Organization and examination rules

The degree is conferred on the basis of course credits, a Master’s thesis and the defence of the thesis. Candidates must obtain at least a Pass mark (Aprobado) in every component in order to be awarded the degree. Any component for which a candidate receives a Fail may be retaken in the following year, unless the candidate is excluded from the programme by a decision of the competent authority. A candidate must normally pass all the taught courses before being allowed to proceed to writing the thesis. In exceptional cases, the Scientific Director may allow a candidate to proceed to writing the thesis if a course has been missed or failed, but the candidate must complete the missing course credit(s) the following year in order to be awarded the degree. The grades for one or more courses may be withheld by the Institute, so that the candidate may not be able to graduate, if the student has not fulfilled his/her financial obligations to the Institute or to the UPV/EHU.


The taught part of the programme consists of different two-week courses plus the Thesis Seminar with a total of 40 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit is considered equivalent to 25 hours of coursework including supervisions, seminars, readings, discussions and preparation of papers and exams. Lectures and seminars are usually held everyday from Monday to Friday, but this may vary due to technical imperatives such as the coincidence with some special event, or corresponding visiting faculty travel needs. The first course starts on Monday, 26th September, and will be held from 10: to 12:00 CET. The Scientific Director together with the Master programme coordination team (MCT)  has suggested to all professors to stick to this time, as that allows for online participation (i.e. attendance of the live streaming) of the students across all time zones. Professors are also advised to enable 1.5 hours each day for student consultation, which can take place, if possible, presentially, or online, e.g. via the IISL ZOOM account.

Absences and late submission

Attendance is mandatory and participation a must. Students are expected to attend all lectures and seminars, and special sessions, study the assigned readings, and submit coursework in due time and form, and participate in all courses. Students are also expected to attend classes on time, and instructors are entitled to impose a penalty for persistent late attendance. Any absence for any reason must be explained to the course teacher and MCTtor, preferably in advance (e.g. by email). A course teacher can penalise, including giving a Fail grade, any student who fails to attend or participate in a course. Students will be required to explain extended absences to the Scientific Director, and to provide evidence as to the reason for their absence (e.g. a medical certificate).

Assessments for each of the taught courses is due on the Saturday immediately following the conclusion of the course at 23:00 pm. Late submission of course essays may be penalised by the course teacher. Students who are absence from seminars or fail to submit assessment for good reason (e.g. illness) may be able to submit an alternative piece of assessment with the agreement of the Scientific Director.


Students  who  obtain  credits  for  some  or  all  required  courses,  but  whose  Master’s  thesis   is   not submitted or not approved, will be certified to have completed the course  work  of  the  programme with the relevant number of ECTS obtained. Students who fail one or more courses may at the end of the teaching period ask for a certificate for those courses that they have successfully passed and those ECTS they have accumulated.

Students’ and Teachers’ Evaluation of the Programme

At the end of their course, lecturers will be asked to give an overall assessment of the programme   and of each student. Students will be asked to provide an anonymous evaluation of lecturers and an evaluation of the programme as a whole at the end of the course. The Master/Student committee of the IISL and the academic committee for the Master’s will analyse these evaluations and recommend appropriate improvements.


The Scientific Director deals with cases of students’ misbehaviour that occur outside the classroom and serious misbehaviour in class. He/she can decide on an appropriate sanction. This may – in  severe cases and after consultation with the students’ representatives – include requiring a student to move out of the Residence or expelling the student from the Masters’ programme.

Research Ethics

Research for the Master Thesis must comply with the ISA Code of Ethics (http://www.isa- Consideration of ethical issues must be included in the draft Outline of the thesis, and where relevant, should be discussed within the final version of the Master's Thesis

Good Academic Practice, and Plagiarism

All written work submitted must comply with normal standards of good academic practice,  especially as regards use and citation of sources. All sources must be properly cited, and any quotations must be clearly marked as such. Failure to mark quotations or cite sources may be treated as plagiarism (passing off the work of another as one´s own). Sanctions for bad academic practice or plagiarism include deduction of marks, failing the course, or expulsion from the Master’s. A teacher or examiner who identifies or suspects bad academic practice or plagiarism should report the matter to the Scientific Director, who may investigate by any means considered appropriate. If a prima facie case is found, the student will be notified of the details and given an opportunity to explain; the student may be accompanied by a friend or adviser. The decision on the mark to be awarded or penalty will be taken by the Scientific Director, and reported to the Board of Examiners.


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