Requirements of the University


Admission to the University is subject to your undertaking to comply with the University's registration procedure and duly observe the Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University. Your attention is drawn particularly to the following:

  • A full-time student is required under the General Regulations (General Regulations 39 and 40) to attend throughout the whole of each semester. Failure to attend regularly could lead to being denied the credits assigned to particular modules, or being referred to the Faculty Student Review Committee, which has the power to exclude students from further study in the Faculty.
  • Every student is required to attend punctually and regularly the courses, lectures, laboratory work and tutorial periods prescribed in the relevant scheme of study, together with such other lectures or classes as may be directed, and to provide the text books and apparatus prescribed.
  • A student is normally required to be in residence throughout the whole of each semester and may not be absent during the normal working week without permission from the Head of Department.
  • In cases of enforced absence, a written explanation must be sent to the Head of Department.
  • A student must attend all terminal or sessional examinations unless expressly excused by their Personal Tutor. A student who does not return punctually at the beginning of any term is liable to be refused permission to keep that term.
  • Failure to observe the above Regulations may be treated as failure to satisfy the conditions of attendance laid down in the Ordinances and Regulations for degrees, diplomas, associateships, and certificates.
  • Students considering withdrawing from courses to which they have been admitted are strongly advised to consult their Personal Tutor before leaving the University.
  • Students should be aware of the regulations governing admission, registration and fees, academic progress, appeals and student discipline. Admission requirements can be found in the General Regulations 5-7 and the SSiD web site can provide further information.  You can also view the admissions policy here.

As a student, it is most important that you attend regularly all the lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions etc. that are listed in your timetable or that are communicated to you as the semester proceeds. It is only by attending all of the scheduled sessions you will be able to learn effectively, and it is for this reason that the Student Charter notes that students are expected "to attend throughout each semester, including the full examination period. This means turning up on time to all designated teaching sessions, tutorials, laboratory sessions and all assessment". To help ensure that you make full use of the learning opportunities that are available, the department will be monitoring the attendance of students at twelve or more sessions throughout the year. The monitoring will be carried out using systems that have been developed by the University specifically to help departments identify and support students who are having difficulty with their study programme. Within this department, the monitoring will be carried out by the use of personal and subject tutorials, registration at lectures, ‘one to one’ sessions with project supervisors, attendance at examinations and submitting project work.

Research ethics

All University research that involves human participants must be ethically approved prior to the involvement of the human participants. A project is defined as one that constitutes ‘an investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding, including work of educational value designed to improve understanding of the research process’ and this includes undergraduate individual projects and group projects. If you are involved in a project that involves human participants then you should talk to your project supervisor or module leader who is responsible for guiding you through the ethics review process and will apply for approval on your behalf.