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Programme structure: SWBio DTP: Research Methods for Life Sciences (MRes) - what's running in 2017/18

This is the exit route for students on the 4 year BBSRC SWBio DTP PhD programmme.

BIOCM0010, BIOCM0011, BIOCM0012, BIOCM0013 and BIOCM0014 are must pass. For the definition of must pass units please see the Glossary of Terms from Annex 1 to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
SWBio DTP: Science in Society, Business and Industry BIOCM0013 20 Mandatory
SWBio DTP: Statistics and Bioinformatics BIOCM0010 20 Mandatory
SWBio DTP: Core skills for Life Scientists BIOCM0012 20 Mandatory
SWBio DTP: Rotation project 1 BIOCM0021 60 Mandatory
SWBio DTP: Rotation project 2 BIOCM0020 60 Mandatory
MRes   180  

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

Students registered on the SWBio DTP programme must have successfully completed the 180 credit points to progress into their second year.

This MRes degree will provide an exit route for students registered on a 4yr PhD in the SWBio DTP programme who have successfully completed their first year and then choose to leave the PhD programme. Students successfully completing 60 credit points may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate and students completing 120 credit points may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

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