Scale used from academic year 2015-2016 onwards

Reporting Scale Descriptor Honours class (where appropriate) Associated aggregation scale
A1 Excellent 1st 23
A2 22
A3 21
A4 20
A5 19
B1 Very good 2(i) 18
B2 17
B3 16
C1 Good 2(ii) 15
C2 14
C3 13
D1 Satisfactory 3 12
D2 11
D3 10
M1 Marginal fail   9
M2 8
M3 7
CF Clear fail   5
BF Bad fail   2
QF Qualified fail   -

Guidance to students and staff on marking in percentages

In some instances individual pieces of work are marked in percentages. Where this is the case the final calculation of the module grades will be based on the aggregation of alpha numeric grades derived from the percentages. This will be the grade which is published and made available to you on eVision. An example of this might be:

  • Module A has two items of assessment:
    • Project worth 40% of the overall grade
    • Degree Examination worth 60% of the overall grade

A student receives an ‘A1’ for the Project (which is 23 on the aggregation scale) and ‘B3’ for the Degree Exam (which is 16 on the aggregation scale), this overall grade is calculated as below:

Project: 23 x 40% = 9.2
Degree Exam: 16 x 60% = 9.6
Total = 18.8 which is rounded up to 19 (which is an A5 on the alpha numerical scale)

The overall grade for the Module A is ‘A5’

Scale used between academic years 2005-2006 to 2014-2015

Reporting Scale Descriptor Honours class (where appropriate) Associated aggregation scale
A1 Excellent 1st 21
A2 20
A3 19
B1 Very good 2(i) 18
B2 17
B3 16
C1 Good 2(ii) 15
C2 14
C3 13
D1 Satisfactory 3 12
D2 11
D3 10
MF Marginal fail   9
CF Clear fail   6
BF Bad fail   2
QF Qualified fail   -

or

Reporting Scale  Descriptor
70-100% EX (Excellent)
60-69% VG (Very Good)
50-59% G (Good)
40-49% S (Satisfactory)
35-39% MF (Marginal Fail)
20-34% CF (clear Fail)
0-19% BF (Bad Fail)

Qualifying Codes

In any assessment scale, a grade or percentage mark may be followed by a qualifying code.

Reporting Scale  Descriptor
P Pass
F Fail

Qualifying Codes

In any assessment scale, a grade or percentage mark may be followed by a qualifying code.

Reporting Scale Descriptor
AB Unauthorised Absence/No Attempt
CA Certified Absence for other than medical reason(s)
DC Module to be discounted
DS Distinction Pass awarded for specific module
MC Absence with a Medical Certificate
ME Merit Pass awarded for specific module
NM No Mark Awarded
QF Required conditions not met to have obtained an overall pass
ST Refused admission to examination, no class certificate or for disciplinary reasons
WD Withdrawn from module

* indicates credits awarded under the University's Compensation/Condonement Scheme

Honours classification spectrum

Honours class Minimum criteria for award
1st grades at A5 or above in at least 50% of total assessment
grades at B3 or above in at least 75% of total assessment
grades at C3 or above in 100% of total assessment
2(i) grades at B3 or above in at least 50% of total assessment
grades at C3 or above in at least 75% of total assessment
grades at D3 or above in 100% of total assessment
2(ii) grades at C3 or above in at least 50% of total assessment
grades at D3 or above in at least 75% of total assessment
3 grades at D3 or above in at least 75% of total assessment

Honours Classifications Session 2018/9

This session will be the first to apply the new rules for the classification of Honours degrees, using the University’s Assessment Policy approved in 2015. Further information is available via your Student Handbook.

Honours classifications will be determined using a stage-weighted average based on performance at stages 3 and 4 (and 5 for integrated undergraduate masters) as the primary determinant, with grade preponderance considered as a secondary measure for borderline cases.

For standard honours programmes (i.e. where students graduate after completion of SHE Level 4), the degree class will be determined using a combined average of the module grades from stages 3 and 4 (third year and fourth year) weighted 40:60.

For borderline cases

Automatic ‘rounding up’ will apply where the stage-weighted average is at or within 0.5 points of the bottom of the next degree classification. For example, a stage-weighted average of 18.5 would automatically be rounded up to 19 (A5), which would be a first class award

The preponderance (number of modules at A, B, C, D) of module grades will be used as the next measure to consider the final degree classification. In these circumstances, where students have achieved the upper degree classification for at least half of the contributing stage 3 and 4 modules, the degree classification will be awarded at that upper level.  For example, a stage-weighted average of 15.2 combined with four out of eight modules at grade B would be an upper second class award, but a stage-weighted average of 15.2 with only three out of eight modules at B would be a lower second class award.

For students who enter a 4 year honours programme at stage 4 (i.e. BMSc), honours classifications will be based solely on performance at stage 4, with the grade average at stage 4 being the primary determinant of the degree classification.

Where modules that contribute to level 3 or 4 are taken and assessed through an external body (e.g. as part of a student exchange programme) the outcomes will not contribute to the weightings for degree honours classifications. Although the marks given by an external body will not count towards the final degree classification, they will be recorded in the student’s transcript of achievements. Credit achieved through study elsewhere will be recognised and awarded by the University, but the classification of honours will only be based on work that has been set and assessed by the University of Dundee.

For integrated undergraduate masters programmes, the degree class will be determined using a combined average of the module grades from stages 3, 4 and 5 (years 3, 4 and 5). The stage weightings for specific integrated masters programmes are detailed in Appendix 2 of the University’s Assessment Policy for Taught Provision.

SCQF - Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework

The table below indicates the correlation between University of Dundee levels and Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework.

UoD Level SCQF Level
0 6
1 7
2 8
3 9
4 10
5 11
6 12

The Framework for Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions in Scotland requires that our honours programmes comprise 480 credits, with a minimum of 90 credits at SCQF level 9 and a minimum of 90 credits at SCQF level 10.

We consider that English A-levels are at an equivalent level of study to the Scottish University first year (normally SCQF level 7) and it is common practice for us to offer advanced entry into second year for students with appropriate A-levels. This is noted on the transcript as prior learning.