Required to transfer

If you do not pass the progression hurdle for continuing on an integrated master's degree, you may be required to transfer to a different degree.

You will receive a notification email when we complete the transfer. You can then check your new programme registration details in Student Info

When you register online for the next academic year, it will be for your new programme.

This outcome is an appealable decision. It is only applicable to integrated master's programmes.

Full details are in paragraphs 30.24, 30.27 and 30.32 of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

Funding

If you receive financial support, such as a student loan, contact the Student Funding Office, as your transfer may affect the funding you can receive for your new course.

Visa

Students on a Tier 4 visa will need to apply for a new visa. You will need to make your application from outside the UK. Please read the visa information about transferring.

Contact a student visa adviser who will be able to explain more about what you need to do.

Further information for 2019/20

We set additional criteria for progression on integrated master's and placement programmes to try to ensure that if you do progress, you will be successful. These programmes are typically more demanding than bachelor's or non-placement programmes. For example, the pass mark in the final year of an integrated master's programme is 50; there is a risk that if you do not achieve that standard in earlier years of study, you may graduate at the end of your final year with a bachelor's award rather than a master's. We therefore put in place a higher-than-usual threshold for progression in these programmes at the end of second and third year.

Placement programmes may present other challenges. If you study in continental Europe, you will need to be proficient in the language of your host university. We also know from experience that STEM courses at universities in continental Europe require you to have very good mathematical skills. We do not want you to go abroad and then struggle and possibly fail, when you might instead have stayed in Bristol and been very successful.

This year, because of the exceptional circumstances and the disruption to teaching and assessment, we recognise that it might not have been possible for you to demonstrate that you have met the required standard to progress on an integrated master's or placement programme.

Exceptionally, we have therefore relaxed the progression rules that apply to this year of study. We will allow you to remain on the integrated master's or placement programme if you meet the general conditions for progression on the parallel bachelor's or non-placement programme. If you progress this year, you will still be expected to meet any progression thresholds in subsequent years.

If you are able to progress, but would not otherwise have been permitted to do so in a previous year, we encourage you to seek advice on whether you should remain on your integrated master's or placement programme. You should talk to your personal tutor, the senior tutor in your school or your programme director to discuss the benefits and risks of remaining on the programme. This year, however, the decision will be yours.

If you have not met the progression criteria in previous years of study, you will not be permitted to transfer back to an integrated master's or placement programme. The relaxation of the criteria applies to this year of study only. In any year, students who have previously shown that they are not well suited for a programme by not satisfying the conditions for progression in that year of study are not permitted to rejoin that programme. Similarly, you are not automatically entitled to transfer into integrated master's or placement programmes and may still have to meet additional criteria. Capacity to offer advanced research projects or placements is often limited, and it may not be possible to accept every student who might this year ask to transfer.

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