UCD

User's Guide to the General Regulations:

2017 / 2018 Academic Session

What are the different options of awards for Undergraduate Honours Bachelor Degree programmes?

 

 

 

 

There are three Honours Bachelor Degree options:

  1. Honours bachelor degree with a major in a single particular subject
  2. Honours bachelor degree with a joint major in two subjects
  3. Honours bachelor degree with a major/minor subject combination

(General Regulation 6.1)

What is an honours bachelor degree with a major?

An honours bachelor degree with a major occurs when a student graduates from an honours bachelor degree programme and 5/6 or more of the programme credits awarded in the final and/or penultimate stages of the programme are in a single subject. This amounts to a minimum of 100 credits total in a single subject.  A major in a subject will be indicated on the transcript and Diploma Supplement by appending the name of the subject, in parentheses, to the name of the award, e.g. BA (French). The programme is considered a single honours programme.
(General Regulation 6.1.1)

 

What is an honours bachelor degree with a joint major?

An honours bachelor degree with a joint major occurs when a student graduates from an honours bachelor degree programme and 5/12 or more of the programme credits are awarded in the final and/or penultimate stages of the programme in each of two subjects.  This amounts to a minimum of 50 credits in each of the two subjects. A joint major in two subjects will be indicated on the transcript and Diploma Supplement by appending the names of the subjects, in parentheses, conjoined by the word “and” to the name of the award, e.g. BSc (Biochemistry and Chemistry).  The programme is considered a joint honours programme.
(General Regulation 6.1.2)

What is an honours bachelor degree with a major/minor subject combination?

An honours bachelor degree with a major/minor subject combination occurs when a student graduates from an honours bachelor degree programme with 1/2 or more of the programme credits awarded in the final and/or penultimate stages of the programme in one subject, and with 1/3 or more of the programme credits awarded in the final and/or penultimate stages of the programme are in another subject.  This amounts to 60 total credits for the major and 40 total credits for the minor.  A major/minor combination is indicated on the transcript and Diploma Supplement by appending the names of the subjects, in parentheses, conjoined by the word “with” to the name of the award, e.g. BA (French with Politics). 
(General Regulation 6.1.3)

How will award classifications be calculated for undergraduate degree programmes?

The Programme Examination Board will classify the overall award of an honours bachelor degree programme based on the award GPA.  The award GPA is calculated using one of three modes, depending on the programme:

 

  • Final Stage only – the award GPA is the weighted average of the grade points awarded for the final successful attempt at those modules which have been completed and passed to satisfy the credit requirements of the final stage, where the grade point for each module is weighted by the credit value of the module. (General Regulation 6.2.1)

 

  • Final and penultimate stages – the award GPA is the weighted average of the grade points awarded for the final successful attempt at those modules which have been completed and passed to satisfy the credit requirements of the final and penultimate stages, where the grade point for each module is weighted by the credit value of the module. (General Regulation 6.2.2)

 

  • Final and penultimate stages (stage-weighted) – the award GPA is the weighted average of the grade points awarded for the final successful attempt at those modules which have been completed and passed to satisfy the credit requirements of the final and penultimate stages, where the grade points of final stage modules are weighted by a factor of 7 and those of penultimate stage modules are weighted by a factor of 3.   (General Regulation 6.2.3)

 

The Programme Examination Board will not award Honours in individual subjects within an Honours Bachelor Degree. 
(General Regulation 6.2.4)

 

Information on each undergraduate degree programme’s Honours Calculation may be obtained from the relevant Programme Office.

Contact details for Programme Offices can be found at: http://www.ucd.ie/programmeoffices.htm 

 

How will award classifications be calculated for graduate taught programmes?

The Programme Examination Board will classify the overall awards of a Graduate Taught Programme based on an award GPA. (General Regulation 6.2)

 

When a student has successfully completed a programme, an award GPA is calculated. The award GPA is used to classify the overall award of a graduate taught degree programme. It is calculated based on all modules which the student completed and passed to satisfy the credit requirements of the programme, where the grade-point for each module is weighted by the credit value of the module. Where the programme is completed in two stages, the grades from both stages contribute to the award GPA.

(General Regulation 6.2.5)

What is a programme GPA ?

A programme GPA is used to classify the overall award of a taught graduate programme, where the Programme Board has determined that the award should be classified.  It is calculated based on the final successful attempt of all modules from the programme, but does not include extra credit modules; where a graduate taught programme is two stages, both stages contribute to the programme GPA.  The programme GPA is calculated by multiplying the grade point value for each module by the number of credits assigned for the module, summing the resultant values, and dividing by the total number of credits for the programme.

What classes of honours will be used in UCD taught programmes and what award GPA is required for each class of honours?

The relevant Programme Examination Board will classify the overall awards within all of the University’s programmes according to the following Honours Classification Table (General Regulation 6.3):

AWARD
NFQ LEVEL
AWARD TYPE
HONOURS CLASSIFICATION
University (Level 7) Certificate
7
Minor Award
Greater than or equal to 3.68        Distinction
From 2.48 to 3.67 inclusive 
       Merit
From 2.00 to 2.47                     Pass
University Diploma
7
Minor Award
University (Level 8) Certificate
8
Minor Award
Honours Bachelor Degree
8
Major Award
Greater than or equal to 3.68     1st Class Honours
From 3.08 to 3.67 inclusive
    2nd Class Honours, Grade 1
From 2.48 to 3.07 inclusive     2nd Class Honours, Grade 2
From 2.00 to 2.47 inclusive     Pass
Higher Diploma  8  Major Award
Professional Diploma in Education
8
Major Award
Professional Certificate
7, 8 or 9
Special Purpose Award
Greater than or equal to 3.68        Distinction
From 2.48 to 3.67 inclusive 
       Merit
From 2.00 to 2.47                     Pass
Professional Diploma
7, 8, or 9
Special Purpose Award
Certificate of Continuing Education
6 or 7
Special Purpose Award
Diploma of Continuing Education
6 or 7
Special Purpose Award
Certificate of Continuing Professional Development
8 or 9
Supplemental Award
Graduate Certificate
9
Minor Award
Greater than or equal to 3.68     1st Class Honours
From 3.08 to 3.67 inclusive
    2nd Class Honours, Grade 1
From 2.48 to 3.07 inclusive
    2nd Class Honours, Grade 2
From 2.00 to 2.47 inclusive     Pass
Graduate Diploma
9
Major Award
Masters Degree (taught)
9
Major Award
Professional Masters Degree (taught)
9
Major Award