1. General Regulations
The MA consists of three terms of taught courses located according to a rotation scheme
. These terms are followed by a dissertation submitted at one of the partner universities. The taught component of the MA consists of a number of individual subjects with different weightings.1.2.
The place and date of examinations is determined by the Joint Studies Board.
1.3. In assessing students’ performance examiners will consider the degree to which students achieve the objectives of the assessed assignments and will generally bear the following in mind:
Demonstration of the ability to synthesise and critically examine existing literature,
Breadth of understanding,
Ability to undertake independent work,
Detailed study of particular areas/topics,
Integration of conceptual and theoretical material,
Appropriate use of empirical evidence.
1.4. All examinations and the dissertation will be graded according to the ECTS convention.
||'excellent' (outstanding performance with no or only minor errors) (equivalent : 5);
||'very good' (above the average standard but with some errors) (equivalent : 4);
||'good' (generally sound work with a number of notable errors) (equivalent : 3);
||'satisfactory/sufficient' (pass; performance meets the minimum requirements) (equivalent : 2);
||'not sufficient' (marginal fail) (equivalent : 1);
||'poor' (fail) (equivalent : 0).
These grades are converted, for the purpose of the calculation of overall averages, to a numerical equivalent on a scale from 5 to 0. Fractional marking is possible.
1.5. Students who achieve a weighted average of at least 2 across all subjects, subject to regulations 1.7-1.9 below, will be awarded the MA Economics of Globalisation and European Integration.
1.6. Students who achieve a weighted average of 4 or higher across all subjects, subject to regulations 1.7-1.9 below, will be awarded the MA Economics of Globalisation and European Integration with Distinction. Students are not eligible for a Distinction if they have resat any examinations. A marginal fail that has been condoned does not prevent eligibility for a Distinction.
1.7. Failure at Grade F in any subject must be redeemed by a resit examination.
1.8. Failure at Grade FX (or a numerical grade lower than 2) in one subject may be condoned, provided the student has passed all other subjects and the dissertation. Failure at Grade FX in more than one subject may not be condoned and must be redeemed by resit examinations. Condonations are only possible for exams taken during the regular session of the first year. FX grades obtained in resit exams or in a delayed year cannot be condoned.
1.9. Before the mark for the dissertation is known, a failure at Grade FX (or a numerical grade lower than 2) in one subject may be condoned conditionally upon successful completion of the dissertation, provided the student has passed all other subjects (this is referred to as 'conditional condonation'). If the student fails to meet the condition, i.e., fails the dissertation at Grade F or FX, the conditionally condoned failure must be redeemed by a resit examination and the failed dissertation must also be resubmitted at a time to be determined by the Joint Studies Examination Board.
1.10. Students may resit examinations on only two occasions, subject to the regulations under section 2 below. The Examination Board may impose a limit on the grade obtained in resit examinations. When submission of a new dissertation is required, the previously submitted dissertation shall count as the first submission. All resits, including resubmitted and newly submitted dissertations, must be completed within two years of the Examination Board Meeting following the year of study.
1.11. Students must settle all outstanding accounts at their home and host institutions before the completion of the Programme. Students who fail to do so will not receive their examination results.
1.12. The Examination Board may exercise discretion in the application of all or any of these regulations in the interest of fairness and parity of treatment of students. In the exercise of discretion, the Board may take into account the student’s performance in other subjects and his/her attendance. The Board’s discretion exercised under this regulation may only lead to an improvement in the student’s final result arrived at by the application of regulations 1.5-1.11.
2. Valid Reasons for Absence or Poor Performance
If it is established to the satisfaction of the Joint Studies Examination Board that a candidate's absence, failure to submit work, or poor performance in all or part of an assessment was due to illness or other cause(s) found valid on production of acceptable evidence, the Board shall act as follows:
2.1. A student whose evidence satisfies the Joint Studies Examination Board will be recommended by the Joint Studies Examination Board for re-assessment as-if-for-the-first-time as specified by that Board.
2.2. Where appropriate evidence of a student’s achievement is available, the Joint Studies Examination Board may recommend the student for the award or credits under consideration, with or without distinction as appropriate. In order to reach such a decision the Joint Studies Examination Board may require the assessment of the candidate by whatever means it considers appropriate.
2.3. Before a recommendation under 2.2 above is confirmed, the student must have notified the Board that he or she is willing to accept the award and understands that this implies waiving the right to be re-assessed.
3. Breaches of Assessment Regulations: Cheating and Plagiarism
3.1. All cases of breaches of assessment regulations will be decided in accordance with the regulations of the University at which the subject(s) has/have been studied.
3.2. Cheating denotes any deliberate attempt to gain an unfair advantage in any assessment. Plagiarism denotes the deliberate attempt by the candidate to pass off as his or her own, for the purposes of assessment, the work of another person, including another candidate and including work in computerised form.
3.3. Where it has been established that a candidate has engaged in cheating or plagiarism in an examination or other assessment, the Board may deem that the candidate has failed all or part of the Programme.