School of Engineering and Physical Sciences/Combined Studies Handbook

When you registered for your course you received a copy of the Undergraduate Programme Handbook for Combined Studies – this is an extremely important document which you should read and retain for future reference.

Part A of the handbook contains information that is specific to Combined Studies, describing how the programme of study is structured and delivered. It also explains what is required of you to successfully progress towards graduation in your chosen degree.

Part B of the handbook deals with University-wide policies and regulations, and provides a detailed and extremely useful Quick Finder Guide to Academic Support Services.

Appendix A and Appendix B contain important information for all students in the Student Learning Code of Practice and The Student Guide to Plagiarism respectively.

If you have any queries about any part of this document you should, in the first instance, contact your School/Department for further information or assistance.

An online copy of the Undergraduate Programme Handbook for Combined Studies can be accessed on the Virtual Learning Environment (Vision).

Combined Studies Programme Structure and Delivery

Combined Studies has three forms of its BEng, BSc and BA degrees:

Honours degrees

  • B7C1: BEng Engineering (Hons)
  • B7A1: BSc Combined Studies (Hons)
  • E2A1: BSc Combined Studies (Hons)
  • C0A1: BA Combined Studies (Hons)
  • E2B3: BA Combined Studies (Hons)

Ordinary degree

  • B7A2: BSc Combined Studies (Ord)
  • E2A2: BSc Combined Studies (Ord)
  • C0A2: BA Combined Studies (Ord)
  • E2B4 BA Combined Studies (Ord)

General Degree

  • B7B2: BSc Combined Studies (General Science)
  • B7C2, BSc Combined Studies (General Engineering)
  • B7D2, E2D2: BSc Combined Studies (General Degree)
  • C0B2, C0D2, E2B2: BA Combined Studies (General Degree)

General Degree

  • B7B2: BSc Combined Studies (General Science)
  • B7C2, BSc Combined Studies (General Engineering)
  • B7D2, E2D2: BSc Combined Studies (General Degree)
  • C0B2, C0D2, E2B2: BA Combined Studies (General Degree)

Full-time programmes comprise of eight courses, four in each of two semesters. Progression to the next stage of a programme, or to graduate, is subject to meeting the progression or graduation requirements.

Students may transfer from Combined Studies at various stages of the academic year by the completion of a transfer form and discussion between appropriate staff from Combined Studies and the recipient subject group.

2016/17 Session Dates
Date Event
5 - 9 September 2016 Welcome Week
12 September – 2 December 2016 Semester 1 teaching
5 – 16 December 2016 Semester 1 exams
19 December 2016 – 6 January 2017 Semester 1 break
9 January – 31 March 2017 Semester 2 teaching
3 – 21 April 2017 (Easter: 16 April) Semester 2 break
24 April – 19 May 2017 Semester 2 exams
22 May – 11 August 2017 Dissertation work / Revision
16 June 2017 (Scottish Borders Campus) Graduations
20 – 23 June 2017 (Edinburgh Campus) Graduations
3 – 11 August 2017 Resits
16 – 17 November 2017 Graduations

University Information

The Academic Registry is responsible for providing information and assistance on University Policies and Support services.

The University publishes extensive policy and reference information on its website that may be of use and of interest to students through the programme of their studies at Heriot-Watt University.

Details of academic policies and procedures can be accessed via:

http://www1.hw.ac.uk/committees/ltb/ltb-policies.htm

Details of Ordinances and Regulations can be accessed via:

http://www1.hw.ac.uk/ordinances/