Please be aware that during academic year 2019/20, the University introduced exceptional regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This page was previously affected by these arrangements and has been documented accordingly.
Further details can be found in the "Exceptional regulations applied in response to Covid-19" section below.
Honours and Integrated Masters degrees
Includes: commencement dates; former regulations
These regulations take effect from 2015/16 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I from September 2015 and before September 2020. Students entering Qualifying year or Part I before September 2015 are subject to the former regulations. For more information about the former regulations, please consult the following:
Degree classification before September 2015
Standardised weightings between Parts apply unless an approved PSRB or other exemption has been given and this is stated in the relevant programme specification(s).
Arithmetic mean model
Includes: unit marks; modules marks; weightings; weighted numerical average; borderlines
1. Unit marks (see footnote 1 in the All awards section) are numeric.
2. Module mark is calculated from unit marks and rounded to a numeric integer
3. Module marks are weighted accordingly to the number of credits attached to the module - for example, a 20 credit module is weighted double compared to a 10 credit module.
4. The relative weightings of Part I/II/III marks are given in programme specifications.
5. A weighted numerical average is calculated using the weightings indicated in 3 and 4 above.
6. The weighted numerical average is rounded. For more information, please consult the following:
Policy on marking and grading
7. Weighted numerical average is translated into degree classification according to Table 1.
||60% - 69%
||50% - 59%
||40% - 49%
* that is, an unclassified degree and therefore awarded without honours.
40%+ (which can include reassessment marks from Parts I/II/III)
Only the following rounded marks will be regarded as “borderline”:
- 68/69 Borderline I
- 58/59 Borderline II-1
- 48/49 Borderline II-2
- At the III/Fail boundary there is no borderline.
Other Undergraduate awards
Includes: classifications; borderlines; calculating an overall average
Ordinary Degrees and Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates and Diplomas are classified using a weighted numerical average as defined above. The classifications are:
- Distinction = 70%
- Merit = 60% - 69%
- Pass = 40% - 59%
Only the following rounded marks will be regarded as borderline:
- 68/69 Borderline Distinction
- 58/59 Borderline Merit
- At the Pass/Fail boundary there is no borderline.
When calculating an overall average, in the case of Ordinary Degrees, classification is based on the best marks obtained from 100 credits at Part I and the best marks obtained from 100 credits at Part II.
In the case of Undergraduate Diplomas the classification is based on the best marks obtained in 120 credits taken in stage 2 or 3 including at least 90 credits at level 2.
Taught Postgraduate awards (to apply to courses beginning in September 2006 and after)
Includes: classification; postgraduate diplomas and certificates; borderlines
The classification rules for Taught Masters, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates (i.e. the award of Merits and Distinctions) are contained in the University’s Taught Postgraduate Regulations. For more information, please consult the following:
Postgraduate taught degrees from September 2015 (for students starting awards from September 2016)
Borderlines for these qualifications are:
- 68 or 69 Borderline Distinction (individual programme specifications state whether the borderline is 68 or 69)
- 59 Borderline Merit
- 49 Borderline Pass (Master, also PGDip and PGCert from 2012/13)
- 39 Borderline Pass (PGDip and PGCert for students who registered for taught postgraduate degrees prior to the 2012/13 Session only)
Includes: use of borderlines; extenuating circumstances; footnotes
Use of borderlines
Following moderation an agreed algorithm is used to determine the final composite mark. If this falls within a borderline as defined above, the weighted profiling system as stated in the programme specification will be applied to determine the final classification (see footnote 3 below)
Students with acceptable extenuating circumstances should be considered in accordance with the Extenuating Circumstances Policy and Procedures. For more information, please consult the following:
Extenuating circumstances procedure
1. “Unit mark” is the mark awarded for an individual piece of assessed work, which goes towards the computation of a module mark using a weighting formula.
2. For students registering on programmes from 2009/10 onwards, Schools should use only a weighted profiling system for determining the degree class of borderline students. The profiling system must be stated in the programme specification and made explicit and clear to students from the start of their studies through School Handbooks.
3. For students entering Qualifying year or Part I from 2015/16 onwards, Schools should use only the standardised weighted profiling system for determining the degree class of borderline students.
A student should be given the higher class if either of the following criteria are met:
i) Half or more of the final stage credits are in the higher class;
ii) Half or more of the final and penultimate stage credits are in the higher class.
This does not preclude the consideration of Extenuating Circumstances of students, whether inside or outside the borderline.
Exceptional regulations applied in response to Covid-19
Please be aware that the following Exceptional Regulations were developed and applied during academic year 2019/20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These records are campus specific and should be read in conjunction with all other content on this page.
The active application of these arrangements then ceased at the beginning of academic year 2020/21. Any outcomes from their application during academic year 2019/20 will, however, continue to be honoured and used in all decisions regarding those affected.
For more information about the Exceptional Regulations as a whole, please consult the following:
Exceptional Regulations: Covid-19 - 2019/20 - 2020/21