A1.2.3 University awards: minimum credits and levels

    1. A list of University awards, and description of each award, is available in section A1.1 of the University Regulations. Programmes leading to a major University award must consist of at least 60 credits. Programmes of less than 60 credits are classified as short courses, and lead to the award of a University Certificate of Credit rather than a substantive qualification.
    2. The minimum amount of credit required for each award is shown in the table below. The level of the final award is given in the end column. (Where level 3 credit is permitted within undergraduate awards, or level 6 credit permitted within postgraduate awards, the maximum amounts allowable are also shown.)

    Award*

    Level
    3

    Level
    4

    Level 5

    Level
    6

    Level 7

    Level 8

    Total
    credit

     

    Foundation Diploma

    120

             

    120

    L3

    University Certificate

    max.20

    40

           

    60

    L4

    Certificate of Higher Education

    max.30

    90

           

    120

    University Diploma

     

    max.20

    40

         

    60

    L5

    Diploma of Higher Education

    max.30

     

    90

         

    240

    Foundation Degree

    max.30

     

    90

         

    240

    Bachelors Degrees

    max.30

       

    60

       

    300

    Level 6 awards

    Bachelors Degrees with Honours

    max.30

       

    90

       

    360

    Graduate Certificates

         

    40

       

    40

    Graduate Diplomas

         

    80

       

    80

    Diploma in Advanced Study

       

    90

       

    120

    Advanced Diploma

    max.20

       

    40

       

    60

    Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

         

    40

       

    60

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education

           

    40

     

    60

    Level 7 awards

    Master of Biology
    Master of Engineering
    Master of Mathematics
    Master of Osteopathy
    Master of Planning
    Master of Psychology
    Master of Science

    max.30

         

    120

     

    480

    Postgraduate Certificates
    Certificate in Management

         

    max.10

    50

     

    60

    Postgraduate Diplomas
    Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture
    Diploma in Management and Leadership
    Postgraduate Diploma of Research

         

    max.20

    100

     

    120

    Master of Architecture
    Master of Arts
    Master of Business Administration
    Master of Fine Arts
    Master of Laws
    Master of Research
    Master of Science

         

    max.30

    150

     

    180

    Master of Architectural Design
    European Masters

           

    240

     

    240

    Doctor of Education

         

    max.30

     

    360

    480

    L8

    Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring

           

    180

    360

    540

    Notes:
    *PGCE: The minimum credit volumes stated above apply to programmes of study leading to an academic award. PGCE programmes in which the professional training is integrated with the theory modules across the programme (and is therefore also assessed for academic credit) will exceed the minimum credit volumes stated.

    *Research Masters degrees (MPhil, MA/MSc/LLM by Research), PhD awards, and Higher Doctorates (DLitt, DSc, DTech) are not typically credit rated. Refer to the regulations governing Research Degrees, Higher Doctorates and Masters by Research in section B.

    *The Certificate in Spatial Planning consists of 60 credits at levels 4 (30 credits), 5 (15 credits) and 6 (15 credits), and is designed as a bridging programme for students entering the MSc Spatial Planning who do not hold a Bachelors degree in a Planning discipline.

    *The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is delivered under the University of the Arts London Awarding Body.