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Programme Development

Please note that there is currently a content freeze on these pages due to the ongoing migration to the new Content Management System, Terminal 4. The information is correct as of 21 March 2017, but please contact the Academic Model team below in the first instance.

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 Queen Mary 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 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.

Programme Guidance

External sources to be used in programme development include:

JACS Codes

The JACS code of a programme (and module) should reflect the subject content of the programme (or module). However, a  JACS mapping [XLS 82KB] [Updated August 2013] showing where a student will appear in the University Guides, as well as UNISTATS and NSS, based on proportion of programme apportioned to a programme JACS, is provided for information.

Programme Forms 

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Guidance on developing collaborative proposals is available on the  Collaborative Provision page.

In order to make use and complete the interactive forms colleagues will require Adobe Reader 9 or later. The latest version of Adobe Reader can be downloaded from this link and is free to download-http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/?promoid=DAFYK. 

Once the relevant form has been download it should then be saved and completed. Failure to save the document will mean that data will be lost if you press the back button in your internet browser. The following naming conventions should be used for saving programme forms:

  • P1PF_<<programme title>> for Part 1 Programme Proposal Forms
  • P2PF_<<programme title>> for Part 2 Programme Proposal Forms
  • PAF_<<programme title>> for Programme Amendment Forms
  • PWF_<<programme title>> for Programme Withdrawal Forms
  • PS_<<programme code>> for Programme Specifications
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