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Passing The Course

For the MSc students must take 8 taught modules and submit a project. For the Postgraduate diploma students must take 8 taught modules only. 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 four possible awards: Distinction, Merit, Pass, Fail.


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 65% 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.

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