Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences)
The Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences) is governed by Resolutions of the University Court and their subsequent revisions. The provisions of Resolution No. 582 supporting the Generic Undergraduate Regulations are set out with those regulations. The provisions of Resolution No. 597 are as follows:
1. The Degree of Master of Arts (MA) (Social Sciences) may be awarded by the Senate of the University of Glasgow in the College of Social Sciences (the College) in such designations as may be prescribed by Regulations.
2. The award of the Degree shall be governed by Resolution No. 582 - “Generic Regulations for the award of Degrees gained by the successful completion of Undergraduate Programmes” together with such Supplementary Regulations as are contained in this Resolution No. 597 - “Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences)”. The Supplementary Regulations are set out in the Schedule of Regulations attached to this Resolution.
3. The early exit awards of Diploma of Higher Education and Certificate of Higher Education shall be governed by the Generic Undergraduate Regulations.
1. Recognition of Prior Learning
1.1 Assessed prior experiential learning cannot be counted for credit on this Degree.
1.2 Non-university exams cannot permit entry with advanced standing.
2. Maximum Period of Study
For full-time study, the maximum time normally permitted is six academic sessions. For part-time study the maximum time normally permitted is 10 academic sessions. All candidates must comply with progress regulations.
3. Approval of Curriculum
All candidates in their first year of study must choose three subjects that lead to an Honours pathway.
4.1 Generic Undergraduate Regulations §10 and §11 apply with the following additional requirements
a) The minimum requirements for a full-time candidate to progress to a succeeding year of study are as follows:
|After one session:||the candidate must have obtained at least 80 credits, of which at least 60 must be at grade D3 or above, and achieved a grade point average of at least 8.0.|
|After two sessions:||the candidate must have obtained at least 160 credits, of which at least 120 must be at grade D3 or above and 40 of these must be at level 2, and achieved a grade point average of at least 8.0.|
|After three sessions:||the candidate must be in a position to complete the requirements for the award of an ordinary degree in one further session of full-time study.|
b) Part-time candidates
Subject to any additional requirements imposed under Generic Undergraduate Regulation §10.3 the minimum attainment required of a part-time candidate to progress to the next year of study shall normally be 40 credits at grade D3 or above in an academic session.
c) Notwithstanding Generic Undergraduate Regulation §8 any candidate entitled to progress but whose achievement falls short of the requirements set out below must have their curriculum approved by the College Progress Committee:
i) 80 credits at grade D3 or above after one session;
ii) a minimum of 260 credits at a grade point average of at least 8.0 after three sessions.
4.2 Entry to Honours
The requirements referred to in Generic Undergraduate Regulation §15.1(d) are as follows:
4.2.1 Completion of at least 80 credits from qualifying courses at level 2, normally at grade D3 or above, representing at least two subjects.
4.2.2 In the case of a candidate who transfers from another College to enter the curriculum of the Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences), qualifying courses will normally include at least 80 credits from courses selected from Group A of which at least 40 credits should be at level 2.
4.2.3 In exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the Chief Adviser, an existing candidate on the Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences) will be permitted a curriculum of qualifying courses that will normally include at least 80 credits from courses selected from Group A of which at least 40 credits should be at level 2.
4.2.4 Except as provided at §4.2.2 and §4.2.3, the qualifying courses shall be selected from those listed in §5.1 and shall normally include courses totalling 160 credits at level 1 and courses totalling 80 credits at level 2; either 120 credits at level 1 and 40 credits at level 2, or 80 credits at level 1 and 80 credits at level 2, shall be from courses listed in Group A.
4.2.5 In the case of a candidate refused admission to Honours, the Head of School (or their nominee) will inform the candidate’s Adviser of Studies. A candidate may appeal to the College Appeals Committee against such refusal of admission.
4.3 Progress within Honours
4.3.1 A candidate for the degree with Honours must obtain a minimum of 80 credits from qualifying courses at level 2 at grade D3 or above before entry to the Senior Honours year of study.
4.3.2 A candidate for the Degree with Honours may elect or be required by a Head of School to be assessed at level 3 non-Honours standard after completion of the Junior Honours year. The assessment shall be by final examinations in respect of each of the courses of the Junior Honours year of the Honours programme, the corresponding credits being at level 3. Credits accumulated and grade points awarded at the level 3 non-Honours standard shall count towards the minimum graduating curriculum for the Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences).
