Eligibility for an Academic Award (Masters Programmes)


These are the guidelines used to determine the eligibility for an academic award of students who started studying one of the University of Liverpool’s online Masters programmes in or after September 2011. Students who started studying prior to March 2011 have their eligibility for a postgraduate award assessed in a slightly different way; see here for details. Students who started studying between 1st March 2011 and 31st August 2011 have their eligibility for a postgraduate award assessed in a slightly different way; see here for details.


Students should be aware that whilst these are the guidelines used by the Board of Examiners, the final decision over the eligibility of a student for an academic award is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

Please note that ‘final grade’ is the end-of-module grade or dissertation grade that has been approved by the Board of Examiners.
 

Masters Degrees

Postgraduate Diplomas

Postgraduate Certificates

Notes

  1. Where the average of the total marks in all taught modules is 50% or above and no more than 20 taught credits are failed, a mark of 40-49 shall be deemed compensatable in taught modules totaling up to 20 Credit Points.
  2. Unless the Board of Examiners has recognised there were mitigating circumstances for the original grade.
     


The Overall Average Grade


The overall average grade of a student is determined as follows:

Examples

Table 1 shows an example of how to calculate the overall grade average. In this example, the student would be awarded a Master’s degree with Distinction. They have:

 

Table 1
Module Final Grade Credit Points Final Grade x Credit Points Overall Average Grade
1 69 15 1035  
2 67 15 1005
3 60 15 900
4 54 15 810
5 78 15 1170
6 79 15 1185
7 65 15 975
8 63 15 945
 Dissertation 78 60 4680
  180 12705 70.6


 

 

Table 2 shows another example of how to calculate the overall grade average. In this example, the student would be awarded a Master’s degree with Merit. They have:

 

Table 2
Module Final Grade Credit Points Final Grade x Credit Points Overall Average Grade
1 55 15 825  
2 58 15 870
3 53 15 795
4 75 15 1125
5 68 15 1020
6 54 15 810
7 51 15 765
8 59 15 885
 Dissertation 67 60 4020
  180 11115 61.8


 

 

Table 3 shows a third example of how to calculate the overall grade average. In this example, the student would be awarded a Master’s degree. They have:

 

Table 3
Module Final Grade Credit Points Final Grade x Credit Points Overall Average Grade
1 52 15 780  
2 51 15 765
3 57 15 855
4 42 15 630
5 62 15 930
6 66 15 990
7 55 15 825
8 59 15 885
 Dissertation 52 60 3120
  180 9780 54.3


 

 

Table 4 shows an example of a student who fails their fifth module twice and who therefore cannot be awarded a Master’s degree. However, they qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction. They have:

 

Table 4
Module Final Grade Credit Points Final Grade x Credit Points Overall Average Grade
1 78 15 1170  
2 72 15 1080
3 69 15 1035
4 64 15 960
  60 4245 70.8

 

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