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1 MASTER S DEGREE PROGRAMMES ACADEMIC REGULATIONS Article 1 Purpose 1. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (hereafter, the Institute) awards five disciplinary master s degrees corresponding to the following study programmes: Anthropology and Sociology of Development; International Law; International Economics; International History; International Relations/Political Science. 2. The Institute also awards two interdisciplinary master s degrees corresponding to the following study programmes: International Affairs; Development Studies. 3. The Master s programmes are intended to offer high-level academic training through the acquisition of knowledge and methodological tools necessary for an understanding of the area of study and the creation of personal and original pieces of work. 4. The current Academic Regulations (hereafter, the Regulations) set out the principles governing the organisation of the master s programmes. The Academic Committee of the Institute is responsible for approving the curriculum of each programme and the Internal Regulations Governing Procedures and Deadlines for Master s Degrees (hereafter, Implementation Guidelines). Article 2 Admission 1. Applicants must fulfil the following conditions: be in possession of a bachelor s degree (a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System ECTS credits) or a degree/diploma deemed to be equivalent in one or more disciplines relevant to the programme concerned, as indicated in the Internal Regulations; satisfy the other conditions, especially the language requirements, stipulated by the Institute. 2. All applicants must submit a complete application by the deadline fixed by the Institute. 3. Admission is decided by the individual Admissions Commission of each programme. 4. The Admissions Commission may use its discretion to accept or reject an applicant or to accept an applicant subject to certain conditions.

2 5. In exceptional cases a candidate who has been successfully accepted may request to be transferred to another programme. The request must reach the Direction of Studies within the first two weeks of studies. Article 3 Enrolment and registration Candidates who are accepted in a master s programme must be enrolled at the University of Geneva and registered with the Institute for the duration of their studies (including extensions or leaves of absence) Article 4 Languages The working languages of the Institute are French and English. Students are entitled to express themselves, orally and in writing, in either of these languages. Article 5 Earning a Master s Degree In order to earn a Master s Degree, each student must achieve a total of 120 ECTS credits, which will be obtained: by following the required courses and by obtaining the corresponding credits by writing and getting a dissertation accepted in accordance with the provisions and within the deadlines set hereafter. Article 6 Curriculum 1. The curriculum for each programme includes compulsory and elective courses worth a total of 90 ECTS credits or 30 credits per semester in principle, and at least 18 per semester in the first three semesters. The curriculum may also include internships or workshops. 2. The candidates in the disciplinary master s must obtain between 66 and 78 credits in their discipline of specialization, and between 12 and 24 credits in one or several complementary discipline(s). For those in the interdisciplinary master s programmes the curriculum sets the distribution of credits. 3. Each student is required to register for courses by the deadline set by the Institute. 4. If the previous training of the student so justifies it, the Direction of Studies may authorise a student to substitute certain compulsory courses for other courses worth up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits. 5. The Direction of Studies may authorise master s students to attend optional courses outside their curriculum, worth up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits over and above the credits that can be obtained by participating in an exchange semester as detailed in Article 7. These exemptions shall not exceed 12 ECTS credits, which can be obtained either within the study plan of another programme at the Institute, or in another university. Article 7 Exchange semester 1. Students granted permission to spend the third semester in another institution of higher education with which the Institute has an agreement, may request the validation of a maximum of 30 credits obtained from courses successfully attended and completed in the host institution. The equivalent ECTS credits are determined by the Direction of Studies.

3 2. In the context of specific agreements between the Institute and other academic institution, a higher number of credits can be validated. Article 8 Evaluation Procedures 1. All students work undertaken as part of a course (class, seminar, etc.), internship or workshop is subject to an evaluation in a method to be decided and announced by the relevant faculty member. 2. Assessment is based on a grade ranging from 1 to 6, with a graduation of a quarter of a point. 3. Internships and workshops will be evaluated with the indication pass or fail. 4. A student may not submit all or part of a same piece of work for several assessments. 5. A grade equal to or higher than 4 for a course or the indication pass for an internship or workshop results in the attribution of the corresponding number of credits. Once successfully completed, a course, internship or workshop may not be repeated. 6. A grade lower than 4 for a course or the indication fail for an internship or workshop or codes R (justified leave) or N (unjustified leave) do not result in the attribution of the corresponding number of credits (for more details see the Implementation Guidelines). Article 9 Dissertation 1. The dissertation consists of an original and personal piece of research. It may be written in English or in French. The organization of the dissertation and the deadlines for completion are listed in detail in the Implementation Guidelines. Failure to adhere to the procedures and deadlines will result in exclusion from the programme. 2. The dissertation is supervised by a faculty member of the Institute. Co-supervision is possible with the authorization of the Direction of Studies. 3. The dissertation will be evaluated by a jury made up of two members, the supervisor and a second reader (or the two co-supervisors if applicable). 4. The dissertation is assessed and graded. A written report evaluating the student s work accompanies the grade. 5. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 4 for the dissertation. In this case he/she will receive 30 credits. A grade lower than 4 will result in the exclusion from the Programme. Article 10 Duration of Studies 1. The statutory duration of studies is four consecutive semesters. The study cycle commences in the autumn semester. 2. Subject to exceptional circumstances of a professional or personal nature, students may petition the Direction of Studies in their application or during the first week of studies for an extension of the study period of one or two semesters.

