Unit & Programme Management System Home Page

The Unit & Programme Management System (UPMS) is used for creating new and editing existing units and programmes. The System is the primary way for Schools to manage unit availability in SITS and programme and unit information that is published in the Programme and Unit Catalogue.  It is essential to ensure that the information held here is kept up-to-date as it is also used to inform many other systems, including Syllabus+, Hobsons and online unit registration.

For further information on the approval process in general please see our Programme and Unit Approval Guidance.

Log-in to the Unit & Programme Management System.

Faculty level reports on unit and programme data in the UPMS are now available. You will be able to the drill down to school and/or department level and interrogate the data. See notes on Unit & Programme Management System Reporting in Business Objects.

Unit & Programme Management System guidance notes 

Please read the guidance on approval and ensure that you have gathered all of the relevant information required for your proposal.

The following guidance notes should provide you with the relevant information to use the System. If you require further assistance please contact the AQPO at approval-help@bristol.ac.uk. We have also put together some FAQs.

UPMS user guidance

General guidance

Many of the above areas are also covered in short video run-throughs on BEAM.

Please see this link for a list of UPMS Programme Editors.‌

If you need to withdraw a programme, please complete the Programme Withdrawal Form (Office document, 81kB) and send it to approval-help@bristol.ac.uk

Unit Key Information Set Data

The UPMS holds unit data that is used in the University's Key Information Set (KIS) submission. The data related to Methods of Assessment and Methods of Teaching and Student Input is held electronically within the unit specification forms in the Unit & Programme Management System. The data is entered and can be edited within the UPMS,  but it is not published in the publicly available catalogue. The data is used to calculate and publish the KIS for each undergraduate programme.

Please see the Guidance on inputting KIS data (PDF, 695kB) for step-by-step details on how to do this using the UPMS.


If after reading the guidance and the documentation above, you are still having problems using the UPMS, please contact approval-help@bris.ac.uk. It may be possible to arrange some one-to-one help and deal with specific issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

Note: some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader