Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most common queries we receive regarding modular degree programmes. If you have a question about modular programmes that is not covered by the FAQ, or a query about the on-line Faculty Handbook, please contact us using the Comments and Questions form at the foot of this webpage.
If you have a query about a specific module or degree programme, please contact the appropriate department.
What do I need to pass to get a degree?
A Bachelors degree (BA or BSc, for example) usually lasts 3 years and is 360 credits. An integrated Masters degree (a four-year degree such as MSci or MEng, offered in some science subjects) is 480 credits. These are Honours degrees. If you leave the University without completing your degree you can be awarded a Certificate or a Diploma or an Ordinary degree, depending on how many credits you have gained and at what level. This usually only happens if you have failed some of your modules. Your basic assumption should be that you need to pass all your modules at 40% or above each year.
There are two flow charts which show how you progress from one level of study to the next, and what you need to get the various exit qualifications:
The credit requirements for all these awards are as follows:
- Certificate (Level 1): 120 credits
- Diploma (Level 2): 240 credits in total including at least 90 Level 2 credits
- Ordinary degree: 300 credits in total including at least 60 Level 3 credits
- Bachelor's Honours degree: 360 credits in total including at least 80 Level 3 credits
- Integrated Masters degree (a 4-year programme like the MEng or MSci):
480 credits in total including at least 120 Level 4 credits
So you have to pass everything (after resits where permitted) to get an Honours degree. A limited number of modules may also be passed by compensation. If you fail up to one module per year you can leave with an 'exit qualification' in the form of a Certificate or Diploma or you can move into the Ordinary degree stream of your degree programme. You can also get an Ordinary degree if you fail up to 60 credits either progressively (20 credits per year) or at the end of the programme (for example by failing up to 60 credits in your final year).
Note that the phrase 'Level 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 credits' means 'credits from modules set at that level'. You can take modules worth up to 40 credits from the level below the level at which you are studying but you must get the number of credits stated from modules set at the relevant level. For example, you could take the following module combination at Level 3:
i. dissertation - Level 3 module - 40 credits
ii. special topic option - Level 3 module - 20 credits
iii. core module - Level 3 module - 20 credits
iv. additional option - Level 2 module - 20 credits
v. option from another department - Level 2 module - 20 credits.
If you did this your 'Level 3 credits' would have to come from options i-iii above and not from modules iv-v. For an Honours degree you have to pass all the modules anyway - but it could matter for your 'module count' for the award of an Ordinary degree if you passed your Level 2 modules and failed one or more Level 3 modules.