Degree of Master of Science in Sensor & Imaging Systems
The Taught Masters Programme in Sensor and Imaging Systems is offered jointly by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh (the partner institutions). The regulations following are those promulgated by the University of Glasgow, the lead institution.
The Degree of Master of Science in Sensor & Imaging Systems is governed by Resolution No. 661 of the Court of the University of Glasgow, which at the time of publication was in draft form, with provision that:
1. The Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Sensor & Imaging Systems may be awarded jointly by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
2. A Joint Management Committee will be formed in relation to the Programme. The composition, terms of reference and remit of the Joint Management Committee are as set out in the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the partner institutions.
3. The Senate of the University of Glasgow may make Regulations, which are subject to the approval of the University Court, governing the award of these degrees. These are stated in §1 – §11 of the section entitled ‘Regulations’.
A student admitted onto the programme leading to the award of the Master of Science in Sensor and Imaging Systems (the Programme) must follow the instructions issued on behalf of the relevant Schools and Departments of the partner institutions 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 of the Programme and may include further requirements associated with the award.
1. Application of Regulations
Unless otherwise specified in these Programme specific regulations, the regulations of the lead university (the University of Glasgow) shall apply to all candidates on the Programme.
a) Entrance Requirements
Candidates must normally possess:
i) at least a second class honours degree in a relevant subject; or
ii) a qualification deemed by the Joint Management Committee to be equivalent to the above.
All candidates shall normally be initially registered for the Masters degree.
3. Duration of Study
The minimum period of study for the award of the Masters degree is 12 calendar months. The maximum period for full-time study is 24 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.
4. Programme Components
4.1 In order to qualify for an award, a candidate must complete minimum credits as follows:
i) For the award of the Masters degree: 180 credits, which includes both taught courses and a 60 credit project dissertation.
ii) For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits of taught courses.
iii) For the award of the Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits of taught courses.
4.2 The taught courses will normally be undertaken during the academic session (September – June) and are specified in the relevant Programme Document. The length and nature of the project dissertation are as specified in the relevant Programme Document.
5. Minimum Requirement for the Award of Credits
i) Credits for taught courses studied at the University of Glasgow 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 of the ‘University Fees and General Information for Students’ section of the University of Glasgow Calendar.
ii) For each taught course studied at the University of Edinburgh a candidate shall be awarded credit on achievement of at least a grade C or mark of 50% on the University of Edinburgh Common Marking Scheme. In addition, if a candidate achieves at least a grade C or mark of 50% on the University of Edinburgh Common Marking Scheme in at least 40 credits and has an overall average of 40% or more for the 60 taught credits studied at the University of Edinburgh, then they will be awarded credits on aggregate for any of the University of Edinburgh taught courses for which a grade of less than C or mark of less than 50% is awarded.
6.1 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.
6.2 For taught courses studied at the University of Edinburgh a candidate will be offered one assessment opportunity only.
6.3 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 University of Edinburgh to those recorded by the University of Glasgow shall be governed by Appendix 1. The result for the project dissertation will be determined in accordance with the assessment schedule of the University of Glasgow.
6.4 Courses for which the candidate has registered must be counted towards the calculation of the candidate’s grade point average for the purposes of §7, §9 and §10 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.
7. Candidates for a Masters Degree: Progress
A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the project dissertation only if they have obtained a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses described in §4 with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above. Exceptionally, a candidate may be permitted to progress to the project dissertation where it is judged that the candidate’s performance offers a reasonable prospect of that candidate’s reaching the standard required for the award of the Masters degree following any reassessment for which they are eligible on courses studied at the University of Glasgow.
8. Reassessment of the Dissertation
Where a candidate requires a higher grade in the project dissertation to satisfy the requirements set out in §9.1, reassessment of that dissertation or other substantial independent work 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 project dissertation or to undertake further practical work.
9. Requirements for the Award of a Masters Degree and Rules for Award of Distinction and Merit
9.1 A candidate will be eligible for the award of the Degree on obtaining a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses described in §4, with at least 75% of these credits at grade D3 or better, and all credits at grade F or above, and obtaining a grade D3 or better in the project dissertation.
9.2 A candidate who has achieved a grade point average of 15 (equivalent to B3) or above for the taught courses and grade B3 or above for the project dissertation will be eligible for the award with Merit. Where the grade point average for the taught courses falls within the range 14.1 to 14.9 the Board of Examiners shall have discretion to make the award with Merit. No discretion can be applied in relation to the grade required for the project dissertation.
9.3 A candidate who has achieved a grade point average of 18 (equivalent to A5) or above for the taught courses and grade A5 or above for the project dissertation will be eligible for the award with Distinction. Where the grade point average for the taught courses falls within the range 17.1 to 17.9 the Board of Examiners shall have the discretion to make the award with Distinction. No discretion can be applied in relation to the grade required for the project dissertation.
9.4 Where a candidate has been reassessed on one or more taught courses delivered by the University of Glasgow and/or has resubmitted the project dissertation, only the result(s) obtained at the first attempt may be counted in determining eligibility for the award of Merit or Distinction.
10. Requirements for the Exit Award of a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate and Rules for Award of Distinction and Merit
10.1 The requirement for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma is a grade point average of 9 (equivalent to D3) in 120 credits, with not less than 80 of these credits at grade D3 or above.
10.2 The requirement for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate is a grade point average of 9 (equivalent to D3) in 60 credits, with not less than 40 of these credits at grade D3 or above.
10.3 These awards may be granted with Merit or Distinction according to the criteria specified in §9.2, §9.3 and §9.4 in relation to the taught courses.
11. Academic Appeals
A candidate wishing to appeal against an academic decision relating to a course should follow the academic appeals procedure of the 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.
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 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 §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 of Glasgow’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.