Articulation describes a formal relationship between two programmes (although not necessarily linked), normally provided by different institutions for admission with advanced standing. It can be described as a 2+2 arrangement, particularly in overseas arrangements, whereby students take two years of their degree at their home institution and then use this to enter the second year of a Queen’s degree. Proposals involving the articulation of students to final year study at Queen’s may be considered on a case by case basis.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) setting out the arrangements and standards for students to progress to year 2 or 3 of specific Queen’s programmes from specific related programmes in other institutions is required prior to the commencement of any new arrangement in which the University is involved. The authorised signatory is the Vice-Chancellor or an Institutional Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
There may be some articulation agreements which allow for both Queen’s and the partner university to award their own degrees so that the student receives two degree certificates (a double degree). In such cases, the approval process will follow the standard procedure for articulation arrangements but approval will also be required from the Educationa Committee (Quality and Standards) (ECQS). Academic Affairs should be consulted in the first instance.