice placement if, in the opinion of the Board of Examiners, the failure was attributable to illness, hardship or other relevant circumstances beyond the student's control. If a student does not pass the practice placement at the second attempt and/or any other courses they will not be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Science (Social Work) Honours but may be eligible to proceed towards the Bachelor of Arts (Humanities and Social Science).
Degree of Bachelor of Nursing with Honours: Programme Requirements
4.1 Students must complete a period of nursing practice, as currently required by the statutory bodies, and show evidence of having achieved the required standards of proficiency, to the satisfaction of the Board of Examiners. Provision is made for some of this practice to be carried out during vacations.
Failure of Degree Assessments
4.2 A student who fails an Honours unit, for which a pass is required for professional registration, will be required to re-sit the examination and/or resubmit the course work. However, the first (fail) mark will be recorded for the Honours degree classification. Should the re-sit or resubmission still fail to achieve a pass, an oral examination will be held before the end of the academic session. If the student, orally assessed against the specific criteria, still fails to satisfy the examiners, registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council will not be possible. The student will be ineligible for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing with Honours but may be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Health Studies) or Bachelor of Arts (Health Studies) with Honours.
4.3 On successful completion of the BN (Honours) programme, students are eligible, under the authority of the Undergraduate Programme Director, to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for admission to the appropriate part of the professional register.
Degree of Bachelor of Medical Sciences
5.1 For the additional specific degree programme requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Medical Sciences in International Public Health Policy, Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Sports Science Medicine, and Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Psychology, refer to the requirements for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences as set out in the Undergraduate Degree Programme Regulations for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
Master of Arts with Honours in Architectural Design
6.1 Students are required to pass Academic Portfolio 1. Students that fail this course at the first sitting will be permitted one further attempt to re-sit the examination and/or resubmit the course work. However, the first mark will be recorded for the Honours degree classification.
General Degree of Master of Arts, MA (General); General Degree of Master of Arts with Honours, MA (General Honours)
8.1 These degree programmes are not open to new students. The last intake of new students for the MA (General) and MA (General Honours) was in September 2004.Students for these degrees are subject to the General Undergraduate Degree Programme Regulations (see Section B). Regulations specific to these degree programmes, revised to clarify how these degree programmes relate to the major revisions to the curriculum implemented in session 2004/05, are given below. Students registered for MA General may transfer on request to the BA (Humanities and Social Science) which replaces them. With effect from 1 August 2005, students transferring from an Honours to a General/Ordinary programme will register for BA (Humanities and Social Science) and not for MA (General).Enquiries relating to these programmes should be addressed in the first instance to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
Requirements specific to the General Degree of Master of Arts
8.2 To qualify for the General Degree of MA a student, unless granted a concession or exemption under these requirements, must attend approved courses of instruction and pass the corresponding degree examinations. The General Degree of MA may be taken by full-time or part-time study. For full-time students the period of study shall extend over not less than three academic years. For part-time students the period of study shall be a minimum of five and a maximum of eight academic years.
8.3 A student is required to offer an approved combination of courses from the subject groups listed in Appendix A, and a minimum of eight course units is required for the degree (totalling a minimum of 320 credit points). Courses are listed in the School Schedules in Section F. For the purposes of this requirement, a course unit is any approved course listed in a School Schedule with a credit point value of 40 credits, or an approved combination of two linked courses from the same subject area each with credit value of 20 credits, or (in the case of some courses at SCQF level 9/10 and some courses at level 7/8 in the College of Science and Engineering) an approved combination of four courses from the same subject area each with a credit value of 10 credits. A single course carries 40 credit points at level 7 or 8. A double course requires a further 40 credits at level 8 in a course or courses following on from a single course in which a pass has been obtained. The second part of a double course will normally be from the same subject area as the first part, will normally have the first part as a prerequisite, and will not normally be available to students before the second year of full-time study. Similarly, a treble course requires a further 40 credit points at level 9 or 10 in approved courses from the same subject area, for which a pass in the second part of the double is a prerequisite.
Directors of Studies may permit students to substitute two unrelated 20-credit courses (or the equivalent in 10-credit courses) for not more than one single course (40 credits at level 7 or 8).
The following combinations of single, double and treble courses (designated 1, 2 and 3 respectively) are approved:
8.4 Every student is required to include in his/her curriculum courses from at least three different groups as listed in Appendix A. (Note that 4A and 4B are different and distinct groups.)
8.5 At least five qualifying courses must be selected from groups 1-6.
8.6 Where a student takes one treble as part of his/her curriculum, that treble course must be in groups 1-6.
8.7 A student’s curriculum must be approved by a Director of Studies. He/she may, if his/her Director of Studies approves, take courses additional to the minimum curriculum. Courses not qualifying for the General Degree of MA may also be taken if the student’s Director of Studies and the Head of School concerned approve.
