How is my final degree classification calculated?

Undergraduate

In awarding a degree classification, the Programme Board of Examiners will normally use a combined average numeric grade which has been determined by taking:

The average numeric grade of the best 90 credits at Level 6 or higher – (weighted at 75%)

plus

The average numeric grade of the best remaining 90 credits at Level 5 or higher – (weighted at 25%)

  • For a first class Honours award:
    A student must achieve a combined average numeric grade of 69.50 or more.
  • For an upper second class Honours award
    A student must achieve a combined average numeric grade of 59.50 or more.
  • For a lower second class Honours award
    A student must achieve a combined average numeric grade of 49.50 or more.
  • For a third class Honours award
    A student must achieve a combined average numeric grade of 39.50 or more.

Students entering their programme directly at Level 6, or those whom have substituted L5 study with Study Abroad will have their classification determined by taking the average numeric grade of the best 90 credits at Level 6 or higher only – (weighted at 100%).

Please Note:

In the School of Creative Arts, a number of Level 6 modules (namely the ‘Degree Essay’ modules) have been ‘ring-fenced’. This means that they MUST be included in the calculation of the combined average numeric grade cannot be substituted with equivalent credits from any level to improve the degree classification. Please ask your Programme Leader about this if you are unsure, or see your course’s Programme Specification which clearly identifies the modules concerned.

Postgraduate

For Taught Master’s degrees, the Programme Board of Examiners will normally use a combined average numeric grade which has been determined by taking:

The best 150 credits contributing to the programme to determine classification.

  • For an award with Distinction
    A student must achieve a combined average numeric grade of 69.50 or more.
  • For an award with Commendation
    A student must achieve a combined average numeric grade of 59.50 or more.
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