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titleWhat is compensation?
Where a undergraduate student has failed up to 20 credits, these can be compensated providing that the student has:
  • Achieved at least 35% in the module concerned;
  • Submitted all assessments for that module
  • Has an average mark across all other modules at that Stage of at least 45%

Further compensation can be allowed at the discretion of the Assessment Board up to a maximum of 40 credits. 

Some professionally accredited programmes may not allow compensation.

Compensation is not permitted on postgraduate taught programmes.

titleI have a compensated pass in a module but think i can do much better. Can I have an opportunity to improve the mark?
Unless there is a professional requirement for the degree programme you are undertaking (e.g. LLB) you will not be allowed to be reassessed in modules which have been passed by compensation.


titleI am a final year student and would like to know how my classification was arrived at

An Honours degree is awarded on the basis of a weighted mean average of the marks for the best 100 credits obtained at Stage 2 and the marks for the best 100 credits at Stage 3.

These averages are weighted so that the Stage 2 marks are worth 20% and the Stage 3 marks are worth 80%.  A final mean average is obtained on the basis of this weighting and this determines the degree classification.

The Honours Degree classification bands are as follows:

First   class Honours

70% or above

Second   class Honours, Upper Division

60% - 69%

Second   class Honours, Lower Division

50% - 59%

Third   class Honours

40% - 49%

 Where a result is borderline (48-49.99%, 58-59.99% or 68-69.99%), the higher classification will be awarded if sixty or more Stage 3 credits are at the higher level.

Worked example of UG Degree Classifications Calculations.

titleI am a Postgraduate student and would like to understand my award

For a Masters degree students will undertake 180 credits.  The classification is awarded on the basis of a weighted mean of all credits.


70% or above


60% - 69%


50% - 59%

Where a result is borderline (58-59.99% or 68-69.99%), the higher classification will be awarded if the student's dissertation or project mark is at the higher level.

For students undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) the award will be classified as above.  If a diploma or certificate (60 credits) is awarded as an interim award where the student was enrolled on a programme with an intended award of masters, this will not be classified.

Worked example of PGT Degree Classification Calculations.

titleI have been awarded an Ordinary Degree, however there is no indication of the classification

To be awarded an Ordinary degree you will have passed 300 credits, with at least 60 credits at Stage 3.  An Ordinary degree is not classified and is without honours.

titleUseful Links

Undergraduate Regulations
 Postgraduate Regulations 
Student Guide to the Regulations
Academic Appeals
In-Year Referrals