8.8 A full-time student must complete the requirements for the General Degree of MA within four years of study as a matriculated student in the College of Humanities and Social Science; the Senatus may, in special circumstances, allow a student to extend his/her period of study by one further year.
8.9 A part-time student will not be permitted to continue study for the degree beyond the expiry of ten years from the date of first matriculation even if authorised Interruption of study has been granted under General Undergraduate Degree Programme Regulation 30.
Requirements specific to the General Degree of MA with Honours
8.10 The General Degree of MA with Honours may be taken by full-time or part-time study. A student who within three years of full-time study or between five and eight years of part-time study has completed the requirements for the General Degree of MA, gaining marks of at least 55% at the first attempt in not less than four course units, of which at least two must be the second or third parts of a double or treble course, may present himself/herself for the General Degree of MA with Honours. Every full-time student who wishes to apply for entry to the General Degree of MA with Honours must consult his/her Director of Studies and make application to the Dean by the end of March in his/her Final Ordinary year. A full- time student must complete his/her curriculum for the General Degree of MA with Honours and pass the corresponding degree examinations within one further year of study. A part-time student must complete his/her curriculum for the General Degree of MA with Honours and pass the corresponding degree examinations within one or two further years of study.
8.11 A student is required to offer an approved curriculum of at least 11 courses, including those taken as part of the General Degree of MA, and to obtain a minimum of 440 credit points. The following combinations of single, double, treble and quadruple courses (designated 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively) are approved:
A quadruple course (minimum: 160 credit points) extends over four academic years. The fourth part of a quadruple course consists of a further 40 credit points in courses at level 10 in the same subject area in which a treble has already been completed. Information on quadruple courses is given in Appendix A.
8.12 In the final year of full-time study (or the final two years of part-time study) at least one course unit (at least 40 credit points) must be taken from groups 1-6 and at least one course unit (at least 40 credit points) must be at level 9 or 10.
8.13 Where a student takes one quadruple course as part of his/her curriculum (types C, D, E, F, G, H) that quadruple course must be from groups 1-6 as listed in Appendix A.
8.14 A student who has completed the curriculum and passed at the May diet in degree examinations corresponding to each of his/her final year courses, or been exempted from the degree examinations where such exemption is provided for in the regulations for the course, will be placed in one of three classes to be denominated respectively First Class, Second Class and Third Class, of which the Second Class shall be divided into Division I and Division II. The placing in these classes will be determined by the Examiners for the General Degree of MA with Honours. The basis for classification will be five degree examination marks from the third and fourth years of study including all those for the third and fourth parts of treble or quadruple courses and the best remaining degree examination marks to make up the five. Where course units are composed of courses with a credit value of 20 or 10 credit points, the mark for the course unit shall be the average of the marks obtained. In those cases where a student has taken fewer than five course units in his/her third and fourth years of study the number shall be made up from the highest mark or marks from the second year. For part-time students, the basis for classification will be five degree examination marks, including those for the third and fourth parts of all treble or quadruple courses completed during the period of enrolment for the General Degree of MA with Honours and the third part of any further qualifying treble courses (whenever taken) together with the best marks from the three other courses taken most recently in completion of the requirements of the degree. Details of the procedure employed in determining these classes are given in Guidelines for the Board of Examiners, which are available from the College of Humanities and Social Science Office. Students whose curriculum includes a quadruple course in any of the following languages may be awarded a distinction in Oral Language if their performance at the oral examination in the relevant fourth-level course is of first class standard: French, German, Italian, Spanish.
Appendix A: Courses qualifying for the General Degree of MA and the General Degree of MA with Honours
Group 1: Philosophy
Courses in Philosophy (Schedule I)
(History of Science 1 may be combined with Philosophy of Science 1 to form a single course in this Group)
The third and fourth parts of treble and quadruple courses in Philosophy consist of a course or courses in Philosophy totalling 40 credits at level 10.
Group 2: Languages other than English
Greek, Latin (Schedule E)
Biblical Studies, Hebrew, New Testament Greek (Schedule B)
Sanskrit (Schedule G)
Gaelic, Danish, French, German, Italian, Russian Studies, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish (Schedule G)
Arabic, Persian, Turkish (Schedule G)
Chinese, Japanese (Schedule G)
Treble courses: The third part of treble courses in Languages consists of a prescribed language element (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish or Norwegian or Swedish Language 3; Greek Language A, Latin Language A) and an option in the relevant subject, totalling 40 credits.
The fourth part of a quadruple course in these languages also consists of a prescribed language element and an option (totalling 40 credit points). Students are also required to complete at least eight weeks approved residence in a country where the language is spoken, normally before starting the fourth year courses, in periods of not less than four weeks each.
NB: Treble and quadruple courses are not available in Russian, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Chinese or Japanese.
