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Academic progress on master's degree courses

Academic progress regulations for university master's degree courses at the University of Girona

Approved by the Board of Trustees Plenary in the session 2/12, of 27 April 2012

Preamble

The University of Girona wishes to promote the quality of the degrees, both in terms of the academic results and the effectiveness of the qualifications. Among the different aspects that contribute to attaining this objective, one of the most important is students’ academic progress, in addition to adequate monitoring of the sequence of the subjects programmed in the different curricula. It is also the mission of this University to maximise students’ academic progress and to promote the responsible exercising of their rights and duties.

Article 1. Scope of application

1. These regulations are aimed at establishing the academic progress rules and at regulating the academic progress of students taking university master's-degree studies in accordance with the provisions of the RD 1393/2007, of 29 October, as amended by Royal Decree 861/2010, establishing the arrangement of official university teaching.

2. These Rules are formulated so that establishing the time required to complete the degree depends on the students themselves, consequently allowing them to study part-time.

Article 2. Definition

1. Grade calls: A grade call is understood as each of the times students are definitively graded with respect to an academic year in the subjects or modules they are enrolled on .

2. Grade call periods: Grade call periods are understood as each of the periods of the academic year when students are graded. The academic calendar of the University will set out the grade call periods for each academic year.

Article 3. Grade periods and calls

1. Each module or subject will have only one grade call session per academic year in the corresponding student academic record and the academic calendar of the University of Girona linked to the periods established in the academic calendar which point 2 in the previous article refers to.

2. Students are allowed three qualifying examination sessions to pass each subject or module. Students who fail their subject or module in the second examination session will be able to request a third and final discretionary examination session from those in charge of the master’s degree's assignment structural units who, once they are duly informed, will send the request to the Academic and Validated Credit Transfer Committee for them to draft the rector’s corresponding proposed decision.

3. For a grade call not to count, students may request their examination sessions are cancelled until the date established by the University of Girona's academic calendar to that end.

4. The grade of “Absent” exhausts a grade call to the effects provided for in these regulations.

5. Students who exhaust the number of grade calls established for a subject or module must drop out of the degree.

Article 4. Academic progress regulations

1. A single system for academic progress regulations and progress in studies has been established without distinction between new students and the other students.

2. To allow the part-time dedication, the enrolment minimum in master's-degree studies is set at 30 credits in the first year and at 24 in successive years, not including recognised credits or bridging courses.

3. The enrolment maximum per academic year remains set at 90 credits, and it is mandatory for students to enrol on the compulsory subjects they failed to pass in the previous year.

Article 5. Academic performance

1. To continue studying the same degree, students must pass at least 50% of the credits enrolled on in the previous academic year. Subjects whose examination sessions have been cancelled will not be considered enrolled on.

2. Students who fail to obtain the minimum number of credits stated above will not be able to continue in the same studies. They will be able, however, to enrol again on those studies after two academic years and through the pre-enrolment process.

3. Students may only enrol twice on the same studies.

4. Recognised credits will not count for academic-progress purposes.

Article 6. Cancellation of studies

Where an academic programme for a master's-degree study is cancelled, the right to enrol must be guaranteed for at least two consecutive academic years, for the subjects/modules that students have yet to sit (whether not they have enrolled on them) to be assessed and graded.

Article 7. Reclamations derived from applying these regulations

Decisions on complaints relating to these academic regulations governing university master’s degrees fall to the rector, who will evaluate the circumstances claimed by students and the decision reports or proposals prepared by the bodies in charge of the structural units affiliated to the master’s degree:

The rector's decisions exhaust all administrative procedures and may be appealed against by judicial review.

Additional provision.

It falls to the rector or delegated vice-rector to issue the instructions required for interpreting, applying and implementing these regulations.

Transitory provision

To the effects of calculating grade calls, the calls exhausted before these regulations came into effect will not be counted.

Final provisions

First

These regulations replace section B of the Academic Regulations for Official Postgraduate Studies for 2006-2007 Academic Year (as approved by the Governing Council at session no. 6/06, of 15 June 2006).

Second

These regulations revoke the academic agreement reached in session 2/07 of the Postgraduate Studies Committee (CEP), of 23 May of 2007, on general criteria for recognising former education (exemption, adaptation, validation and credit recognition) and the sharing and overlapping of studies in official master's degrees.

These regulations revoke the academic Agreement reached at session 2/07 of the Postgraduate Studies Committee (CEP), of 23 May 2007. On Assessing previous degrees.

Third

These UdG university master’s-degree regulation will come into force in academic year 2012/13.