Programme Design, Development and Approval Process

The process for programme design, development and approval is contained within the Quality Assurance and Enhancement chapter of Lancaster University's Manual of Academic Regulations and Procedures (MARP).

Formal Approval is required for all new taught programmes and modules (including research degrees with a taught element) and any revisions to programmes and modules (including withdrawal of a programme).

Guidance on revisions to programmes and modules‌ , giving definitions of changes and processes to be followed for each type of change is available.

Course Approvals and Information Tool

The University has an online Course Approvals and Information Tool (CAIT) which is used for the approval of new programmes and modules and for the revision of existing programme and modules. User guidance is provided via the help icons throughout the tool and a user manual.

Curriculum and Assessment Mapping

The curriculum and assessment mapping templates are key programme documents and should be completed alongside the CAIT proposal when developing new programmes of study. They should also be used when reviewing the impact of module and programme changes (and amended where these changes impact on the template information). Curriculum and Assessment Mapping guidance is available‌.

Templates are provided for:


If you should have any questions relating to programme design, development and approval, please contact your Faculty Quality Assurance and Enhancement Manager (QAEM) in the first instance. Any queries can also be directed to the Academic Standards and Quality Team.