8.  Progression

 

8.1 Examination boards

There are normally three assessment periods in each year:  January, May/June, August/September (for resit exams).  After each assessment period there is an Examination Board.  The final MSc exam board is normally held in the last week of October.

 

8.1.1 Criteria for assessing students' work

The following criteria will be used in assessing taught elements, including examination papers and coursework, of the Masters programme.

 

70+      (Distinction) Work of excellent quality showing evidence of independent work, independent reading, originality, high accuracy, critical appraisal, and very good presentation, a wide and thorough understanding of the syllabus, ability to apply the theory and methods learnt to solve unfamiliar problems.

 

60-69   (Merit) Work of high quality showing evidence of understanding on a broad range of topics, good accuracy, good structure and presentation with clear aims/objectives and relevant conclusions, a good knowledge of the syllabus, some originality, limited ability to tackle unseen problems.

 

50        (Pass) Work demonstrating a clear ability to acquire and apply knowledge in a coherent, if uncritical fashion. Some understanding and ability to do routine familiar problems, evidence of good understanding of the main ideas in the course units, little originality, reasonable accuracy, good presentational skills with a reasonably clear structure and aims/objectives, attempts to draw conclusions.

 

40-49   (potentially compensable for Masters) Ability to do routine work, basic understanding of the important course material, no originality limited accuracy, adequate presentational skills, with clear but limited objectives, does not always reach a conclusion. 

 

30-39   (Fail). Work shows some understanding of the main elements of the programme material and some knowledge of the relevant literature. Shows a limited level of accuracy with little analysis of data or attempt to discuss its significance.          

 

<30      (Fail) Work which does not meet one or more of the pass criteria.

 

8.2 Progression and award of degrees

 You should read and understand the Regulations: Degree of Master, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/DocuInfo.aspx?DocID=29208

 

Below is a brief informal summary to the main points on what you need to do to pass the programme.  In case of conflict, the Regulations take precedence over this informal summary.

 

Postgraduate taught degrees at the University of Manchester are based on the National Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).  This framework requires students to achieve credit at Masters' level in order to get an award.  An MSc programme will normally have 180 credits, a Postgraduate Diploma programme will normally have 120 credits, and a Postgraduate Certificate programme will normally have 60 credits.

 

8.3 The MSc programme

The MSc programme comprises a taught component and a dissertation component.

 

8.3.1 The taught component

To pass the taught component of the MSc you need to be awarded a sufficient number of credits (90 credits for the MSc in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic, 120 credits for all other MSc programmes).

 

If you pass a course unit with a mark above the MSc pass mark of 50 then you will be awarded the credits for that course unit.

 

If you fail one or more course units then you can still be awarded the credits for these course units, provided that you have not failed more than 30 credits of course units and these marks are in the 'compensation zone' (40-49) in these course units.  (Thus if you have two marks between 40-49 and all other marks above 50 then you will pass the taught component of the MSc.) 

 

If you fail a course unit with a mark below 40 then you will need to be referred (resit) in this course unit.  If you fail more than 30 credits of course units with a mark below 50 then you will need to be referred in these course units (although compensation can still be applied to up to 30 credits in the compensation zone).  If you have failed more than half the taught credits (45 credits for Pure and Logic, 60 credits for all other MScs) then you will not be allowed to be referred and you will be considered against the criteria for a Postgraduate Diploma.

 

The Examination Board decides the course units in which the student will be referred.  Referral exams normally take place at the next opportunity to sit the exam (this would normally be in August/September for course units failed in January and/or May/June).

 

To be awarded the credits in a referred exam, you must score a mark above 50.  Note that this reassessment will be based solely on the resit examination mark; any previously submitted coursework will not count here. However, the mark recorded on your transcript will be capped at 40 (if the original mark is below 40) or at the original mark (if the original mark is between 40-49).  Compensation is allowed for referrals provided that you have not already used up your quota of compensation.

 

8.3.2 Referral and Deferral exams

Should you be granted a referral in a failed course unit or a deferral in a course unit due to mitigating circumstances by the Examination Board then the referral will normally take place at the next opportunity to sit the exam.  For course units taken in January or May/June, this will normally be August/September.

