Senate Regulations

View or download Senate Regulations. The regulations contain rules and important information about being a student at the University. They are approved by the Senate of the University.

The regulations are part of the formal contract between you and the University. Familiarise yourself with relevant sections at the start of your studies and then consult the regulations at appropriate intervals during your studies.
View our Quick Guide to Regulations for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students

Regulation Contents
Introduction to Senate Regulations
Senate Regulation 1

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing minimum entry qualifications and language requirements for taught programmes of study (PDF)

  • General entrance requirements for undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes of study
  • English language requirements for admission to a programme of study
Senate Regulation 2

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing admission and registration for taught programmes (PDF)

Regulations relating to:

  • Associate Students
  • Admission to programmes of study
  • Registration procedures
  • Transfers
  • Suspension, withdrawal and resumption of studies
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning
Senate Regulation 3

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing fees (PDF)

Senate Regulation 4

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing student obligations (PDF)

  • Attendance and Religious Observance
  • Attendance Monitoring
  • Neglect of academic obligations
  • Employment
  • International student obligations
  • Ethical Approval of student work
Senate Regulation 5

Regulations governing undergraduate programmes of study

  • Composition of degree programmes
  • Rules of Progression
  • Awards and classification
  • Borderline candidates

Senate Regulation 5 for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 or later. Students undertaking a repeat first year in 2018/19 should also consult these regulations.

Students who commenced their studies before 2018/19 should consult the Senate Regulation 5 in place for 2017/18

The Adobe Acrobat (PDF) 2015-16 version of Senate Regulation 5 (PDF) is available for reference purposes

Senate Regulation 6

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing taught postgraduate programmes of study (PDF)

  • Programme structure
  • Modules
  • Re-assessment
  • Progression requirements
  • Criteria for awards
  • Classification of awards

Senate Regulation 6 above was approved by Senate in July 2015 applies for taught postgraduate students who began their studies in August 2015 or later. Students who commenced their studies between September 2012 and July 2015 are assessed under the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations in place during that period.

The Regulations governing students who commenced their studies before the commencement of the 2012/13 academic year are available from the Quality Office upon request.

Senate Regulation 7

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing the assessment of taught programmes (PDF)

  • Internal Examining (see also guidance below)
  • External Examining
  • Panels and Boards of Examiners
  • Late submission of coursework (updated August 2017)
  • Mitigating circumstances (updated August 2017)
  • Disability and long term conditions
  • Publication of results
  • Conferral and certification of awards

Note. This version of Senate Regulation 7 was approved by Senate in July 2017 and applies from August 2017. Consult the previous version of Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Senate Regulation 7 [updated April 2017] (PDF) for mitigating circumstances processes applicable to 2016/17 assessments, including reassessments in September 2017.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Guidance on marking moderation (PDF) is available to assist staff in meeting the requirements of Senate Regulation 7 relating to internal examining. The Guidance was approved by the Academic Policy Committee in May 2015.

Senate Regulation 8

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing examinations (PDF)

  • Registration for examinations and examination timetable
  • Setting examination papers and security
  • Invigilation
  • Conduct during examinations
  • Alternative examination arrangements
  • Use of calculators and dictionaries
Senate Regulation 9

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing Research Degree Programmes (PDF)

  • Admission and Selection
  • Registration
  • Induction and Training
  • Supervision of Research Students
  • Progress Review Monitoring
  • Research Student Obligations and Research Conduct
  • Thesis Submission
  • Thesis Examination

Appendix One - Regulations Governing Research Degree by Published Work Programmes

Appendix Two - Regulations Governing Higher Doctorate Programmes

Appendix Three - Regulations Governing Professional Doctorate Programmes

Senate Regulation 10

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing academic appeals (PDF)

  • Procedure for the consideration of appeals against the decision of a Board of Examiners or another academic body responsible for decisions on student assessment, progression and award.

Note: These regulations apply for all students on taught or research degrees from September 2015.  The version of Senate Regulation 10 which was in force during the 2014/15 academic year can be found here.

Senate Regulation 11

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing student discipline (PDF)

Senate Regulation 12

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Regulations governing student complaints (PDF)

  • Procedure for the consideration of formal student complaints concerning both the academic and non-academic services of the University.

Note: These regulations apply for all students on taught or research degrees

Senate Regulations are issued on a rolling rather than annual basis.
If you have any queries relating to the operation of these regulations, please contact the Quality Office (, or 0116 252 2605) for advice.

Other useful policies

There are a number of additional policies relating to your studies at the University of Leicester that you should familiarise yourself with.

Archive of General Regulations for Taught Programmes

These regulations were issued on an annual basis.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) 2011/12 (706KB) | Adobe Acrobat (PDF) 2010/11 (531KB) | Adobe Acrobat (PDF) 2009/10 (654KB) | Adobe Acrobat (PDF) 2008/09 (495KB)

Archive of Regulations for Research Degree Programmes

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) 2012-13 (598KB) | Adobe Acrobat (PDF) 2013-14 (519KB)

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