Degree of International Master in Central & East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
The degree of International Master may be awarded by the University of Glasgow alone or multiple degrees may be awarded by the University of Glasgow, the University of Tartu [Estonia] and one of the other Collaborating Institutions: Corvinus University of Budapest [Hungary]; Ilia State University, Tbilisi [Georgia]; Jagiellonian University, Kraków [Poland]; KIMEP University, Almaty [Kazakhstan]; Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod [Russian Federation]; or University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina [Western Balkans].
The Degree of International Master in Central & East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies is governed by Resolution No. 681 of the University Court, the provisions of which are as follows:
1. The Degree of International Master (IntM) in Central & East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies may be awarded by the Senate of the University of Glasgow in the College of Social Sciences in such designations as may be prescribed by Regulations.
2. The Senate may make regulations governing the award of the Degree which are subject to the approval of the University Court. These are set out in the section entitled ‘Regulations’.
A student admitted onto the programme must follow the instructions issued by the School and be aware of the content of the Programme Specification and the Programme Document (often referred to as the Programme or ‘Course’ Handbook) which will contain further details on the Programme and may include further requirements associated with the award.
Before being considered for admission to study for an award to which these Regulations apply, a candidate must normally have obtained a degree or equivalent.
2. Duration of Study
The minimum period of study for the award of the degree is 24 calendar months. The maximum period for full-time study is 48 calendar months of registered study. The maximum period within which all candidates must complete the programme is five years from the date of initial registration.
3. Programme Components
In order to qualify for the award a candidate must complete a minimum of 240 credits [120 ECTS equivalent] including taught courses and a 60 credit [30 ECTS] dissertation.
4. Minimum Requirement for the Award of Credits
Credits for courses contributing to a candidate’s curriculum shall be awarded subject to the fulfilment of required conditions. The minimum requirements for the award of credits are set out in the Code of Assessment at §16.40 – §16.44 in the ‘University Fees and General Information for Students’ section of the University Regulations.
5.1 For each academic session, assessment and reassessment are, insofar as not modified by these regulations, governed by the Code of Assessment which is contained in the ‘University Fees and General Information for Students’ section of the University Regulations published for that session.
5.2 The assessment of each taught course will be conducted by the institution teaching that course, with the course result determined in accordance with the assessment grading/mark schedule of that institution. In determining whether a candidate has satisfied the requirements set out in these regulations, the equivalence of course results recorded by the Collaborating Institutions to those recorded by the University of Glasgow shall be set out in the Programme Document. The result for the dissertation will be determined in accordance with the assessment schedule of the University of Glasgow.
5.3 Courses for which the candidate has registered must be counted towards the calculation of the candidate’s grade point average for the purposes of §6 and §8 unless other provision is justified by good cause circumstances affecting the candidate.
This regulation applies where course registration continues:
a) on the date on which the first summative assessment for that course is to be submitted; or
b) on such other date as may be specified in the course document for that course.
6.1 A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation only if they have obtained a grade point average of at least 12.0 in the taught courses referred to in §3 with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or above and all credits at grade F3 or above. The Programme Document may specify a course or courses in respect of which a specific grade is a minimum requirement of progression.
6.2 A candidate may be required to commence work on the dissertation before the assessment of the taught courses referred to in §3 has been completed. Such a requirement shall not indicate that the candidate has satisfied the requirements for award in relation to the taught courses. In the event that subsequently after all opportunities at assessment have been exhausted the candidate does not achieve the standard required in relation to the taught courses specified in §8.1, the candidate will not be eligible for the award of the Masters degree and the following will apply:
- If the dissertation has been submitted, it will be marked and a grade published.
- If the dissertation has not been submitted but is substantially complete and no further supervisory input is required, the candidate may submit the work by the published deadline. The work will be marked and a grade published.
- If the dissertation is not substantially complete or requires further supervisory input, the work should be discontinued and no submission made. No grade will be published for the candidate.
