Degree of Master of Science in Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement
The Degree of Master of Science in Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement is governed by Resolution No. 683 of the University Court, which at the time of publication was in draft form, with provision that:
1. The Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placementmay be awarded by the Senate of the University of Glasgow in the College of Science & Engineering (the College).
2. The Senate may make Regulations governing the award of the Degree, which are subject to the approval of the University Court. These shall be stated under 'Regulations'.
A student admitted onto a programme leading to an award must follow the instructions issued on behalf of the relevant 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 including, in some cases, further requirements associated with the award.
Before being considered for admission to study for the degree 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 15 months. The maximum period within which all candidates must complete the programme is five years from the date of initial registration.
3. Programme Components
3.1 In order to qualify for the award of the degree a candidate must complete a minimum of 180 credits, consisting of 120 credits of taught courses and a 60 credit work placement. Details of the components of assessment relating to the work placement will be specified in the relevant Programme Document.
3.2 The taught courses will normally be undertaken during the academic session (September – June) and are specified in the relevant Programme Document.
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 Calendar.
5.1 For each academic session, assessment and reassessment are, in so far 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 Calendar published for that session.
5.2 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, §8 and §9 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 undertake the work placement only if they have achieved:
a) grade C3 or above at the first attempt in the each of the taught courses (totalling 60 credits) taken in semester 1; and
b) a grade point average of 15 (equivalent to B3) or above in the 120 credits of taught courses referred to in §3.1 with at least 75% of the credits at D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above.
6.2 A candidate who does not meet the requirements specified in §6.1 for progression to the work placement, or who is unable to secure an appropriate work placement, may transfer their registration to the MSc Land and Hydrographic Surveying.
7. Reassessment of Work Placement
7.1 Where, in order to satisfy the requirements set out in §8.1, a candidate requires a higher grade for the work placement, resubmission of the assessed work for the placement will be permitted on one occasion only, under such conditions as the Examiners may prescribe in each case. Normally resubmission shall 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 work placement or to undertake further practical work.
7.2 Where at the time of publication of the grade achieved for the work placement 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 in relation to the work placement will only be permitted where the Board determines that no further supervisory input is required.
8. Requirements for the Award of Masters of Science in Land and Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement and Rules for Award of Distinction and Merit
8.1 A candidate will be eligible for the award of the degree on satisfying the requirements set out at §6.1, and obtaining 60 credits from the work placement at grade D3 or better.
8.2 A candidate will be eligible for the award of the degree with Merit on achieving at the first attempt:
a) a grade point average of 15 (equivalent to B3) or above in the 180 credits completed on the programme; and
b) a grade of at least C1 in the work placement.
8.3 Where a candidate has satisfied the requirement specified at §8.2 (b), and their grade point average for the 180 credits completed on the programme at the first attempt falls within the range 14.1 to 14.9 the Board of Examiners shall have discretion to make the award with Merit.
8.4 A candidate will be eligible for the award of the degree with Distinction on achieving at the first attempt:
a) a grade point average of 18 (equivalent to A5) or above in the 180 credits completed on the programme; and
b) a grade point average of at least 17(equivalent to B1) in the 120 credits of taught courses; and
c) a grade of at least B1 in the work placement.
8.5 Where a candidate has satisfied the requirements set out at §8.4 (b) and (c), and their grade point average for the 180 credits completed on the programme at the first attempt falls within the range 17.1 to 17.9 the Board of Examiners shall have discretion to make the award with Distinction.
 In compliance with the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework a minimum component of the total credit must be gained from Masters level courses (level M/SCQF level 11) as follows: 150 credits for a Masters Degree, 90 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma, 40 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate.
 Except for §9.2, §9.3 and §9.4 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.