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Programme Development

The programme development procedure ensures that all proposals to develop new programmes of study or to change previously approved programmes are scrutinised thoroughly on academic grounds. This scrutiny ensures that each programme of study offered by QMUL is designed to the highest possible academic standards and offers students the best possible teaching and learning experience. It also ensures that resource implications are identified and resolved at the earliest stage.

Detailed guidance relating to the procedures for the approval, amendment and withdrawal of programmes, including process flowcharts, is given in the Programme and Module Developer's Guidelines below.

Information and guidance regarding the design and revision of modules is included in the section on Module Development.

All programme / module developments will be considered and/or reported at Taught Programmes Board and should take account of the schedule of timescales for approval, amendment and withdrawal.

Please note that the guidance provided on these pages does not include information about proposals involving a collaborative partner. Guidance on developing collaborative proposals is available on the Collaborative Provision page.


Programme Forms and Guidance

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Programme approval Form_Part 1 [PDF 3,486KB] Guidance_Part 1 [PDF 440KB]

Flowchart_Programme Approval Process [PDF 388KB]


Flowchart_Collaborative taught programme approval process [PDF 432KB]

Form_Part 1 - SMD [PDF 3,487KB]
Business case template [DOC 1,113KB] To be submitted with Part 1 Programme Proposals - Choose Workbook 27
Form_Programme Specification - UG [PDF 1,625KB] Guidance_Programme Specifications [PDF 313KB]
Form_Programme Specification - PG [PDF 1,215KB]
Form_Part 2 [PDF 1,495KB] Guidance_Part 2 [PDF 290KB]
External Adviser Feedback Form [DOC 103KB] To be submitted with Part 2 Programme Proposals
Programme Amendment Form_Programme Amendment [PDF 1,121KB] Guidance_Programme Amendment [PDF 283KB] Flowchart_Programme Amendment [PDF 295KB]
Programme Title Change Form_Programme Title Change Request [PDF 2,057KB] Guidance_Programme title change form [PDF 283KB]  Flowchart_Programme Title Change [PDF 273KB] 
Programme Withdrawal / Suspension Form_Programme Suspension / Withdrawal [PDF 1,183KB] Guidance_Programme Suspension / Withdrawal [PDF 265KB] Flowchart_Programme Withdrawal/Suspension [PDF 212KB]


Collaborative programmes

Please note that the guidance provided on these pages does not include full information about proposals involving a collaborative partner. Guidance on developing collaborative proposals is available on the Collaborative Provision page.

Internal sources to be used in programme development include:

External sources to be used in programme development include:


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JACS / HECoS Codes

A new subject coding system - the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) - has been developed to replace the JACS system.  

JACS is used by HESA and UCAS to classify subjects of study; the implementation of HECoS provides an opportunity for a far broader range of stakeholders to use a common subject coding system in the future.

HECoS has been developed independently from JACS and therefore there is no direct mapping available between the coding frames. To assist providers in recoding courses from JACS to HECoS, HESA have produced two mapping documents to indicate suggested mappings that might be used. These are available here.

HECoS will be implemented for the academic year starting in the autumn of 2019. For UCAS this means that the first collection of HECoS data will be aligned to the collection of 2019 entry undergraduate course details, ahead of the launch of their search service.

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