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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Progression Regulations

The University requirements for progressing in your degree are summarised below. The summary provides information on how many modules you must pass to proceed from one year to another, what happens if you fail a module, and how many credits worth of modules you will need to complete successfully to qualify for an honours degree (or ordinary degree, or diploma, or certificate).

These requirements should be read in conjunction with your programme regulations, and the progression flowcharts:

Please note: students are not normally allowed to transfer from one degree programme to another (though if you do not pass all modules, you may be required to transfer to another programme – see below). If you do wish to change degree programme, please contact the department, as explained in the teaching & learning policy page.

Level 1

At Level 1, you must study and be assessed in modules to the value of 120 credits (at Durham, single modules are worth 20 credits, doubles are worth 40 credits, and there are some triple modules worth 60 credits).

To proceed to Level 2 on an honours degree, you must pass all 120 credits, getting a mark of 40 or more in each module which you take.

At Level 1, you will have the chance to resit failed examinations and/or resubmit failed assignments in modules to the value of 120 credits on one occasion only; normally in the August resit period. The mark for any module which is resat will be capped at 40.

If, after resitting/resubmitting, you have passed 120 credits with marks of at least 40, you may proceed to Level 2 on an honours degree.

If, after resitting/resubmitting, you have passed 100 credits with marks of at least 40, you may proceed to Level 2 on an ordinary degree, as long as you have not failed a module which is a pre-requisite for Level 2 study (such modules are marked with a # symbol in the regulations).

Ordinary degrees are not available for Integrated Master’s programmes. Students proceeding from an Integrated Master’s honours degree to an ordinary degree will be required to transfer to a Bachelor’s programme.

If, after resitting/resubmitting, you have either passed fewer than 100 credits with marks of at least 40, or you have failed a module which is a pre-requisite for Level 2 study (such modules are marked with a # symbol in the regulations), you will be required to leave the University. You may be eligible for an exit qualification (see below).

Level 2

At Level 2, you must study and be assessed in modules to the value of 120 credits.

To proceed to Level 3 on an/a Bachelor’s honours degree, you must pass all 120 credits, getting a mark of 40 or more in each module which you take.

To proceed to Level 3 on an Integrated Master’s honours degree, you must pass all 120 credits, getting a mark of 40 or more in each module which you take. The average of all modules taken during Level 2 must also be 55 or above. If you pass all modules taken during Level 2, but your overall average is below 55, will be required to transfer to Level 3 of a Bachelor’s honours degree.

At Level 2, you will have the chance to resit failed examinations and/or resubmit failed assignments in modules to the value of 60 credits on one occasion only; normally in the August resit period. The mark for any module which is resat will be capped at 40.

If you are on a Bachelor’s degree programme and, after resitting/resubmitting, you pass 120 credits with marks of at least 40, you may proceed to Level 3 on an/a Bachelor’s honours degree.

If you are on an Integrated Master’s degree programme and, after resitting/resubmitting, you pass 120 credits with marks of at least 40, and the average of all modules taken during Level 2 is 55 or above, you may proceed to Level 3 on an Integrated Master’s honours degree. If you pass 120 credits with marks of at least 40, but your overall average is below 55, you will be required to transfer to Level 3 of a Bachelor’s honours degree.

If, after resitting/resubmitting, you have passed 100 credits with marks of at least 40, you may proceed to Level 3 on an ordinary degree, as long as you have not failed a module which is a pre-requisite for Level 3 study (such modules are marked with a # symbol in the regulations).

Ordinary degrees are not available for Integrated Master’s programmes. Students proceeding from an Integrated Master’s honours degree to an ordinary degree will be required to transfer to a Bachelor’s programme.

If, after resitting/resubmitting, you have either passed fewer than 100 credits with marks of at least 40, or as you have failed a module which is a pre-requisite for Level 3 study (such modules are marked with a # symbol in the regulations), you will be required to leave the University. You may be eligible for an exit qualification (see below).

Level 3

At Level 3, you must study and be assessed in modules to the value of 120 credits.

To proceed to Level 4 on an Integrated Master’s honours degree, you must pass all 120 credits, getting a mark of 40 or more in each module which you take. Modules up to the value of 40 credits taken at Level 3 may be passed by Compensation (see below).

To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree with honours, you must pass all 120 credits, getting a mark of 40 or more in each module which you take. At least 80 of these credits must be in Level 3 modules. Modules up to the value of 40 credits taken at Level 3, or modules up to the value of 20 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2, may be passed by Compensation (see below):

If you do not meet the requirements to be awarded a Bachelor's degree with honours, you may be eligible for a Bachelor’s degree without honours (an ordinary degree). To be awarded an ordinary degree, you must pass at least 60 credits of Level 3 modules with a mark of 40 or above, and have passed at least 300 credits in total from study at Levels 1, 2 and 3. No modules may be passed by compensation.

At Level 3 there is no opportunity to resit failed examinations and/or resubmit failed assignments.

Level 4

At Level 4, you must study and be assessed in modules to the value of 120 credits.

To graduate with an Integrated Master’s honours degree, you must pass all 120 credits, getting a mark of 40 or more in each module which you take. All 120 credits must be Level 4 modules. Modules up to the value of 20 credits taken at Level 4 may be passed by Compensation (see below).

If you do not meet the requirements to be awarded an Integrated Master’s honours degree, you may be eligible for a Bachelor’s degree either with honours or without honours (an ordinary degree). The requirements for these two degrees are described above, under the heading Level 3.

At Level 4 there is no opportunity to resit failed examinations and/or resubmit failed assignments.

Exit Qualifications

Should you choose, or be required, to leave your degree before completion, or should you fail to gain the credits required for an honours or ordinary degree, you may be eligible for one of the following exit awards:

Certificate of Higher Education: if you have passed 120 credits at Level 1 (including up to 20 credits passed by Compensation – see below);

Diploma of Higher Education: if you have passed 240 credits in total (including at least 80 Level 2 credits; and including up to 40 credits passed by Compensation – see below).

Modules Passed by Compensation

A module may be passed by compensation if:

you have achieved a mark of at least 30 in the module;

your overall average for modules taken at either: Levels 2, 3 and 4 (for the award of an Integrated Master’s honours degree); Levels 2 and 3 (for the award of an/a Bachelor’s honours degree), or Level 2 (for the award of a Diploma), or Level 1 (for the award of Certificate), is above 40;

the module is not deemed to be ‘non-compensatable‘ under the programme regulations (non-compensatable modules are marked in the regulations with a ~ symbol)