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Programme structure: Comparative Literatures and Cultures (MA) - what's running in 2017/18

The unit pass mark for the MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures is 50.

The programme pass mark is 50.

Students require 60 credits at the end of TB1 to progress to the next stage of the programme.

Students require 120 credits at the end of TB2 to progress to the dissertation stage.

A merit may be awarded to a student who obtains an average of 60% for stages 1 and 2, and 65% for the dissertation.

A distinction may be awarded to a student who obtains an average of 65% for stages 1 and 2, and 70% for the dissertation.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Institutions of Culture MODLM0022 20 Mandatory
Cultural Encounters MODLM0002 20 Mandatory
Research Skills MODLM0021 20 Mandatory
Dissertation (Comparative Literatures and Cultures) MODLM0019 60 Mandatory
Students must also take three of the following optional units
Global Cultures of the Book MODLM0015 20 Optional
Tradition and Experimentation in Twentieth-Century European Fiction MODLM2034 20 Optional
The Rise of the Novel in 19th-Century Europe MODLM2035 20 Optional
Theories of Visual Culture: Text and Image MODLM2048 20 Optional
Foreign Language Skills for Postgraduate Students (Beginners and Intermediate) MODLM0030 20 Optional
Foreign Language Skills for Postgraduate Students (Advanced) MODLM0031 20 Optional
Language and Society in the Present and Past MODLM0017 20 Optional
The Cultural Imagination of Gender MODLM0023 20 Optional
Theorizing Violence: Colonial Encounters and Anticolonial Reactions MODLM0025 20 Optional
Romantic Poetry and Poetics ENGLM3009 20 Optional
Renaissance Literature: Texts and Contexts ENGLM0037 20 Optional
Hamlet: Text and Interpretation ENGLM3012 20 Optional
Intertextual Shakespeare ENGLM3013 20 Optional
The Gothic ENGLM0040 20 Optional
Victorian Literature and Place ENGLM0034 20 Optional
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Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Additional progress information

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

The award of an MA with Merit in the Faculty of Arts requires at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component and at least 65 out of 100 for the dissertation.

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