Detailed information about the UK university degree system.
There are two main types of degree in the UK, namely:
This type is the most common and usually consists of at least 3 years of study with each year responsible for 120 credits worth of modules. Types of undergraduate degree include:
Examples of Bachelors degrees include:
This is an enhanced version of a Bachelors which usually consists of at least 4 years of study. Examples include:
As the title suggests, this degree is usually embarked upon after graduation from an Undergraduate degree and lasts for at least one year. The different types are included below:
Consisting of a taught element and a dissertation. Examples include:
Usually consisting of a Thesis to be completed over the course of one or more years. Examples include:
Orientated around business, these degrees are usually completed by persons looking to become executives or high end managers. Examples include:
The grading system that your course uses will depend on whether your degree is an Undergraduate or Postgraduate.
All undergraduate degrees within the UK are graded using the same boundaries and classifications. Therefore they are as follows:
|70%||1st||First Class Honours|
|60%||2:1||Second Class Honours (Upper Division)|
|50%||2:2||Second Class Honours (Lower Division)|
|40%||3rd||Third Class Honours|
* The award of this degree is down to each independent university's discretion.
Since there are no strict rules on postgraduate degree grades, then each university tends to have different boundaries and classifications. Some common types are: