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Programme Regulations and Specifications

Programme Regulations

Programme Regulations should be read in conjunction with the University Regulations. Faculties are responsible for publishing the current Programme Regulations each academic year.

The Programme Regulations provide information on:

  • Programme structure
  • The mode of study i.e. full-time, part-time
  • The mode of delivery i.e. block or linear
  • Length of study
  • Modules comprising the level of credits
  • Whether modules are core, compulsory or optional
  • Assessment methods
  • Progression and transfer to other programmes
  • Degree classification


Templates to assist in the completion of Programme Regulations are available in the Policies and Forms sections of this website.

Taught Programme Sub-Committee report annually register of programmes with approved variations from University regulations.

Programme Specifications

The Programme Specification provides the framework of a degree programme and offers full information on the:

  • Award and title of the programme
  • Level
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme curriculum, structure and features
  • Admission criteria
  • Support for student learning
  • Methods for evaluation and improving the quality and standards of teaching and learning
  • Regulation of assessment
  • Mapping of intended learning outcomes onto the curriculum

A programme specification is published for individual current programmes for each academic year. All programme specifications are available online.

Templates to assist in the completion of Programme Specifications are available in the Policies and Forms sections of this website. 


Recognition of Prior Learning

This policy should be consulted wnen an individual wishes to receive credit for one or more modules that form part of a programme of study leading to a Newcastle award on the grounds they have already achieved the required learning outcomes elsewhere.

Any student who wishes to apply for credit transfer or RPL should read the Newcastle University Policy on Credit Transfer and the Recognition of Prior Learning, speak with the named contact in their academic unit about the application procedure, and complete the RPL application form, which should then be returned to an appropriate and identified person in their academic unit.