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Summary Programme Specification 2010 MSc Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in the Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice Title and name of awards MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice – MSc Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice The University offers individual modules of these MSc degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificate as credit bearing short courses. Students may take a maximum of three modules fr
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  Summary Programme Specification 2010MSc Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in thePoverty Reduction: Policy and PracticeTitle and name of awards MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice – MScPostgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Poverty Reduction: Policy andPracticeThe University offers individual modules of these MSc degrees, Postgraduate Diplomasand Postgraduate Certificate as credit bearing short courses. Students may take amaximum of three modules from these programmes.These programmes are part of a number of awards, offered by the School of Orientaland African Studies (SOAS), Centre for Centre for Development, Environment and Policy(CeDEP) through the External System. For further information refer to the Regulationsfor the MSc degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in the fieldsof Agribusiness and Food Management, Applied Economics, Environment andBiodiversity, Sustainability and Development. See Glossary foran explanation of terms. Level of the programmes The awards are placed at the following Levels of the Framework for HigherEducation (FHEQ):MSc – Level 7 (formerly level ‘M’)Postgraduate Diploma - Level 7Postgraduate Certificate – Level 7 The FHEQ formspart of theacademicinfrastructure of the QualityAssurance Agencyfor HigherEducation (QAA)in England andWales. Relevant QAA subject benchmarks group(s) Not applicable See the QualityAssurance Agencywebsite forinformation.   Awarding body University of London Registering body University of London, through the External System www.londonexternal.ac.uk Lead College See Glossary foran explanation School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)Centre for Development Environment and Policy (CeDEP) Accreditation by professional or statutory body Not applicable Language of study and assessment English See also section 4of the DetailedRegulations. Mode of study Further details 1   Distance Learning enhanced by the CeDEP online study centre about studentsupport are in thestudent handbook. Programme structures and requirements The MSc consist of  nine modules   and a research report as follows: ã   Four core modules plus ã   Four further modules chosen from a list of options plus ã   A research methods module ã   A research report.In order to proceed to the further modules and the research report a student mustnormally successfully complete the core modules and receive a recommendation fromthe Board of Examiners that they may proceed.The Postgraduate Diplomas consist of  eight modules as follows: ã   Four core modules plus ã   Four further modules chosen from a list of options.The Postgraduate Certificate consist of  four modules as follows: ã   A minimum of three core modules ã   A maximum of one further module chosen from a list of options Full details are insection 1 of theDetailedRegulations. A student may be permitted to transfer their registration to one of the other degrees,diplomas or certificate offered by CeDEP subject to approval of the degree tutor. Full details are insection 11 of theDetailedRegulations. There are no exemptions for courses at Postgraduate Certificate, PostgraduateDiploma or MSc level.Students who are permitted to transfer to one of the other degrees, diplomas orcertificates, offered by CeDEP, may apply for credit for relevant modules already passed.Applications for credit will be considered on an individual basis.Applications for credit from other students and graduates of the University of London willbe considered on a discretionary basis.A student who successfully completes one or more of short courses may be consideredfor progression to the related MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.Students permitted to progress may be credited with any short course they successfullycomplete. Details of creditsand exemptionsare in section 2 of the DetailedRegulations. The maximum and minimum periods of registration, from a student’seffective date of registration, are: Minimum MaximumMSc Two calendar years Five calendar years Postgraduate Diploma Two calendar yearFive calendar years PostgraduateCertificate One calendar year Full details are insection 3 of theDetailedRegulations. To be considered for the award of an MSc a student must have attempted and passedall nine modules and the research report.To be considered for the award of Postgraduate Diploma , a student must havepassed the assessment in all eight modules.To be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate , a student musthave passed the assessment in all four modules.Examinations for the MSc are marked on the following scale: See also section 8of the DetailedProgrammeRegulations. 