Board of Examiners

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A Board of Examiners is a body with membership approved by the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

The role of the Board of Examiners is to take an overview of each student’s academic performance on a relevant course or programme based primarily on assessment results, and to make a final academic judgement on the appropriate outcome.

 

Board of Examiners meetings are held two to four times per academic year depending on the programme.

 

1 Year Postgraduate Programmes (MA, MSc)

 

Board of Examiners meetings will be held at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2 in order to ratify course marks. The Board at the end of Semester 2 will also assess whether students can progress to the next stage of their academic study e.g. a final project or dissertation, or the 2nd year of a part-time programme. A final Board will then be held following the submission of the final project or dissertation to assess what final award – including classification – students will be granted for their degree programme of study.

 

2 Year Postgraduate Programmes (MFA)

 

Board of Examiners meetings will be held at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year in order to ratify course marks. The Board at the end of Semester 1, Year 2, will also assess whether students can progress to the next stage of their academic study e.g. a final project or dissertation, or the 2nd year of a part-time programme. The final Board at the end of Semester 2, Year 2, will assess what final award – including classification – students will be granted for their degree programme of study.

 

2 Year Postgraduate Professional Programmes (MLA, MArch)

 

Board of Examiners meetings will be held at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year, in order to ratify course marks. The Board at the end of Semester 2, Year 1, will also assess whether students can progress to the next stage of their academic study. The final Board at the end of Semester 2, Year 2, will assess what final award – including classification – students will be granted for their degree programme of study. These programmes also have a Resit Exam Board in August to assess award and degree classification for students who were permitted to resit assessment following the final Board at the end of Semester 2.

 

All marks and grades are provisional until their ratification during the above Boards.

 

Further information on the policies and principles of the Board of Examiners can be found in the below handbook:

www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/boe_handbook.pdf