School of Mathematics and Physics

Progress & Degree Classifications

The University’s Study Regulations set out the rules and procedures that determine your final classification, including:

(i)   The number of credits required to progress to each level of study

(ii)  Mark scales and pass marks for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes

(iii) How your final degree classification is calculated

 

The University’s Study Regulations can be found at:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicAffairs/GeneralRegulations/StudyRegulations/

 

Each module is marked on a 0-100 scale.  The mark is indicative of the quality of the work being assessed, according to the following categorisation used throughout the University.

      Mark Band

Quality

70-100

First Class (1st)

60-69

Second Class, First Division (2.1)

50-59

Second Class, Second Division (2.2)

40-49

Third Class (3rd)

0-39

Fail

For candidates for the BSc degree the degree classification is determined by the module marks at Stage 3, with a weighting of 60%, the module marks at Stage 2, with a weighting of 30% and the module marks at Stage 1, with a weighting of 10%.   

Where the weighted average is within 3 percentage points of a higher classification and the weighted number of modules scoring in that higher classification or above is at least one half, then the higher classification shall be awarded.   This is known as the predominance rule.

The award of an MSci degree is similar; the Stage 4 modules, with a weighting of 50%, the module marks at Stage 3, with a weighting of 30%, the module marks at Stage 2, with a weighting of 15% and the module marks at Stage 1, with a weighting of 5%. 

Notice that it is Stage rather than Level that counts here: for example, where a student opts to take a Level 3 module as part of the Stage 2 programme, the mark gained is used in calculating the Stage 2 average and weighted accordingly.  Again, where regulations permit a student to take a Level 3 module at Stage 4, that mark is used in calculating the Stage 4 average and weighted accordingly. 

Students should consult School/University regulations concerning the possible award of other degrees such as the Ordinary degree.