Honours degree classification

  • The following information relates to degree classifications on the Undergraduate Modular Programme. For all other courses of study, please contact the Course and Student Administration Team.

    The grades you obtain in the best 14 acceptable Level 5/6 Honours module credits (including the best 6 Honours level credits) will be used to determine your degree classification. Please see the UMP Regulations B2.7v a,b,c (PDF) for the exceptions to this. 

    Please note that no Level 4 acceptable module credits will be included in your average (applicable to students entering Stage II from September 2011 onwards).

    Classification Minimum average mark in Stage II 

    First class honours

    70%

    Upper second class honours

    60%

    Lower second class honours

    50%

    Third class honours

    40%

    NB: The average mark is truncated and not automatically rounded up, e.g. 59.6 is not automatically rounded up to 60 and stays at a lower second class honours.

    A borderline classification can be upgraded if it meets the following requirements:

    • Students with 68% or above with 4 out of the last 8 acceptable module credits in the higher class of degree will normally receive a first.
    • Students with 59% or above with 4 out of the last 8 acceptable module credits in the higher class of degree will normally receive an upper second class honours.
    • Students with 49.5% or above with 4 out of the last 8 acceptable module credits in the higher class of degree will normally receive a lower second class honours.