All first-year students must achieve a mark of 40 or more for each of their modules in order to progress to their second year of study. They must also have submitted all pieces of assessed work. A student that fails one or more of their first-year modules (or fails to submit all assessed work) will be required to resit the relevant exams and resubmit the relevant essays. This rule does not apply to Language modules. However, a student who gains a lower mark in a Language module resit will need an overall average for the year of at least 40%. In some circumstances, a student that narrowly fails one of their first-year modules may be transferred to a Pass Degree at the discretion of the Arts Faculty First Year Board of Examiners (FYBOE).
For an undergraduate student to progress from their second year to their third year, or from their third year to their fourth year, they must meet the following requirements:
- To progress to the next year of an Honours degree (or the next level of study in the case of part-time degree students), a candidate must normally have passed at least 60 credits and have an overall mean of at least 40.0%.
- To progress to the next year of a Pass Degree (or the next level of study in the case of part-time degree students), a candidate must normally have passed at least 60 credits and have an overall mean of at least 35.0%.
- To progress to the next year of study from a year abroad which counts for credit, but less than 120 credits, a candidate must normally have passed at least 50% of the year abroad credits.
Degree Classification including Pass Degrees
A student's final degree classification includes the results of their Year Abroad (third-year) work as 20% of the overall result, with the second-year and final-year results as 40% each. For instance:
Second-Year Module #1 =
Second-Year Module #2 =
Second-Year Module #3 =
Second-Year Module #4 =
Year Abroad Coursework =
Year Abroad Dissertation =
Final-Year Module #1 =
Final-Year Module #2 =
Final-Year Module #3 =
Final-Year Module #4 =
Average Mark =
Degree Classification =
Degrees are classified by using an average of all marks. An average of 70% or over results in an award of a first class degree. An average of 60-69.99% is awarded a 2(i); of 50-59.99 a 2(ii); of 40-49.99 a third class degree. A borderline is considered to be a mark of 68-69.99, 58-58.99, or 48-48.99. In borderline cases, a candidate may be awarded the higher degree class on the basis of preponderance (at least 6 out of the 10 units are in the higher class) or peformance in the final year (at least 3 out of the 4 final year units are in the higher class).
The University rules regarding degree classification are available from the Teaching Quality website, and all course regulations and course specifications are also published on the University's Teaching Quality website.
An Honours Degree student that narrowly fails one of their first year modules may be transferred to a Pass Degree, subject to the approval of the Arts Faculty First Year Board of Examiners (FYBOE). A student following a Pass Degree must take a minimum of 300 CATS during their course, comprised of a minimum of 120 CATS in the first year and a minimum of 180 CATS in the second and final years. To be awarded a Pass Degree, a student must pass a minimum of 150 CATS in the second and final year of which at least 50 CATS must be obtained in the final year.
Honours students who fail their Final Examinations and exercise their right to resit for a Pass Degree will take 180 CATS of assessment to be determined by the Board of Examiners.
All information regarding the University's degree ceremonies can be found on the Awards and Ceremonies website, including the dates of forthcoming graduation ceremonies.