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Programme Approval, Update and Withdrawal for Taught Programmes

If you are looking for PostGraduate Research Programme Approval, please click here.


The Admissions Steering and Strategy Committee has resolved that the key material areas of the curriculum need to be in a fixed state at an earlier point so that we can make offers sooner and send key information with those offers.

Sunject to any adjustments being made by the Admissions Steering and Strategy Committee, the 2020-21 deadlines for material changes and minor non-material changes for 2022 entry are set out below, as too is the deadline for upload of programme specifications with or without material changes.  Proposals should be submitted to the relevant College committee for endorsement in time to meet the deadlines.  A full list of PASC dates for 2020-21 can be found on the PASC web page. Please note these are the final University deadlines and Programme directors should liaise with the College Quality Officer regarding College deadlines and to plan which committee to aim for.

New Programme Approval

To allow adequate time for advertising and recruitment to both UG and PG programmes, it has been agreed that full approval should be completed a year in advance of the expected delivery date to allow for programmes to be set up and offers made.   New programme approval deadlines/timelines will now be in line with those for curriculum changes.  For 2022 entry, new programmes must have College and University sign off by 11th June 2021 and Programme Specifications uploaded to SITS via MAP by 31st August 2021. 

Material changes for 2022 entry




5 May 2021

Deadline for submission of documentation to PASC Secretary. This includes proof of endorsement by
College/School Learning and Teaching Committee (or other College approval committee e.g. QSC/CDSC)
and Student Consulations (if the changes affect current Students)

19 May 2021

Final PASC meeting at which consideration of material changes for 2022 will take place

4 June 2021

Action any conditions set by PASC

11 June 2021

Approval by PASC Chair’s Action (if not already approved at the PASC meeting)

31 August 2021

Upload the amended Programme Specification via MAP to the applicable year of entry i.e. 2022/23

Minor non-material changes for 2022 entry



11 June 2021

Approval by College Learning and Teaching Committee (or other College approval Committee e.g. QSC/CDSC)

31 August 2021

Upload the amended Programme Specification via MAP to the applicable year of entry i.e. 2022/23

No material changes to Programme Specifications



31 August 2021

Upload the amended Programme Specification via MAP to the applicable year of entry i.e. 2022/23


Other University Deadlines

 Activity  Deadline
 UCAS Application Deadline (for September 2021 Start Programmes)

 January 2021 (all programmes apart from Medicine)
 October 2020 (Medicine)

 Inclusion in 2022 PG Prospectus  April 2021
 Inclusion in 2023 UG Prospectus  October 2021
 KIS/Unistats deadline (for September 2022 start programmes)  August 2021

It is the expectation that all proposals are reviewed through a full PASC meeting.  In exceptional circumstances additional approval methods may be agreed in discussion with the PASC Chair.

For programmes with non-standard entry dates, which are not part of the UCAS entry/admissions cycle, the approval schedule will need to be adjusted accordingly. Please click here for deadlines.

Transition to 15/30 credit structure

ULTC Approved Process for UG and PG Taught Programme transition to 15/30 credit structure, May 2018

The process outlines timelines and documentation requirements for new and existing programmes transitioning to the 15/30 credit structure plus advice on applying for exemptions (permanent and temporary from the new structure) and non-standard intakes and withdrawals.

Programme Approval and Modification

This section is applicable to all new programmes from 13 February 2017and any programme modification or withdrawal from 02 March 2017.

This page provides information for all taught degrees. For research programmes please click here.

Briefing notes:

Briefing slides on the new process for approval of new programmes can be found here.

Changes from 2020/21


New Programmes:

Programme Modifications:

Programme Withdrawals:

Supporting Documentation:

Guidance on writing learning outcomes:

Module Descriptor Guidance: 

Further guidance:  

Programme Approval Steering Committe Management and Dissemination of information:


Below is a Exemplar of First Filter with Supporting Evidence:

For enquiries about the Programme Approval and Modification process, please contact Belinda Cross.

If you have difficulties accessing any of these materials, please contact Steve Jones.