MChem, MComp, MGeoSci, MLibArts, MMath, MSci: From September 2013

Please note that the Levels of study referred to below are those used in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). 

SCOPE: The following degree classification algorithm applies to all students entering Level 4 or repeating Level 4 in full from September 2013 onwards.

This degree algorithm also applies to those students entering their degree programme directly into a higher level of study, as follows:

  • All students entering directly into Level 5 from September 2014 onwards
  • All students entering directly into Level 6 from September 2015 onwards

To qualify for one of the above awards, a student must pass 120 credits at Level 4, 120 credits at Level 5, 120 credits at Level 6 and 120 credits at Level 7.  A student with a mark between 30 and 39 in up to 45 credits in total across Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6 modules (with no more than 30 credits at any one of those levels of study), as well as a mark between 40 and 49 in up to 35 credits in Level 7 modules after the maximum allowed assessment attempts have taken place will be deemed to have satisfied the academic requirements of the course and be awarded the credit for that module, providing he/she has not failed any additional modules at that level of study.  This is referred to as module condonement, but will not be applied where the module result is a qualified fail, where one or more assessment components within the module have not been completed to a specified standard.

A student’s degree classification will be calculated as follows:

FIRST CLASS HONOURS

A weighted average module mark of at least 70%;

OR a weighted average module mark of at least 67% AND at least 60 Level 7 credits all gained from modules with a mark of 70 or higher;

SECOND CLASS HONOURS (Division I)

A weighted average module mark of at least 60%;

OR a weighted average module mark of at least 57% AND at least 60 Level 7 credits all gained from modules with a mark of 60 or higher;

SECOND CLASS HONOURS (Division II)

A weighted average module mark of at least 50%;

OR a weighted average module mark of at least 47% AND at least 60 Level 7 credits all gained from modules with a mark of 50 or higher;

 

DEFINITIONS:

Weighted average module mark: the sum of 20% of the average module mark obtained at Level 5, 30% of the average module mark obtained at Level 6 and 50% of the average module mark obtained at Level 7.

Module: a 15 CATS-credit unit.

NOTES:

(a)  For students repeating a year of study at Level 5, 6 or 7 it will be the marks achieved for modules taken in the repeat year that will be used in the classification.

(b)  Only students who satisfy the examiners in terms of the programme requirements for progression to Level 7 set out in 1F11.1 will be offered re-assessment of failed Level 6 modules capped at 40%.

(c)  Students failing to meet the criteria for a Integrated Masters award as set out in 13.B.1 will be awarded with the appropriate Bachelor's degree award attained at Level 6 under Regulation 1A.