5. Courses Available to Candidates
5.1 Recognised Qualifying Courses
The following courses constitute Group A:
Levels 1, 2 and 3 core courses in the following subject areas:
Business & Management
Central & East European Studies
Economic & Social History
Politics (including International Relations)
Social & Public Policy
The following courses constitute additional Group A options in second year (or third year on the MA (Social Sciences (Ordinary) degree):
Level 1 Accounting & Finance courses: (Introduction to Business Reporting & Financial Management; Introduction to Finance, Investments & Institutions; Introduction to Management Accounting & Control.)
Level 1 Business & Management courses: Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Introduction to Management.
Level 1 Economics: Introduction to Alternative Perspectives in Economics; Introductory Economics.
The following two courses are compulsory for Economics Honours, but optional for other students:
Level 1 Economics: Introduction to Mathematics for Economics; Introduction to Statistics for Economics.
Level 1 Law courses: Business Law 1; Public International Law; Roman Law of Property and Obligations.
The following two subjects are permitted at level 1 and level 2, but are not offered as single Honours on the MA (Social Sciences):
5.2 Subjects of Study for Honours
These are as listed in Appendix 1.
6. Programme Requirements for the Award of the Degree
6.1 Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences)
In addition to the requirements set out in Generic Undergraduate Regulation §14 a candidate must obtain 60 credits from level 3 courses in Social Sciences subjects or level 3 courses in Arts or Science subjects.
A minimum graduating curriculum may not include more than 120 credits derived from courses outwith Group A.
Where the candidate obtains a minimum graduating curriculum, a minimum grade point average of at least 9.0 over 360 credits, and a grade point average of at least 15.0 over 60 credits of Group A level 3 recognised qualifying courses in the Social Sciences subject areas listed in §5.1 but excluding Geography, Philosophy and Psychology then the candidate may be admitted to Junior, but not Senior, Honours study. Attendance at level 3 courses shall not count towards Honours attendance.
6.2 Degree of Master of Arts (Social Sciences) with Honours
Generic Undergraduate Regulation §16 applies with the following additional provisions:
6.2.1 The recognised programmes and subjects of study for the Degree with Honours are as follows:
a) Honours in a Single Subject
A programme of courses at the Honours standard comprising 240 credits in a subject listed in Appendix 1. Up to 60 credits may be replaced by courses at the Honours standard in another subject other than a foreign language, subject to the approval of the Heads of School (or their nominee). A single dissertation or project or equivalent piece of independent work in the subject must be completed in the final year curriculum.
b) Honours in a Combination of Two Subjects
A programme of courses at the Honours standard comprising 120 credits in each of two subjects. Permitted Combinations for Joint Honours are published on the University website at https://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/. A candidate may proceed to a programme combining a Group A subject and another subject not listed on the website subject to the approval of the relevant College Board of Studies and the Senate. A single dissertation or project or equivalent piece of independent work in one of the two subjects must be completed in the final year curriculum. A free choice between the two subjects shall be permitted. A candidate shall not be permitted to complete a dissertation or project or equivalent piece of independent work in both subjects.
c) Honours in a Principal Subject with Quantitative Methods
A programme of courses at the Honours standard comprising 180 credits in one of the following principal subjects: Central & East European Studies; Economic & Social History; International Relations; Politics; Social & Public Policy; Sociology; and 60 credits in Quantitative Methods. A single dissertation or project or equivalent piece of independent work in the principal subject only must be completed in the final year curriculum. However, should a candidate choose to utilise quantitative methods in the single dissertation or project or equivalent piece of independent work, this will be supported.
6.2.2 The calculation of the final Honours classification in a single subject and in a combination of two subjects is normally based on a contribution of 50% from final year courses and 50% from third year courses where these courses are of equal credit rating. Exceptions to this are noted below with the third and final year percentage contributions given in brackets.
Archaeology (40:60), Computing Science (40:60), Geographical & Earth Sciences (40:60), Mathematics (40:60), Psychology (40:60).
Appendix 1: Subjects of Study for Honours
a) Single Honours Subjects
Business & Management
Central & East European Studies
Economic & Social History
Social & Public Policy
a) Subjects of Study for Subsidiary Honours Degrees
Central & East European Studies, with Quantitative Methods
Economic & Social History, with Quantitative Methods
International Relations, with Quantitative Methods
Politics, with Quantitative Methods
Social & Public Policy, with Quantitative Methods
Sociology, with Quantitative Methods
c) Pairs of Subjects
Combinations for Joint and Principal Honours Subjects are published on the University website at https://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/.
 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 achieved a required grade point average, no further rounding is permitted. For example, a candidate achieving a grade point average of 8.9 would not satisfy a requirement for a grade point average of 9.0.