Programme Design, Development and Approvals Process

The process for programme design, development and approval is contained within the Course Design, Development and Approval 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.

Guidance on the discontinuation of existing programmes can be found below:

Course approvals process for the discontinuation of existing programmes

Discontinuation of existing programme form

Staff in academic departments are encouraged to discuss any issues of principle or concern, or any particularly innovative or complex proposals, with Faculty Associate Deans, Faculty Quality Assurance and Enhancement Managers and/or members of the Academic Quality, Standards and Conduct (AQSC) team as early as possible in the design and development process.

For advice and guidance on curriculum design and development please visit the Curriculum Design OED webpage.