2  Mark range Class equivalent 70 and over Distinction60 - 69 Merit50 – 59 PassBelow 49 FailExaminations for the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate are marked onthe following scale: Mark range Class equivalent 70+ Distinction50 – 69 PassBelow 49 Fail Students registered prior to 1 January 2005 should refer to the Detailed Programme Regulations for details of the relevant Scheme of Award. The award is normally given on the basis of achieving marks within the appropriaterange in each module. All modules are weighted equally.The Board of Examiners retains the right to use its discretion and to take into accountthe student’s overall performance when determining a student’s results.In order for a Postgraduate Certificate student to proceed to the related PostgraduateDiploma or MSc, the student must normally obtain a pass in all four of the PostgraduateCertificate modules and receive a recommendation from the Board of Examiners thatthey may proceed.In order for a Postgraduate Diploma student to proceed to the related MSc the studentmust normally obtain a pass in all eight of the Postgraduate Diploma modules andreceive a recommendation from the Board of Examiners that they may proceed.A student who accepts one of the awards (Postgraduate Certificate or PostgraduateDiploma) will not be permitted to re-register for the related Postgraduate Diploma orMSc at a later date.At the discretion of the Board of Examiners, a student who does not complete or achievea pass at Master’s level overall may in recognition of the passes obtained in the modulesfor the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma be awarded the relatedPostgraduate Certificate or Diploma. Entrance requirements An applicant must satisfy the relevant entrance requirements given in thissection. In order to be considered for registration as an External Student,they must also submit an application in accordance with the proceduresand deadlines given in the appropriate prospectus.In order to be considered for registration for the MSc an applicant must have: ã   A good degree agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, economics, orother appropriate disciplines from a university or other institution acceptable tothe University (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits)In order to be considered for registration for the Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate an applicant must have: ã   A first degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, economics, orother appropriate disciplines, which has, in the opinion of the University,included suitable preliminary training Or ã   Previous education and experience without a first degree, which satisfies theUniversity as a qualification on the same level as a first degree, and which hasincluded suitable preliminary training. The prospectusgives details of the applicationprocess,alternativequalifications thatmay be acceptedand EnglishProficiency tests.Students withspecial needsshould refer tosection 12 of theDetailedRegulations. 3  All students must have: ã   A high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills. Thisis equivalent to a score of 6.0 overall in the IELTS text or a score of 580 (or 237on the computerised test) in the TOEFL test of English. Applicants will be askedto provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council, GMAT oranother registering body. Educational aims and learning outcomes of theprogrammes It is anticipated that most graduates of this programme will find work in: ã   government ministries and other public sector organisations concerned withpolicy analysis and implementation for poverty reduction ã   international and non-governmental organisations concerned with issues of poverty reduction ã   consultancies and development projects involved in activities promoting povertyreductionThe purpose of this programme is to enable students to acquire and build multi-disciplinary knowledge which integrates scientific, technological and economic insightsand skills to enable them to analyse and address the poverty reduction challenges of thismillennium.The programme will give students the opportunity to develop ã   a critical, inter-disciplinary, integrative and global perspective on povertyreduction issues ã   a theoretical approach to intellectual enquiry of poverty reduction issues, whichnevertheless emphasises the integration of theory and practice ã   broad understanding of ideas and approaches for managing organisations withintheir cultural, political, technological, social, and institutional contexts, to solveproblems related to poverty reduction ã   practical issue-oriented research skills, drawing on knowledge andunderstanding developed in their studiesSuccessful completion of a Postgraduate Certificate may allow progression to the relatedPostgraduate Diploma and on to the related MSc. Successful completion of an MSc mayallow a student to undertake postgraduate research in a related subject.There is a natural progression through these programmes from the core modulesthrough the further modules and on to the research methods and research report (MSconly). The further modules may not in themselves more difficult than the core modules.However, as students progress through the programmes they will develop a greaterunderstanding and a sophistication of thinking.Students taking the MSc and the Postgraduate Diploma can choose elective moduleswithin a particular specialism. Students will be able to develop skills relevant to specificprofessional interests. Learning outcomes of the programmes   Subject specific - knowledge and understanding On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to: ã   understand the relationship between climate change and development; ã   understand the application of economics by institutions for development; ã   understand poverty ã   understand sustainable development.   4
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