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Creating a postgraduate master’s course

Term dates


If you offer postgraduate master’s courses, you need to enter 3 sets of term dates for all course years. This is so that students receive their funding payments throughout the period of their study.

The term dates you enter determine the student’s payment dates. If you do not have terms, we still need 3 terms in our system. This is because we pay students at 3 points throughout the academic year. You should create term dates that reflect the study pattern of your students. For example, you could use any holiday periods as a natural term break.

If the final course year is shorter than the rest of the course years, your term dates  should reflect that. For example, if the course duration is 15 months, the second year would be 3 months long. The last year of study still needs 3 terms regardless of the length. In this example, the 3 term dates for year 2 could be each of the 3 remaining months.

You can find further examples in the Term date scenarios section under this chapter.

You should not set the term start and end dates for a Saturday or Sunday when the course does not start or end on those days.


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