A modification is a change to an existing programme of study, categorized as 'minor' or 'major'. Primary responsibility for considering and approving modifications rests with Boards of Studies (or Graduate School Boards, where these have delegated power for postgraduate programmes). Modifications classed as 'major' also require the approval of the relevant Faculty Learning and Teaching Group.
As a general principle, modifications should be implemented for the next entering cohort and not for current students.
The University is now using the online Module Catalogue to process approvals of all new modules, and modifications to, and withdrawals of, existing modules. Please consult your Quality Support Officer if you have any queries.
Full guidance on the procedure for modifications, including definitions of 'minor' and 'major', is provided in the policy on Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study (PDF , 1,075kb). Complex modifications and those at programme level requiring FTLG approval should be accompanied by the modifications pro forma (MS Word , 25kb). Please note:
For further information, please see: Guidance: Managing Modules
The table below shows the key deadlines relating to programme approval, modification and withdrawal. They relate to the marketing of programmes for entry in the year given in the first column.
Records of all modifications should be kept by the Board of Studies (or Graduate School Board). UTC will examine these records at regular intervals, including at periodic review. The records may also need to be made available to external auditors e.g. the QAA and PSRBs.