It is a requirement of University Statutes that every department has a Board of Studies (BoS) to:
The BoS is the primary learning and teaching committee at departmental level. For some areas of business, such as the approval of minor modifications to programmes, it is able to operate and make decisions under delegated powers. For other areas of business, such as the introduction of a new taught degree programme, the power of the Board is to agree a recommendation at departmental level for approval by a University-level body (in the case of a new taught programme the University Teaching Committee). The term of office for Chairs of Boards of Studies is normally three years (beginning 1 August in the year in which they are elected).
A Board of Studies may have a range of sub-committees, but must include a Departmental Teaching Committee (DTC).