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  • School of Engineering

    and Materials Science

    (SEMS)

    Taught Postgraduate

    Handbook

    2018/19

  • SEMS Taught Postgraduate Handbook 2018/19 Page 2

    This handbook is for all taught postgraduate students in all Engineering and Materials

    Science Programmes. This handbook should be used together with the Academic Regulations and

    http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/. This handbook provides information specific to the

    School of Engineering and Materials Science, while http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/

    gives information common to all students at Queen Mary. The Academic Regulations

    provide detailed information on progression, award and classification requirements.

    Nothing in this handbook overrides the Academic Regulations, which always take

    precedence. The Academic Regulations are available online at:

    http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/

    The information in this handbook is correct as of 1st September 2018. In the unlikely event

    of substantial amendments to the material, the School of Engineering and Materials Science

    will inform you of the changes.

    Queen Mary cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of information given

    in third party publications or websites referred to in this handbook.

    http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/ http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/ http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/

  • SEMS Taught Postgraduate Handbook 2018/19 Page 3

    Contents

    Introduction by the Head of School ............................................................................................... 4

    SEMS Office Opening Hours for Students ...................................................................................... 5

    Key Dates .......................................................................................................................................... 5

    School Office Location & Contact Details....................................................................................... 6

    School Information and Facilities ................................................................................................... 7

    Communications .............................................................................................................................. 8

    Contacts ............................................................................................................................................ 9

    Starting the Year ............................................................................................................................ 11

    Study Requirements ...................................................................................................................... 16

    Coursework .................................................................................................................................... 19

    Exams .............................................................................................................................................. 25

    Religious Observance and Study................................................................................................... 32

    Student Support ............................................................................................................................. 33

    Safety Regulations ......................................................................................................................... 36

    SEMS Staff Charter ......................................................................................................................... 38

    SEMS Student Charter ................................................................................................................... 40

    Plagiarism Consent Form............................................................................................................... 42

    Appendix A - Glossary .................................................................................................................... 45

    Appendix B - Student Academic Engagement Policy Framework (SEMS) ................................. 50

    Appendix C – Student Services ..................................................................................................... 52

  • SEMS Taught Postgraduate Handbook 2018/19 Page 4

    Introduction by the Head of School

    I am very pleased to welcome you to the School of Engineering and Materials Science if you

    are new to QMUL - and for those continuing, may I welcome you back. The School is highly

    rated for its research in both Engineering and Materials disciplines; it is justifiably proud of

    its research led tradition.

    I hope that the School provides a friendly, accessible environment for all our students and

    we will strive to support all students in the best way possible.

    All our staff, both academic and support, are approachable and ready to help you. The

    School Office is where you will find the majority of the support staff along the same corridor

    with most of the senior academic staff who have substantial roles in the School, including

    the Senior Tutor, the Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies and the Director of Taught

    Programmes.

    In this handbook we have brought together what we hope will be an easy reference for you

    as you undertake your studies at Queen Mary. Some of this information is very specific to

    your activities in the School, but it also covers broad aspects of life at QMUL. You will find

    more detailed information on the School’s intranet site at https://admin.sems.qmul.ac.uk

    where you can also find an electronic version of this handbook.

    You are principally at University to achieve a good degree that will equip you for a range of

    different careers. Whilst you are here, however, I am sure you will also develop and broaden

    your interests. I hope therefore you will enjoy your time with us and find it exciting and

    motivating

    Prof John Stark

    Head of School

    http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/calendar/

  • SEMS Taught Postgraduate Handbook 2018/19 Page 5

    SEMS Office Opening Hours for Students

    Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm

    Key Dates

    17th September 2018 Welcome week commences

    24th September 2018 Lectures commence (start of Semester A)

    5th November 2018 Week 7 starts

    14th December 2018 Semester A finishes

    7th January 2019 Semester B starts

    18th February 2019 Week 7 starts

    9th March 2018 Deadline for applying for Special Examination Arrangements

    28th March 2019 Semester B finishes

    22nd April 2019 Revision Week starts

    1nd May 2019 Exams start

    7th June 2019 Exams finish

    7th June 2019 Deadline for submitting Extenuating Circumstances*

    26th June 2019 Provisional exam results*

    29th July 2019 Late Summer Resits start*

    9th August 2019 Late Summer Resits finish*

    23rd August 2019 Project Report submission*

    Late September 2019 Final MSc Examination Board*

    *Approximate dates, subject to confirmation

    Key QMUL dates are available on the ARCS homepage (www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk) and here:

    http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/calendar/

    Please note that coursework deadlines will be notified to you by the individual module

    organisers and you can confirm these by checking the coursework diary page in your

    student web account.

    http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/ http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/calendar/

  • SEMS Taught Postgraduate Handbook 2018/19 Page 6

    School Office Location & Contact Details

    The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS)

    3rd Floor Engineering Building

    Queen Mary University of London

    Mile End Road

    E1 4NS

    Telephone: +44(0)20 7882 8770

    Email: sems@qmul.ac.uk

    Web: https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk

    Please see below a link to the campus map:

    http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/

    mailto:sems@qmul.ac.uk https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/ http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/

  • SEMS Taught Postgraduate Handbook 2018/19 Page 7

    School Information and Facilities

    SEMS Office Opening Hours for Students are: Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm

    Location of Noticeboards, Pigeon Holes/ Coursework

    Submission Cupboard The School Noticeboard is located on the side corridor wall adjacent to the School Office

    Reception entrance. The pigeon holes for submitting Coursework are located inside the

    Coursework Submission Cupboard. This is also positioned in on the side corridor adjacent to

    the School Office Reception entrance.

    School Website The school website is: https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/

    School Intranet The school intranet is at: https://admin.sems.qmul.ac.uk/

    Availability of Reading Lists, past exam papers and

    timetabling information Reading lists for all programmes are located within QMPlus in the individual modules

    content.

    Past exam papers are also located within QMPlus and to search for them simple type in

    SEMS Exams on the QMPlus search tool.

    All timetabling information can be found at: https://timetables.qmul.ac.uk/