Permanence rule for university master's degree students

Article 1. Academic requirements

During their first year, students must pass 15% of the credits for which they are enrolled. If any student fails to comply with this requisite, or has exhausted the number of retake exams established for a particular subject without having passed, they may not continue with this particular line of study until a period of two years has transpired without them being enrolled on the degree course.

Article 2. Assessment calls for each subject and rejections

  • 1. The following conditions apply to those Master's degrees which result in graduates being eligible to practice a regulated profession:
    • 1.1. Six assessment calls will be issued per subject (two  examinations per academic year).
    • 1.2. Students may reject an assessment call. If they do so, said examination will not count towards their degree.
    • 1.3. The Master's Degree Academic Commission must indicate the way in which students may reject assessment calls.
    • 1.4. Fifth, sixth and any exceptional calls shall be assessed by an examination panel in accordance with the rules established to this effect.
    • 1.5. In all faculties, and for every subject in which students are sitting fifth, sixth or exceptional examinations, the panel specified in the previous point shall be established and care shall be taken to ensure that, as far as possible, the appointed lecturers are different from those responsible for correcting the previous examinations. The nominal composition of the panel shall be announced during the first term of the academic year.
    • 1.6. Once a student has sat all the permitted examinations for a specific subject, he or she may request that a single exceptional examination be called. Said request must be made in writing and addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country. The decision regarding whether or not to call an exceptional examination shall be taken by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country, who must, to this end, assess the academic file and other circumstances relative to the student in question.
  • 2. The following conditions apply to all other Master's Degree courses:
    • 2.1. Four assessment calls will be issued per subject (two  examinations per academic year).
    • 2.2. Students may reject an assessment call. If they do so, said examination will not count towards their degree.
    • 2.3. The Master's Degree Academic Commission must indicate the way in which students may reject assessment calls.
    • 2.4. Third, fourth and any exceptional calls shall be assessed by an examination panel in accordance with the rules established to this effect.
    • 2.5. On all Master's degrees, and for every subject in which students are sitting third, fourth or exceptional examinations, the panel specified in the previous point shall be established and care shall be taken to ensure that, as far as possible, the appointed lecturers are different from those responsible for correcting the previous examinations. The nominal composition of the panel shall be announced during the first term of the academic year.
    • 2.6. Once a student has sat all the permitted examinations for a specific subject, he or she may request that a single exceptional examination be called. Said request must be made in writing and addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country. The decision regarding whether or not to call an exceptional examination shall be taken by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country, who must, to this end, assess the academic file and other circumstances relative to the student in question.

Students of all Master's degrees, regardless of their teaching model (classroom-based, semi classroom-based or distance learning)  have a time limit for finishing their studies of two academic years over and above the academic years deemed necessary for earning the degree, which will vary depending on the dedication model selected (part-time or full time). 60 credits or any fraction of 60 credits is considered equivalent to 1 academic year.

Article 3. Special circumstances

Articles 1 and 2 do not apply to students deemed to be in any of the following circumstances:

  • Duly justified prolonged illness lasting more than one study term.
  • Other duly justified circumstances of force majeure.

Article 4. Composition of Examination Panels

  • 1. Panel members shall be appointed during the first term of each academic year by the Board of the Faculty running the Master's Degree course, in response to suggestions made by the Master's Degree Academic Commission.
  • 2. Panels shall be made up of three lecturers on the Master's Degree course, who, in addition to the examination result, shall also bear in mind the student's academic record and other circumstances.
  • 3. Panels and their members shall be announced during the first term of every academic year.

Article 5. Cancelling Enrolment

  • 1. If a student requests the cancellation of their enrolment and this request is granted, the effect on permanence will be same as if the student had never enrolled in the first place.
  • 2. Students may request the cancellation of their enrolment at any time up until 31 December each year.
  • 3. Enrolment shall be cancelled automatically by the University of the Basque Country if the student fails to meet any of the requirements stipulated for said enrolment.

Article 6. Procedure

  • 1. Any request stemming from the application of these rules (with the exception of that stipulated in article 2.1.1.6) should be first addressed to the Dean or Director. Should they so wish, students then have a maximum period of one month in which to file an appeal against the Dean or Director's decision with the Postgraduate Commission.
  • 2. Any request stemming from article 3 shall be addressed to the Postgraduate Commission and must have the authorisation of the Academic Commission of the corresponding Master's Degree course, as well as the authorisation of the Dean or Director of the Faculty in which the course is run.
  • 3. Any request to cancel enrolment after 31 December should be addressed to the Postgraduate Commission and must have the authorisation of the Academic Commission of the corresponding Master's Degree course, as well as the authorisation of the Dean or Director of the Faculty in which the course is run.
  • 4. In relation to that stipulated in this rule, the procedure outlined in the Law on the Legal Regime of Public Administrations and Common Administrative Procedure shall be applied.

Final Provision One

These permanence rules shall come into effect at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year and shall apply to University Master's Degree courses.

Final Provision Two

The Postgraduate Commission is authorised to establish complementary regulations to develop this rule.

Authority in the matter of any interpretation or resolution issues that may arise during the application of this rule is delegated to the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and International Relations.

Final Provision Three

The Postgraduate Commission is authorised to modify these rules in subsequent academic years.