Passing the Course

To pass the MSc students must take 8 taught modules and submit a project. The pass mark for taught modules and the project are both 50%. The final weighted average is calculated as 2/3 times the mean of the 8 taught modules plus 1/3 times the project mark (all marks in %).

The normal requirements for a pass are 8 passes in the taught modules plus a pass in the project. However, 2 condoned passes (i.e. not less than 40%) of taught modules are permitted provided that the final weighted average is not less than 50% and the project is passed.

There are three possible MSc awards: Distinction, Merit and Pass

An award of Distinction will be made if the average mark for the 8 taught modules is 70% or greater; and the mark for the dissertation is 70% or greater, and there are no marks below 50%, no condoned marks, no resits, and all marks are based on first attempts.

An award of Merit will be made where the overall mark is 60% or greater, the mark for the dissertation is 60% or greater, there are no marks below 50%, no condoned marks, no resits, and all marks are based on first attempts.

An award of Pass will be made where the overall mark is 50% or greater, the mark for the dissertation is 50% or greater, and 8 taught modules have been passed with no more than two condoned marks, and with the maximum of one resit allowed per module.

Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate

Students that are not eligible for the MSc award can be offered a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate.

A Postgraduate Diploma will be offered to the students that have completed 8 taught modules (120 UCL credits) and obtained an overall average mark of 50% or greater. A maximum of 2 condoned passes (i.e. not less than 40%) is permitted.

A Postgraduate Certificate will be offered to the students that have completed 4 taught modules (60 UCL credits) and obtained an overall average mark of 50% or greater. A maximum of 1 condoned pass (i.e. not less than 40%) is permitted.