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Management regulations for master's degrees

Chapter III. Teaching and grading

Management Regulations for University Master’s Degrees

Article 19.- Assessment and Grading.

1.- The level of learning achieved by students in each subject in the syllabus is expressed in terms of numerical grades on a scale of 0 to 10, to one decimal point. Numerical grades may be accompanied by the corresponding qualitative grade:

  • a) 0.0 to 4.9 Suspenso - Fail (SS)
  • b) 5.0 to 6.9 Aprobado - Pass (AP)
  • c) 7.0 to 8.9 Notable - Merit (NT)
  • d) 9.0 to 10 Sobresaliente - Distinction (SB)

One in every twenty (or fraction thereof) students may also pass a subject ‘with Honours’. This distinction may be bestowed on only one student per subject, regardless of the number of groups.

Assessment criteria for the different subjects are outlined in the corresponding Master’s reports, and are approved during the Master’s verification process.

2.- The grades published in the subject records must be signed by the faculty member in charge of said subject, and by the person responsible for the Master’s degree under who’s academic management the subject was taught. Subject records may not contain any amendments, deletions or corrections. In the event of any amendment, deletion or correction, the records must be completed and expressly signed by the individuals indicated above.

3.- Grades will be published through the computer application established for this purpose by the UPV/EHU, in the place set aside for each Master’s degree, with the date of publication being set in accordance with the deadlines established in article 19 of these regulations.

4.- The following conditions apply to those Master's degrees which result in graduates being eligible to practice a regulated profession:

  • Six assessment calls will be issued per subject.
  • Students may reject an assessment call. If they do so, said examination will not count towards their degree.
  • The Master's Degree Academic Commission must indicate the way in which students may reject assessment calls.
  • Fifth, sixth and any exceptional calls shall be assessed by an examination panel in accordance with the rules established by the Governing Board.
  • 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.
  • 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 made by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country, who must, to this end, assess the academic transcript and other circumstances relative to the student in question.
  • Students who have unsuccessfully exhausted all opportunities to pass a subject will not be permitted to continue with the course of study they have undertaken at this University.

To give students an opportunity to pass all the subjects taught in the rest of the Master’s degrees run by the UPV/EHU, four assessment calls will be issued per subject (two per academic year). Those subjects classed as Not Sat shall be taken into account when calculating the number of attempts made.

This does not apply to students deemed to be in any of the following circumstances:

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

5.- Once the records are complete, they are sent to the Secretariat of the Faculty responsible for the Master’s within one month of the date of finalisation.

Article 20.- Grade review.

The first step in the procedure for reviewing grades is a direct appeal from the student to the faculty member responsible for teaching the subject or academic activity. The second step involves the Academic Commission of the Master’s degree.

The appeal will be resolved and the student notified within a maximum period of 1 month from the day after the appeal was lodged.

In the event of their appeal being denied by the Academic Commission of the Master’s degree, students may lodge an appeal with the Dean or the person in charge of the Faculty running the Master’s degree. In the event of the Faculty also denying their appeal, the student may, within a period of one month from the date of notification, have recourse to the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country.

The decision adopted by the Vice Chancellor will be definitive and will conclude the administrative proceedings.