Referred/deferred exams are held in Manchester.  The University does not allow examinations to be held away from Manchester.

Information on referral fees are in the Crucial Guide

http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/exams/resits/.

 

8.3.3 The dissertation component

The pass mark for the dissertation is 50.

If you fail your dissertation at the first attempt then you will normally be given the opportunity to resubmit a revised version of the dissertation, provided that the original mark awarded was not less than 30.  You will normally be given up to six months in which to make the requested revisions or undertake additional work.  You will be provided with feedback from your examiners and guidance on the revisions required to bring the work to the appropriate standard for the Masters award.  If your resubmitted dissertation passes, then the mark recorded on your transcript will be capped at 40 (if the original dissertation was marked below 40) or at the original mark (if the original dissertation was marked between 40-49).

 

8.3.4 Pass criteria for the MSc programme

To pass the MSc programme you need to

  • pass the taught component
  • pass the dissertation component.

 

You will normally be awarded, subject to the approval of the Examination Board, an MSc with Merit if you

  • pass the taught component
  • pass the dissertation component with a mark of 50% or more
  • have a weighted average of the taught component and dissertation component above 60.

 

You will normally be awarded, subject to the approval of the Examination Board, an MSc with Distinction if you

  • achieve an average in the taught component of 70 or more and with no mark below 50 in any course unit
  • pass the dissertation component with a mark of 70 or more.

 

If you have been referred in any course units or had to resubmit the dissertation then you will not be eligible for a distinction.

 

8.4 The Postgraduate Diploma programme

To pass the Diploma you need 120 credits.

 

If you pass a course unit with a mark above the Diploma pass mark of 40 then you will be awarded the credits for that course unit.

 

If you fail one or more course units then you can still be awarded the credits for these course units, provided that you have not failed more than 30 credits of course units and have marks in the `compensation zone' (30-39) in these course units.  (Thus if you have two marks between 30-39 and all other marks above 40 then you will pass the taught component of the Diploma.)

 

If you fail a course unit with a mark below 30 then you will need to be referred (resit) in this course unit.  If you fail more than 30 credits of course units with a mark below 40 then you will need to be referred in these course units (although compensation can still be applied to up to 30 credits of failed course units in the compensation zone).  If you have failed more than half the taught credits (45 credits for Pure and Logic, 60 credits for all other programmes) then you will not be allowed to be referred and you will be considered against the criteria for a Postgraduate Certificate.

 

To be awarded the credits in a referred exam, you must score a mark above 40.  Note that this reassessment will be based solely on the resit examination mark; any previously submitted coursework will not count here.  However, the mark recorded on your transcript will be capped at 30 (if the original mark is below 30) or at the original mark (if the original mark is between 30-39).  Compensation is allowed for referrals provided that you have not already used up your quota of compensation.

 

Should you be granted a referral in a failed course unit or a deferral in a course unit due to mitigating circumstances by the Examination Board then the referral will normally take place at the next opportunity to sit the exam.  For course units taken in January or May/June, this will normally be August/September.

Referred/deferred exams are held in Manchester.  The University does not allow examinations to be held away from Manchester.

Information on referral fees are in the Crucial Guide

http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/exams/resits/.

 

To pass the Diploma programme you need to

  • pass the taught component
  • for the Postgraduate Diploma in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic only, achieve a pass mark in the Diploma Report.

 

8.5 The Postgraduate Certificate programme

To pass the Certificate you need 60 credits.

 

If you pass a course unit with a mark above the Certificate pass mark of 40 then you will be awarded the credits for that course unit.

 

If you fail one 15 credit  course units then you can still be awarded the credits for this course units, provided that you have marks in the `compensation zone' (30-39) in these course units.

 

If you fail a course unit with a mark below 30 then you will need to be referred (resit) in this course unit.  If you fail more than 15 credits of course units with a mark below 40 then you will need to be referred in these course units (although compensation for marks over 30 can still be applied to 15 credits).  If you have failed more than half the taught credits (30 credits) then you will not be awarded a degree.

