Programme and module approval
New courses and changed courses need formal approval before they can be offered to students.
Approval process overview
Compile full details of all new and amended modules and programmes before putting them forward for approval by the appropriate committees.
Taught module approval
New or amended modules require certain actions and approvals before they can be offered. New modules are approved by the Programme Approval Group. Amended modules are approved by the School Taught Student Education Committee.
Taught programme approval
New or changed programmes must get formal approval before they are offered. The time this takes depends on the change and the programme. Get specific advice as early as possible from your QAT faculty contact.
New programme approval
Approval of a new programme is proposed by the School Taught Student Education Committee, approved by the Programme Approval Group and ratified by the Portfolio Steering Group.
A Quality Check for each new programme is undertaken at least 6 months before it commences, to ensure that all elements of the programme are complete and deliverable.
Taught programme amendment
There are different amendment processes depending on the scale of the change proposed. Major programme amendments are approved by the Programme Approval Group. Minor programme amendments are approved by the School Taught Student Education Committee and reported to the Faculty Taught Student Education Committee.
Taught programme withdrawal
To withdraw or temporarily suspend a programme, a school must seek permission from the Taught Student Education Board via the Programme Approval Group.
Collaborative programme approval
Collaborative programmes have extra approval and review requirements, which will depend on the type of arrangement and whether they are taught or research.
There are three models for split-site PhDs. If you are considering any of these arrangements, contact Postgraduate Research and Operations for advice.
Joint honours programme approval
Joint honours programmes have extra approval requirements, involving liaison between the two teaching schools. Approval processes for new programme proposal, programme withdrawal and for programme and module changes are explained here.
Study abroad approval
Quality assurance of study abroad arrangements, including new exchanges, are supported by the Study Abroad office and overseen by the Collaborations and Partnerships Committee via Programme Approval Groups.
Work placement learning that is part of a programme of study must be approved and regularly reviewed through the University's usual quality assurance arrangements.
CPD and short courses
The approval processes for continuing professional development and short courses depend whether the training carries credits.
Ad personam and ad hoc programme variation
Ad personam or ad hoc programme variations must be approved by the relevant Pro-Dean for Student Education, acting on behalf of the Faculty Taught Student Education Committee.
Integrated PhD-masters new programme approval
There are approval processes for new integrated PhD-masters degrees or for changes to existing ones.