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From November 2018, students on CeFiMS MSc programmes will be able to follow an updated programme structure, with new 30-credit modules rather than the current 22.5-credit module model.

What's different about the new modules?

  • To complete your MSc, you can now study six modules instead of eight.
  • You will have 10 weeks to complete each module instead of eight.
  • Assessments will be more in-depth and will carry greater credit value.

The total cost and duration of your programme remains unchanged, however there will now be four 10-week study sessions, giving you two extra weeks to work on your assignments. These written assignments are worth 15% each, with a written examination worth 70% of the module mark.

What do I need to do?

Current students don't have to do anything – you can choose to complete your programme on the current model. Programme structures and study calendars for existing programmes are available here.

You can also transfer to the new structure and combine new 30-credit modules with short bridging modules to achieve the 180 credits required for an MSc programme.

How do I transfer?

You can transfer to the new programmes at any point in your studies by completing a Programme transfer form.

Most students will also have to complete a bridging module – a short assessment worth either 7.5 or 15 credits – to make up any shortfall in credits.

Please note that not all students will need to complete a bridging module in order to transfer. You will not need to do this if your current credits are already a multiple of 30 (4 × 22.5).

Use the chart below to see how many credits you currently hold, and what additional modules you would need to complete.

What you need to complete your programme

The chart below illustrates the combination of modules you will need to study to reach 180 credits and complete your Master's programme. Each pathway is based on the number of modules you have already completed (indicated on the left-hand side of the chart).

1 22.5 30 30 30 30 30 7.5
2 22.5 22.5 30 30 30 30 15
3* 22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 30 30 30
4 22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 30 30 30
5 22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 30 30 7.5
6 22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 30 15
Module credit values key
30 credits 22.5 credits 15 credits 7.5 credits

* if you have taken three 22.5-credit modules you will need to take an additional 22.5-credit module before you can transfer to the new structure.

When can I transfer?

You can transfer at any time during the academic year. However, you must have completed any outstanding assignments for your current modules if you wish to transfer their credits to the new structure. Once you have been transferred to the new structure, you will be able to enrol in the next available session.

To initiate your transfer, please complete a Programme transfer form.

For more information about these changes and how they might affect you, and to discuss your transfer options, please get in touch: cefimsadmin@soas.ac.uk