UCD

User's Guide to the General Regulations:

2016 / 2017 Academic Session

What is a programme?

A programme is an approved course of study, the successful completion of which leads to a University award: a degree, diploma or a certificate.  The award is made when the required number of credits has been successfully completed, at appropriate levels, from approved modules, and over an appropriate period of time, and all other programme requirements have been met, as outlined in the approved programme specification (see General Regulation 3.8).

(General Regulation 3.2)  

The following table shows the credit requirements for different awards:  (General Regulation 3.1)

 


AWARD


NFQ LEVEL

AWARD TYPE*

PROGRAMME CREDIT ACCUMULATION STRUCTURE

University (Level 7) Certificate

 

7

Minor Award 20 to 40 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 20 ECTS credits at Level 1 or above
University Diploma

7

Minor Award 60 to 120 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 45 ECTS credits at Level 1 or above
Honours Bachelor Degree

8

Major Award 180 to 360 ECTS credits with a maximum of 10 Level 0 ECTS credits, and a minimum of 100 ECTS credits at Level 2 or above and a minimum of 40 ECTS credits are at Level 3 or above
University (Level 8) Certificate

8

Minor Award 20 to 40 ECTS credits, with a maximum of 10 Level 0 ECTS Credits and a minimum of 20 ECTS credits at Level 3 or above
Higher Diploma

8

Major Award 60 to 120 ECTS credits, with a maximum of 10 Level 0 ECTS credits and a minimum of 30 ECTS credits at Level 3 or above
Professional Diploma in Education

8

Major Award 60 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 30 ECTS credits at Level 3 or above
Professional Certificate

7, 8
or 9

Special Purpose Award 5 to 15 ECTS credits
Professional Diploma

7, 8
or 9

Special Purpose Award 20 to 30 ECTS credits
Certificate of Continuing Education

  6 or 7

Special purpose Award 5 to 15 ECTS credits
Diploma of Continuing Education

6 or 7

Special purpose Award 20 to 30 ECTS credits
Certificate of Continuing Professional Development

8 or 9

Supplemental Award

5 to 10 ECTS credits
Graduate Certificate

9

Minor Award 30 to 40 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 20 ECTS credits at Level 4 or above
Graduate Diploma

9

Major Award 60 to 80 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 45 ECTS credits at Level 4 or above
Masters Degree (taught)

9

Major Award 90 to 120 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 70 ECTS credits at Level 4 or above
Professional Masters Degree (taught)

9

Major Award 120 to 180 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 70 ECTS credits at Level 4 or above
Masters Degree (research)

9

Major Award A minimum of one-calendar year full-time (or equivalent part-time) of Masters-level research activity (Level 4)
Doctoral Degree (Doctor of Medicine (MD))

10

Major Award A minimum of two calendar years full-time (or equivalent part-time) of Doctoral level research activity (Level 5)
Doctoral Degree (research)

10

Major Award A minimum of three calendar years full-time (or equivalent part-time) of Doctoral level research activity (Level 5)
Doctoral Degree (professional)

10

Major Award A minimum of two calendar years full-time (or equivalent part-time) of Doctoral level research activity (Level 5)
* The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) establishes criteria for both the level and type of university awards.  “An award type may be Major, Minor, Special Purpose or Supplemental.  Major award types are the principal class(es) of awards made at each level and are characterised by a broad range of learning outcomes.  Minor award types do not have the full range of learning outcomes associated with the major award-type(s) at that level.  Special Purpose award types are made for specific, narrow purposes, while supplemental award types recognise the acquisition of additional or updated knowledge, skills and competencies.” (The Universities and the National Framework of Qualifications, National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, August 2005)