7. Reassessment of Dissertation
7.1 Where a candidate requires a higher grade in the dissertation to satisfy the requirements set out in §8.1, reassessment of that dissertation will be permitted on one occasion only, under such conditions as the Examiners may prescribe in each particular case. Normally, resubmission should be no later than three months after the date of the meeting of the Board of Examiners. There is no automatic entitlement to repeat any previous practical work associated with the dissertation or to undertake further practical work.
7.2 Where at the time of publication of the grade achieved on the dissertation a candidate has exhausted all assessment opportunities on the taught courses referred to in §3 and has failed to satisfy the standard required in relation to the taught courses specified in §8.1 for the award of the degree, a resubmission will only be permitted where the Board determines that no further supervisory input is required.
8. Requirements for the Award of a Masters Degree and Rules for Award of Distinction and Merit
8.1 A candidate will be eligible for the award of the degree on obtaining a grade point average of at least 12.0 in all the taught courses within the programme, as specified in §3, with at least 75% of these credits at grade D3 or above, and all credits at grade F3 or above, and obtaining a grade D3 or above in the dissertation.
8.2 §8.4 and §8.6 refer to the ‘weighted course grade profile’. This means the profile of course grades obtained across the 240 or more credits [120 ECTS equivalent] completed on the programme at the first attempt and weighted to reflect the relative credit weightings of the courses.
8.3 A candidate will be eliglbe for the award of Merit on achieving at the first attempt:
a) a grade point average of at least 14.5 in the 240 or more credits [120 ECTS equivalent] completed on the programme; and
b) a grade point average of at least 14.0 in the taught courses; and
c) a grade of C1 or above in the dissertation.
8.4 Where a candidate has satisfied the requirements set out at §8.3 (b) and (c), and their grade point average for the 240 or more credits [120 ECTS equivalent] completed on the programme at the first attempt falls within the range 14.1 to 14.4 the Board of Examiners shall make the award with Merit where at least 50% of the weighted course grade profile comprises grades of B or above.
8.5 A candidate will be eligible for the award of Distinction on achieving at the first attempt:
a) a grade point average of at least 17.5 in the 240 or more credits [120 ECTS equivalent] completed on the programme; and
b) a grade point average of at least 17.0 in the taught courses; and
c) a grade of B1 or above in the dissertation.
8.6 Where a candidate has satisfied the requirements set out at §8.5 (b) and (c), and their grade point average for the 240 or more credits [120 ECTS equivalent] completed on the programme at the first attempt falls within the range 17.1 to 17.4 the Board of Examiners shall make the award with Distinction where at least 50% of the weighted course grade profile comprises A grades.
9. Transfer of Registration
A student who is unable for any reason to complete the programme may transfer their registration to the MSc in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies which has provision for the additional exit awards of Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.
10. Academic Appeals
A candidate wishing to appeal against an academic decision relating to a course should follow the academic appeals procedure of the Collaborating Institution delivering that course; a candidate wishing to appeal against an academic decision made in relation to the overall Programme should follow the academic appeals procedure of the University of Glasgow.
 Except for §10.2 and §10.3 where only 60 credits will be counted in the calculation of the grade point average for a Postgraduate Certificate, and any excess credit will be discarded in such a way as to maximise the grade point average while meeting all other requirements of the regulations.
 The grade point average is determined with reference to the schedule of grades and grade points contained in Schedule A and Schedule B of the University’s Code of Assessment. The grade point average is calculated by taking the product of each course’s weight and the candidate’s grade points and dividing the sum of these products by the sum of the courses’ weights. The weights shall correspond to the courses’ credit ratings unless specified otherwise in the relevant programme documentation. The grade point average is expressed to one decimal place (§16.34(a) of the Code of Assessment). In determining whether a candidate has satisfied requirements in relation to progress and award, no further rounding is permitted. For example, a grade point average of 11.9 would not satisfy a requirement for a grade point average of 12.0.
 Illustrations of weighted grade profiles are given in the Guide to the Code of Assessment.