6.14 Credit limits

6.14.1 As well as time limits on achieving the credit requirements for an award, there are also limits on the number of modules which students may attempt in the course of completing their programme, as described in the tables below. Awards will be conferred as soon as a student meets the requirements for the award for which they are registered, after which point no further modules may be taken. A student who, through multiple failed modules, including multiple takes of the same module, exceeds these limits, or reaches a point where they cannot progress without exceeding these limits, will be required to withdraw from their course.

6.14.2 Undergraduate programmes, including Integrated Master’s degrees

Level

Maximum volume of credit that may be attempted

4

Students may attempt a maximum of 165 credits* in achieving the 120 level 4 credits required for progression to level 5. Students who fail more than 30 credits at Level 4 will be required to withdraw from the course, unless compensatory pass marks (not applicable to Foundation degrees) can be applied.

5

Students may attempt a maximum of 165 credits in achieving the 120 level 5 credits required for progression to Level 6. Students who fail more than 45 credits at Level 5 will be required to withdraw from the course, unless compensatory pass marks (not applicable for Foundation degrees) can be applied.

6

Students may attempt a maximum of 165 credits in achieving the 120 Level 6 credits required for completion of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, or progression to Level 7 of an Integrated Master’s degree. Students who fail more than 45 credits at Level 6 will be required to withdraw from the course. 

7

Students may take a maximum of 160 credits in achieving the 120 level 7 credits for completion of an Integrated Master’s programme. Students who fail more than 60 credits at Level 7 will be required to withdraw from the course.


*This is the equivalent of eleven standard (15 credit) undergraduate modules - please remember that multiple takes of the same module count towards the credit limit, and students are permitted to take an individual module only twice (with an entitlement to a resit opportunity for each attempt at the module). 

6.14.3 Postgraduate programmes

Volume of credit to be passed in order to qualify for the award

Maximum number of credits that may be attempted

240 (MArchD)

340

180 (most Master’s degrees; level 7 element of the professional Doctorate)

280

120 (postgraduate diplomas)

160

60  (postgraduate certificates; PGCE*)

80


*PGCE programmes include additional non-credit bearing compulsory modules 
in order to meet requirements for the award of QTS.