Why introduce a four-year degree programme?
Following liaison with various academics, professional services and
stakeholders across the institution and feedback from students, QMUL was able
to conclude that module mapping was one of the biggest institutional barriers
to outward student mobility.
Under the previous study abroad format, departments spent considerable
time module mapping – an exercise where every department had to ensure strict
compatibility between QMUL and international modules. This also included a complicated
grade conversion procedure. For example, many STEM subjects have rigid
undergraduate programmes that require students to take specific modules. These
limitations often had a negative impact on student experience and were an
unnecessary administrative burden to staff.
Increased take up in study abroad
The incorporation of 100 new four-year degree programmes provided
students with a greater choice of modules during their year abroad. More
students selected modules outside of their immediate field; allowing them to
development new ideas and skills.
The project was led by the Academic Lead for Outward Mobility and the
Global Opportunities Office. It was created in collaboration with various
stakeholders, including the registry, finance, and academic departments. Following successful pilots in key departments,
the programme was rolled out across QMUL over the 2017-18 academic year.
It was important to communicate clearly and consult broadly across the
institution. Discussions in a task and finish group and support from senior
management ensured the smooth implementation of the programmes. After the
successful introduction, QMUL is looking to roll out even more four-year programmes
across the university.
The institutional focus is to build on this and improve student access to
these opportunities; with an ambition to allocate more resources to widening participation
in outward mobility.
new degrees have proven popular, with over 200 students registered on the
programmes in 2017-18.
departments have seen a decrease in time spent module mapping.
The introduction of the new degrees has served to boost
interest in outward mobility, with a rise in students seeking information about
Three tips from QMUL for universities looking
to introduce a four-year degree programme:
1. Collaboration is fundamental to success.
a strong narrative that is applicable to the whole institution.
the scheme before applying it across the entire university.