Regulations for Master's degree preparation at the multi-tier higher education system of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Order of the Cabinet of Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Master’s degrees preparation
In accordance with the paragraph 30 of the Education Law, the Cabinet of Ministries is hereby ordered as follows:
Approve Regulations for Master's degree preparation at the multi-tier higher education system of the Republic of Azerbaijan submitted by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan (attached). 
Prime-Minister of
Republic of Azerbaijan
February 13, 1997

Regulations for Master's degree preparation (magistracy) at the multi-tier higher education system of the Republic of Azerbaijan
I. General provisions
1.1. The magistracy is the second stage of higher education at the multi – tier higher education system. It main goal is to prepare specialists with the ability to work independently in the specified specialty. 
1.2. Masters’ degree program is prepared according to the “List of directions specialties of higher education” by taking into account the future activity of the specialist in the scientific-research related works, and the further development of the bachelor’s degree program.   
II. Beginning of masters preparation
2.2. Master’s degree preparation is conducted by higher education establishments with high qualified scientific – pedagogical personnel, contemporary training and scientific – research laboratories, classrooms, rich scientific libraries, training, experimental and industrial fields, scientific – research institutions on specialties and directions approved by the Cabinet of Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
2.2. The consent to open a magistracy at universities, regardless of their type of ownership and subordination, is issued by the Cabinet of Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan based on the presentation made by the Ministry of Education, and the consent for master’s degree preparation on particular specialty and direction issued by the Ministry of Education based on the presentation made by the higher education establishment.  
III. Conditions ensuring the masters preparation at education establishments
3.1. At least 50 per cent of total scientific – pedagogical personnel of the university conducting the personnel training for the magistracy, and 5 staff on specialty training should have a Science degree.
3.2. In order to be granted the right to hold a master’s degree preparation the higher education establishments with two and three tier system shall:
- establish a graduation course on the first education level (baccalaureate) programmes that will provide a master’s degree preparation;
- satisfy all requirements for the master’s degree preparation;
- have working training plans on the relevant Master’s preparation programmes;
- have working programmes of disciplines studied at each master’s degree programmes;
- establish a material and technical base (training and research laboratories, equipments, and information provision) responded to the contemporary requirements.
3.3. Conditions ensuring the content of master’s training at the higher education establishment:
- Existence of sufficient number of learning materials determined at the working programs of disciplines on master’s training programs;
- Existence of contemporary national and international information networks and database connection at higher education establishments, and opening a sufficient number of workplaces.
3.4. Indicators on topics of Masters programmes at study directions of the magistracy for the last 5 years:
- A vast majority of scientific – research works implemented in the Masters programmes should consist fundamental and research works;
- Supervisors of Master’s degree students should conduct scientific researches on specialties; their scientific conclusions in this field should be published in the republican or foreign magazines, and in the materials of national and international conferences, symposiums, sessions and congresses.   
In order to take part in the teaching processes the supervisor of Master students:
- should be an author of student books (or learning materials) on Masters Programme or scientific works (researches);
- should teach at least one of the main or specialty course on the Masters teaching programme.
IV. Acceptance to the Master’s degree level and Masters training definition
4.1. Individuals successfully graduating from one of the main specialty programmes of the higher education and granting a diploma on higher education have a right to study at the magistracy level; 
High educated individualsnot having a bachelor diploma on specialty wishing to study at magistracy should fulfil academic requirements for the Bachelor preparation in accord with this specialty.  
4.2. Rules for admission to the contest for a Master’s degree and conduction of the contest are defined in accordance with the Education Act, the current Regulations, “Regulation on higher education establishment” and other legislative acts, as well as regulation of the higher education establishment. The rules are approved by the Ministry of Education.  
4.3. The annual admission to the magistracy at the expense of the state on specified directions and specialties is determined 20 per cent of students graduated from the bachelor level of this direction and specialty.
4.4. Individuals wishing to study at magistracy should submit documents on the list determined by the higher education establishment.
The admission to the magistracy is executed by the order of the rector of higher education establishment reflected the direction of the education, specialty and supervisor.
4.5. The Masters training at higher education establishment is provided on a free of charge or paid basis previously agreed in the prescribed order. State and non- state higher education establishments are provided the masters training in accordance with the Regulations on the higher education establishments.
V. General requirements for Masters programme
5.1. Masters programme consists of bachelor program on relevant specialties and the second level program included teaching and scientific- research works defined approximately the equal comparison with him. The teaching part of the programme included disciplines and sections, as well as foreign language and specialty disciplines. The content of scientific – research works of students is defined by individual plan (Appendix 1).
5.2. Study at magistracy is implemented separately from work. The normative period for Masters Study is defined by the relevant state standards and determined 1.5-3 years based on the specialty.
5.3. The supervision over the study of student at magistracy is provided by the supervisor working at the same higher education establishment, with scientific degree or title, and meeting requirement of Paragraphs 3.4. and 3.5. of the Regulation based on an individual plan of the student, In the case if the Master’s programme is implemented in connection with different directions (specialties) the scientific councillor may be appointed along with the supervisor.
The overall supervision over the scientific and teaching parts of Master’s programme is implemented by representatives of teaching personnel with the scientific title or degree. One supervisor may supervise no more than five students.
5.4. The priority within the Master’s programme training should be given to the active independent work of student. Therefore, his teaching load throughout the study period should be on average 12-20 hours per week. In order to implement the control over the individual teaching plan of student the different attestations on disciplines (tests, examinations till the defence, etc.) are conducted. There no limit for the quantity of tests during all period of the Master’s programme study (implementation), and overall number of examinations should be 6-10.  
5.5. Methodical recommendations on structure and content of Master Programmes are carried out by relevant bodies of the Scientific Methodical Councils of the Ministry of Education.

VI. Masters Final (graduation) Attestation
6.1. The thesis defence (Masters Dissertation) and final examination, including the specialty examination are held at the last semester of the Magistracy.
6.2. The Master’s Dissertation is the independent scientific- research and practical – constructor work implemented under the direction of the supervisor (in some cases councillors). The defence of the dissertation is conducted at the meetings of Specialized Councils established by the decision of the Scientific Council of the education establishment. The procedures for the establishment of Specialized Councils are defined by the Ministry of Education.
6.3. The higher education establishments with a right to held Masters training are granted Masters Specialty and degree to individuals carried out the individual plan on Masters Programme and State Patterns Masters Diploma in a single form. 
Moreover, graduates of master’s programme are granted an Appendix, i.e. an extract from the student's record book reflecting the topic of Masters Thesis.