4 3. During the course of the programme, the student may request a leave of absence for personal (e.g. maternity) or professional reasons of up to two semesters. The duly motivated request should be submitted to the Direction of Studies one month before the beginning of the semester in question, who will grant the leave after examination of the request. 4. Except in cases set in paragraphs 2 and 3 of this article, an exceptional extension of the deadline as set in paragraph 1 can only be granted by the Direction of Studies for reasons of force majeure (in particular, illness, accident) which must be duly certified. Article 11 Cheating and plagiarism 1. Any attempt or act of cheating and plagiarism duly proven by a faculty member will result in a 0 grade and can, following discussion by the Academic Committee, result in sanctions including exclusion from the Institute. The detailed terms are listed in the Internal guidelines governing citation of sources and plagiarism. 2. Cheating also includes, but is not limited to, the failure to respect the rules of organisation for an assessment or reusing all or part of a piece of personal work for which credits have already been obtained, or which has already been used to obtain a degree by presenting it as an original piece of work. 3. Plagiarism includes taking the work of a third party and presenting it as one s own, reproducing in whole or in part text, data, figures, images, etc. drawn from external sources and failing to cite the provenance, or using original thoughts by third party authors and failing to indicate the source. Article 12 Earning the degree 1. Students who have obtained the necessary 120 credits in accordance with the conditions stipulated in Articles 5 and 9, and within the deadlines stipulated under Article 10 will earn their master s degree. 2. The degree diploma is awarded by the Institute and recognised by the University of Geneva. Article 13 Elimination 1. Will be definitively excluded from the master s programme any student who: a. Does not comply with the obligation laid down in Article 3; b. Fails to meet the conditions for successful completion of the programme in accordance with Articles 5 to 9; c. Fails to respect deadlines as stipulated in Article 10; d. Fails to respect deadlines and the procedures when the punishment for failure to do so is expulsion as stipulated by the Academic Regulations and Implementation Guidelines; e. Cheats or commits an act of plagiarism, as defined by Article 11. f. Seriously violates the code of conduct of the Institute. 2. Any decision to exclude a student will be made by the Director of the Institute who will take into consideration any exceptional circumstances.

5 Article 14 Acceptance to the PhD Programme 1. Under certain conditions earning a master s degree gives access to the PhD Programme of the Institute. These conditions are stipulated in the Academic Regulations of the PhD Programme under articles 2.2 and Students enrolled in one of the master s degree programmes of the Institute may be accepted to the doctoral programme, usually within the discipline of their specialty, as of the end of their third semester of studies, as established by the Academic Regulations of the PhD Programme article 2.1 ( fast track ). The candidate must make the request in the course of the third semester. If, at the end of the third semester, he earns all the course credits required by these Regulations, and if his application is accepted, the student will begin the PhD as from the following semester, which thus becomes the first in the doctoral coursework. Article 15 Opposition and appeal 1. Any opposition to a decision resulting from the application of the Regulations must be lodged in the format and within the deadlines stipulated in the applicable regulations (currently the Règlement relatif à la procédure d'opposition au sein de l'université de Genève Regulations governing the appeals procedure within the University of Geneva dated March 16, 2009). Appeals are heard by a Commission established for this purpose. The Commission issues a notice to the intention of the authority that made the decision in question. 2. In the event of an appeal against a decision, the matter may be referred to the competent body and dealt with in the form and according to the deadlines stipulated in the Regulations cited previously. Article 16 Entry into force and transitory provisions 1. Following positive preliminary approval granted by the College of Professors, the current Academic Regulations were approved by the Foundation Board on February 25, 2011 and will enter into force on September 1, They apply to all students commencing their master s studies after the date of entry into force. 2. Students who began their master s degree in September 2010 will benefit, during the course of their third semester from the provisions of article 14.2 of these Regulations ( fast track ). 3. Students who began their master s degree in September 2009 and September 2010 may request to receive a degree with one of the new titles enumerated in article 1.1. Geneva, September 1st, 2011 Revised versions, approved by the Foundation Board on 25 May 2012, 31 May 2013 and 27 February The French-language version of this document is the authentic text.

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