Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations


Programme regulations provide students with a description of which courses a student can or must take during their programme of study. Information in programme regulations includes:

Additional information:

Changes and course availability:

Please note that while care has been taken to ensure that programme information is up-to-date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

Changes made to your programme, since your acceptance of an offer to study, can be found on our CMA homepage, which lists programme changes by category. These match categories of course information defined as ‘material information’ in the guidance from the Competition and Markets Authority, i.e. information that allows you to make “an informed choice about which universities and courses to apply for”.

Places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. If changes are made it is normally in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes may include altered content, teaching formats or assessment modes for example within specific courses, and any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience.

Changes may also be made to the availability of compulsory and optional courses. New courses may be added and old courses removed. Optional courses may also on occasion not be available. This can be due to different reasons, for example:

- A course may be suspended for one year due to staff sabbatical and so a different optional course can be offered;
- A course may be unavailable due to unavoidable timetable clashes. In such cases the course would usually be removed from the regulations;
- A course may be suspended due to an unforeseen lack of demand or unexpected staff absence due to illness for example.

You should visit the School’s Calendar or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses. The Calendar is published each year in late August before the start of each academic session and certain substantive changes will be listed in advance on the updated undergraduate and graduate programme and course information pages, including details of planned course suspensions and withdrawals.

Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught programme regulations:

Undergraduate programme regulations
Post Graduate Taught programme regulations

Post Graduate Research programme regulations:

MRes/PhD programme regulations
MPhil/PhD programme regulations