The Studies Committee has devolved authority from the Senate and University Committee for Quality and Standards, for approving new disciplines and programmes, and major modifications to programmes. Proposals to introduce new disciplines must be approved by the Planning and Management Executive. Schools have devolved authority to approve new and modified courses as well as minor modifications to programmes.

The approval process comprises, the completion of proposals via the Programme Approval Management System (PAMS), followed by submission to the relevant School Committee and, where appropriate, to the Studies Committee.

The procedures for approval of disciplines, programmes and courses have been revised in view of the introduction of the Student Administration Service (SAS) system in May 2010.

Section 1: Approval procedures

Please read the appropriate sections in Guidelines on the Approval of Disciplines, Programmes and Courses before submitting proposals to the Studies Committee or to School Committees.

Section 2: PAMS Guidance notes

Please refer to the guidance notes below, on how to create and modify programmes and course within PAMS.


  1. How to create a new programme proposal in PAMS (P0488)
  2. How to create a programme modification in PAMS (P0489)


  1. How to create a new course proposal in PAMS (P0490)
  2. How to create a course modification in PAMS (P0491)

For guidance on withdrawing a programme or course, please contact your School Committee Clerk. 

Note: All proposals going to the Studies Committee will not be considered unless the proposals are in PAMS.

Section 3: Curriculum structure

A series of guidance notes are available to assist Schools in the process of designing programmes to incorporate the key requirements of RAY:

  • Graduate and Postgraduate Taught Curriculum Structure Guidelines
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Structure Guidelines
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment Toolkits

Although RAY was implemented in session 2008/09, all new disciplines and programmes must incorporate the core academic objectives of RAY.

All guidelines are available from Learning & Teaching Board - Curriculum Structure Guidelines and Toolkits (internal only).