MA (SOCIAL SCIENCES) Progress Committee

All students are subject to the progress regulations relating to their degree programme, in this case the MA (Social Sciences) degree programme.

These regulations are detailed in the University Regulations.

For ease of interpretation you will be subject to consideration by the MA (Social Sciences) Progress Committee in years 1 and 2 if:

You have not achieved 80 credits, of which at least 60 must be at Grade D or better, and you have not achieved a grade point average (GPA) of at least 8 by the end of your first year.


You have not achieved 160 credits, of which at least 120 must be at grade D or better and 40 of which must be at level 2, and you have not achieved a grade point average (GPA) of at least 8 by the end of your second year

MA (Social Sciences) (Ordinary) degree students in Year 3 and MA (Social Scinces) Honours Students in Years 3 and 4 are also considered if they have not made appropriate progress in their studies or achieved the degree requirements to graduate during the session. 

The MA (Social Sciences) Progress Committee meets in June/July for Honours students and for all other students in September each year.  Students subject to the progress regulations have the opportunity to submit a statement to the Committee.  The Progress Committee has wide powers and may make any recommendations including:

  • Transfer to part-time study
  • Repeat a year
  • Repeat of specific courses
  • Discontinuation of studies (which means a student cannot be readmitted to the MA (Social Sciences) degree programme)

The MA (Social Sciences) Progress Committee consists of the Convenor and two other academic members of staff. The Chief Adviser of Studies also attends to provide reports and information.

Students may submit a statement to the Progress Committee outlining any problems they may have had during the year using the MA (Social Sciences) Progress Committee Student Statement Form. ‌

Students retain the right to appeal to the College Appeals Committee about any decision of the MA (Social Sciences) Progress Committee.