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Education Quality and Policy Office


(page last reviewed 7 Oct 2022)

In all cases, Faculties and Departments should discuss new courses with their EQPO liaison officer at the earliest possible point.

For new postgraduate research courses, please contact the Postgraduate Research Team in the first instance for advice, a new course form and information about the approval process.

All new taught courses which will lead to a qualification or award of the University (including sub-degree awards) and will be included in Statutes and Ordinances, must be formally approved by the Academic Standards and Enhancement Committee before they can be advertised. Some courses will require approval by General Board’s Education Committee or General Board: your EQPO liaison officer will advise.

Faculties and Departments must provide evidence of consultation with academic experts who are external to the University (such as External Examiners), with their students and (for matriculated undergraduate courses) with Colleges (for a new course in a cognate subject area, this may be with existing Directors of Studies; for entirely new subjects, this may be with the Senior Tutors’ Education Committee in the first instance: EQPO will advise).


Faculties and Departments are also strongly advised to discuss course development plans at an early stage with:

Faculties and Departments developing new courses are expected to take due regard of the following regulatory, advice and guidance documents:

Further guidance is available for the following areas:

  • Key principles and definitions when developing course educational aims and learning outcomes
  • Guidance on working with educational partners, or organisations outside the University who may be involved in delivering the course
  • Assessment practices, expectations and types of assessment.

Contact your EQPO Liaison Officer to discuss any of the above.


Faculties and Departments should complete the New Course Approval form. Courses involving a collaborative element with a partner institution should complete both the New Course Approval Form and the Collaborative Education Form.  Postgraduate courses with collaborative elements should also review our Framework for Collaborative Provision of Postgraduate Education.  

The indicative process is set out below for postgraduate taught courses. New undergraduate non-matriculated courses follow a similar path. New Triposes, or other matriculated undergraduate courses will require review and endorsement from the Senior Tutors’ Committee and therefore the approval process is more complex and the publication of the undergraduate prospectus is further in advance than the postgraduate prospectus. Faculties and Departments intending to introduce a new Tripos should discuss with EQPO as soon as possible.

It is good practice to submit a draft version of the paperwork for feedback from the Academic Standards and Enhancement Committee prior to approval being sought.


All new undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses
The final meeting of Academic Standards and Enhancement Committee where approval may be sought for new courses during 2022/23 is 26 April 2023.  The start date of these courses will vary depending on type, but may be no earlier than the 2024 academic year.

Paperwork must be submitted to your EQPO liaison officer no later than 5 April 2023.