SECTION 1: Awards of the University


1.1 Awards and titles of award covered by the regulations

1.1.1. Pre-degree level:

  • University Certificate;
  • Certificate of Higher Education;
  • Diploma of Higher Education;
  • Foundation Degree.

1.1.2. First degree level:

  • Certificate in Education;
  • Degree and honours degree: (BA, BEd, BEng, LLB, BMus, BSc, BHM, BCM);
  • Graduate Certificate: GCert;Graduate Diploma: GDip;
  • Graduate Diploma: GDip
  • Integrated Master’s Degree: (MChem, MComp, MEng, MHRM, MMaths, MPharm MPsych, MSci, MLP, MSW, MHSCL);
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

1.1.3. Post-experience:

  • Diploma in Professional Studies;
  • Certificate in Management Studies;
  • Certificate in Leadership Studies.

1.1.4. Postgraduate and post-experience/postgraduate:

  • Diploma in Architecture;
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (QTS);
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education;
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International)
  • Postgraduate Certificate;
  • Postgraduate Diploma (including Diploma in Management Studies);
  • Master’s degree (LLM, MA, MArch MBA, MDes, MLA, MMus, MPA, MPH, MPP, MPS, MSc,).

1.1.5. Honorary Master’s

  • Master of Arts (Hon MA) and Master of Sciences (Hon MSc).

1.1.6. Honorary Fellowship of the University

  • Fellowship of the University.


1.2 Titles of Foundation, Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Postgraduate Master’s Degrees

1.2.1. Foundation degrees, Bachelor’s degrees and Bachelor’s degrees with honours are awarded with a title which reflects the subject balance of the course. The titles available can be accessed in APPENDIX ONE - Titles of Awards.

1.3 Principles of awards

1.3.1. Courses of study must have aims and learning outcomes which the curriculum, structure, teaching methods and forms of assessment are designed to fulfil.

1.3.2. The aims will include the development to the level required for the award of a body of knowledge and skills appropriate to the field of study and reflecting academic developments in that field.

1.3.3. The aims will also include general educational aims: the development of students’ intellectual and imaginative powers; their understanding and judgement; their problem solving skills; their ability to communicate; their ability to see relationships within what they have learned and to perceive their field of study in a broader perspective. Each student’s course of study must stimulate an enquiring, analytical and creative approach, encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness.

1.3.4. The learning outcomes will specify in more detail the knowledge and skills to be developed by the course and evaluated in the assessments.


1.4 Conditions of awards

1.4.1. An award will be conferred when the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The student was a registered student at the time of their assessment for an award;
  • The student has completed a course of study approved by the University;
  • The award has been recommended by an assessment board.


1.5 Admission to study

1.5.1. All applicants are subject to the University’s Admissions Policy. This section must be read in conjunction with the Admissions Policy.

1.5.2. The admission regulations must describe the basis on which a student will be admitted to the beginning or to subsequent stages of a course of study by:

  1. Identifying the knowledge and skills required at admission and relating these to the length, content and learning outcomes of the course.
  2. Describing the way in which these arrangements will accord with the requirements relating to the standard of the award, as set out in the Regulations for Awards section 2.6: credit requirements for awards.
  3. Setting out the criteria and means by which the suitability of the student for admission will be judged.
  4. Setting out, where appropriate, the procedures to be used in assessing for the purposes of Honours classification any relevant previous work of students admitted with specific credit.
  5. Setting out the maximum and minimum length of a course.

1.5.3. The admission of an individual student is subject to the following:

  1. A reasonable expectation that the student will be able to fulfil the learning outcomes of the course and achieve the standard required for the award.
  2. The general requirements for the award to which the course leads.
  3. The regulations for the particular course of study, which will describe the knowledge and skills required for admission.
  4. Evidence of personal, professional and educational experiences that provide indications of ability to meet the demands of the course.
  5. The normal expectation that the student will be at least 18 years of age by 30 September in the academic year of entry.

1.5.4. For course specific principles of admission, please refer to Course Finder.


1.6 The conferment of awards

1.6.1. Conferment is the formal ratification by the University of the recommendations made by the approved examiners. The University confers the following awards on students who have completed an approved course of study: Awards available as Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA);
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd);
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng);
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB);
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus);
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc);
  • Bachelor of Culinary Management (BCM);
  • Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM).

1.6.2 Where a student fails to meet the requirements for an Integrated Master’s Degree, the student will be considered for the award of a bachelor’s degree with honours.

1.6.3 A Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice may be awarded with Merit, Distinction or Commendation.

1.6.4 All other taught awards are available with Merit or Distinction and can be found in APPENDIX TWO - Awards available with Merit or Distinction.


1.7 Information included on the certificate of award

1.7.1. The certificate of an award conferred by the University shall record:

  • The name of the University together with, if appropriate, the name of any other institution sharing responsibility for the student’s course of study.
  • The student’s name as given on the conferment list and held within the student record system.
  • The award.
  • The title of the course (if any) as approved for the purpose of the certificate.
  • An endorsement, where appropriate, that the course of study was in the sandwich mode.
  • The signatures of the Vice-Chancellor and the Director of Registry.