Group 3: English
English Language (Schedule I)
English and Scottish Literature (Schedule G)
Scottish Ethnology (Schedule G)
(Classical Literature 1 (Schedule E) and Chinese Literature 1 (Schedule G) can be taken as single courses in this Group)
The third and fourth parts of treble courses in English Language, English Literature, Scottish Literature and Scottish Ethnology consist of courses totalling 40 credits at level 10. NB: English and Scottish Literature distinguish between courses taken for a treble (normally in the third year of study) and those taken for a quadruple (only in fourth year of study).
Group 4A: History
Ancient History (Schedule E)
Economic and Social History (Schedule E)
History (Schedule E)
Scottish History (Schedule E)
Ecclesiastical History (Schedule B)
The third and fourth part of treble or quadruple courses in this Group consist of a course or courses totalling 40 credits at level 10. Courses need not be from the same Schedule or subject area. (NB: Some History courses may be taken only as the fourth part of a quadruple course; in 2004/05 some of these courses retain a credit value of 60 credit points).
Group 4B: History
Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology, Religious Studies (Schedule B)
(Introduction to Philosophy 1 may be combined with Christian Ethics 2A and 2B or Systematic Theology 2A and 2B to form a double in this Group.)
Islamic History, Islam, Modern Middle Eastern History (Schedule G)
(Islamic History 1 or Modern Middle Eastern History 1 may be combined with Asia and Africa 2 (Schedule E) to form a double in this Group)
Classical Art and Archaeology (Schedule E)
History of Art (Schedule A)
Archaeology (Schedule A)
Celtic Civilisation, Celtic Literature (Schedule G)
Indian Civilisation, Indian Philosophy and Religion (Schedule G)
The third and fourth parts of treble and quadruple courses in this group consist of courses totalling 40 credits at level 10 in the appropriate subject area.
Courses in Scandinavian Cultural History (Schedule G) are available a double in this Group.
Group 5: Mathematics
Courses in Mathematics (Schedule P)
Students may take any courses in Mathematics for which they are qualified. A single consists of 40 credit points at level 7 or 8; a double requires a further 40 credit points at level 8 normally in courses which follow on from those already taken and which are indicated in the course acronym as normally taken in the second year, and a treble requires a further 40 credit points at level 9 (or possibly 10).
Group 6: Linguistics
Linguistics (Schedule I)
The third and fourth parts of treble and quadruple course in this Group consist of 40 credits at level 10 in Language Science.
Human Communication 1 (Schedule O) can be taken as a single course in this Group.
Group 7: Law
Courses in Law (Schedule F)
Courses in Law may be taken as single courses only. Students should choose courses with a credit value of 20 or 40 credits. (NB: Many Law courses are restricted to students taking the LLB.)
Group 8: Music
Courses in Music (Schedule A)
Courses in Music are open to suitably qualified students. Students should take two 20-credit courses at level 8 for the first and for the second part of a double course. The third and fourth parts of treble and quadruple courses each consist of 40 credits at level 10.
Group 9: Human Sciences
Business Studies (Schedule H)
Canadian Studies (Schedule J)
Economics (Schedule H)
Education (Schedule C) (NB. Only a small number of courses are available to students from outwith the School of Education)
History and Social Studies of Science (Schedule J)
Nursing (Schedule D)
Politics (Schedule J)
Psychology (Schedule I)*
Social Anthropology (Schedule J)
Social Policy (Schedule J)
Sociology (Schedule J)
The third part of a treble course is available in Business Studies, Economics, Politics, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, and Sociology, and consists of 40 credits at level 10 in the relevant subject.
The fourth part of a quadruple course is available in Politics, and consists of a further 40 credits at level 10.
Indian Civilisation 1 and South Asian Studies 2 may be taken as a double course in this Group.
* Psychology is a qualifying subject for the MA (General) for students transferring from an Honours curriculum, but Psychology courses are not otherwise available to students for this degree.
Group 10: Architecture
Courses in Architectural History (Schedule A)
The third part of a treble course and fourth part of a quadruple course each consist of 40 credit points at level 10.
Group 11: Natural Sciences (College of Science and Engineering)
A single course in this Group consists of courses from the same subject area totalling 40 credit points at level 7 or 8. Students may enrol for any course for which they have the prerequisites.
A double course consists in addition to the requirements of a single course, of further courses from the chosen subject area totalling 40 credits at level 8. Such courses will normally follow on from those already taken and will be indicated in the course acronym as normally taken in the second year.
It may be possible to extend study to a treble course. The third part of a treble will consist of 40 credit points at level 9 (or possibly 10) as approved by the Head of the relevant School.
Biological Sciences (Schedule K)
Chemistry (Schedule L)
Geosciences: Geography and Earth Sciences (Schedule N)
Informatics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Schedule O)
Mathematics and Statistics (Schedule P)
Physics and Astronomy (Schedule Q)