 

To be awarded the credits in a referred exam, or a deferral in a course unit due to mitigating circumstances you must score a mark above 40. Note that this reassessment will be based solely on the resit examination mark; any previously submitted coursework will not count here.  However, the mark recorded on your transcript will be capped at 30 (the capped mark is applied to the course unit, not just the failed element).  Compensation is allowed for referrals provided that you have not already used up your quota of compensation. 

 

Should you be granted a referral in a failed course unit by the Examination Board then the referral will normally take place at the next opportunity to sit the exam.  For course units taken in January or May/June, this will normally be August/September.

Referred/deferred exams are held in Manchester.  The University does not allow examinations to be held away from Manchester.

Information on referral fees are in the Crucial Guide

http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/exams/resits/.

 

8.6 Disclosure of results

Your examination results will be available on My Manchester as soon as possible after the meeting of the relevant Board of Examiners. Detailed information and advice on your progress and examination performance should always be obtained from your Academic Advisor or Programme Director.  Please note that examination results cannot be given out by e-mail or by telephone.

 

Examination Boards usually take place in the last week of February, the last week of June and the last week of October.  Results will normally be made available to you within a week of the Examination Board.

 

If, after graduating, you have need for an official list of such marks, you can obtain an online Academic Transcript or order a paper copy of an academic transcript by visiting the website:

http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/award-confirmation/

 

8.7 Prizes

8.7.1 NAG prizes

The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) fund two prizes at the University of Manchester.

 

1. NAG Prize in Numerical Analysis

This will be awarded to the student on the MSc in Applied Mathematics who has the best performance in the exams (January and May/June) for the numerical analysis options, as determined by the programme committee.

 

2.  NAG Prize in Mathematical Finance

This will be awarded to the student on the MSc in Mathematical Finance who has the best performance in the January exams, as determined by the programme committee.

8.7.2 Thales Prize in Applied Mathematics

Thales sponsor a prize for the best performance in the MSc in Applied Mathematics programme.

 

`Best performance' normally means the highest average credit-weighted mark.  Each prize is normally awarded to a single person, but in the case of a tie then the prize can be split equally amongst more than one person.

 

8.7.3 Royal Statistical Society Prize in Statistics

This will be awarded to the student on the MSc in Statistics who has the best performance overall in the taught and dissertation components of the programme.  The prize is one year’s free membership of the Royal Statistical Society (with associated benefits) at the grade of Graduate Statistician.

 

8.8 Graduation

Graduation ceremonies are held twice a year, in July and December.  Following confirmation of your degree you will receive information concerning the graduation ceremony and you should indicate at this stage, whether you wish to attend the ceremony or graduate in absentia.  Once you have received confirmation that you have been awarded the degree, this signals that you are eligible to attend the ceremony to receive your certificate.  Further details of the graduation ceremony can be found on the Student Services Centre website: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/graduation/.

 

8.9 Appeals

Students may appeal against the decision of an Examination Board.

 

Appeals can normally be made on the basis of perceived procedural irregularities.  Please note that appeals on the basis of academic judgement are not allowed.

 

Students are strongly advised to hold informal discussions with the School of Mathematics about their case for appeal, and the appeal procedures, prior to submission of an appeal.

 

Full information about the formal appeal procedures is given in Regulation XIX (Academic Appeals).  This is downloadable from the website: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/formal-procedures/academic-appeals/.  However, you should note that the purpose of this Regulation is to safeguard the interests of all students. It may be used only when there are adequate grounds for doing so (as specified in the Regulation) and may not be used simply because a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of his or her assessment or other decision concerning their academic position or progress.  See also Section 15.

 

8.10 Examination script feedback sessions

 The School allows students to see their marked Mathematics examination scripts. Scripts can only be viewed by appointment and the viewing opportunity will last about 10 minutes. You will receive further information by email before each viewing period.

The School does not re-mark examination scripts.   Students can ask the School to check that all parts of their script have been marked, their marks have  been added up correctly and their course work marks have been included correctly.  All such requests from students are collated and passed to the Director of Postgraduate Studies, who arranges for the scripts to be checked and the results communicated to the students.

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