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Glossary

  • academic staff: the permanent staff of the Programme; lecturers who work for the University
  • advisor: the college fellow responsible for providing additional advice to an MSc student
  • assignment: the examined part of a course or module, distributed at the end of the teaching week.
  • assignment fee: the fee charged for a subsequent assignment.
  • award: a postgraduate qualification—certificate, diploma, or MSc
  • award aim: the qualification that you are currently registered for (synonymous with student status)
  • CATS points: a measure of academic value in the UK Credit Accumulation and Transfer System; a single module is worth 15 points.
  • certificate: the base postgraduate qualification, requiring the successful completion of courses in at least four different subjects
  • college: a component of the University of Oxford; each MSc student is made a member of a college, usually Kellogg
  • course: the combination of pre-study, teaching week, and assignment, uniquely identified by subject, date, and location (synonymous with module)
  • course fee: the fee charged for attendance on a single course or module
  • diploma: the second postgraduate qualification, requiring the successful completion of courses in at least eight different subjects
  • extension: an extension to the period of study for a qualification, allowing a student more time to complete.
  • fellow: an academic staff member at a college, usually also a University lecturer.
  • Kellogg College: an Oxford college that specialises in part-time study; many of the academic staff of the programme are fellows of Kellogg.
  • level: a measure of academic achievement or advancement: e.g., first-year undergraduate level; all courses on the Programme are taught at Masters or M-level.
  • M-level: synonymous with Masters' level; the level at which CATS points are awarded for participation in the Programme.
  • Masters: the most popular postgraduate qualification, the MSc in Software Engineering; also the level at which all courses are taught
  • matriculation: the ceremony at which students are formally admitted to MSc status, and to membership of a college of the University
  • MSc: the Master of Science in Software Engineering, a degree from the University of Oxford.
  • module: the combination of pre-study, teaching week, and assignment, uniquely identified by subject, date, and location (synonymous with course)
  • module fee: the fee charged for attendance on a single course or module.
  • non-matriculated member: a student at PGCert or PGDip status, prior to transfer to MSc status and formal matriculation.
  • period of study: the time taken for a student to complete their studies, starting from the beginning of their first term.
  • pre-study: the first part of a module, reading or exercises sent out to help participants prepare for the intensive teaching week.
  • registration fee: the fee charged for registration on a postgraduate qualification
  • student status: the qualification that you are currently registered for (synonymous with award aim)
  • subject: the subject of a course or module; one of the options for study.
  • subsequent assignment: the assignment component of a later course in the same subject
  • supervisor: the member of academic staff responsible for monitoring academic progress and providing advice to a student
  • suspension of status: a gap in the period of study, granted to allow a student time to address other commitments
  • transfer: moving between two award aims, usually from PGCert to PGDip or MSc status.