Degree GPA Calculation
- Students who entered Stage 1 of the BSc degree programme from September 2011 onwards will have their degree GPA calculated on the basis of their performance in the final and penultimate stages of the programme.
- For a four year programme, this means that your final degree GPA will be calculated on Stages 3 and 4 and for a three year programme (BSc (General Science) and BSc in Archaeology & Geology) on Stages 2 and 3. The award will be based 70% on your final stage and 30% on your penultimate stage. If a student started before September 2011 and returned to a repeat attempt at a stage then their degree may also be calculated under this new regulation.
These regulations have come into effect as follows:
- Since the Semester 2 examinations 2013-2014, students who compete a BSc (General Science), will have their degree award calculated on the basis of their performance in Stage 2 and Stage 3 (30% on Stage 2, 70% on the basis of Stage 3). This regulation also applies to the BSc in Archaeology & Geology.
- From the Semester 2 examinations 2014-2015 onwards, students who complete a four year BSc degree in a particular subject will have their degree award calculated on the basis of their performance in Stage 3 and Stage 4 (30% on Stage 3, 70% on the basis of Stage 4).
If a student completes part/all of Stage 3 while on an international exchange, the then block of credit earned while on exchange will be GPA neutral.
- If a student spends a single semester (either Semester 1 or Semester 2) on exchange, then only the credits earned in UCD will contribute to the Stage 3 GPA of that student. This Stage 3 GPA will contribute to the degree GPA of the student as outlined above.
- If a students successfully completes all of Stage 3 while on exchange, their degree GPA will be calculated on the basis of Stage 4 only.
- If a student has been on exchange for a full academic year and opts to exit with the 180 credit BSc (General Science), even where they have earned the GPA to progress to Stage 4, then a Stage 3 GPA and grade will be calculated and will be included in their degree award calculation (with degree awards for the BSc (General Science) calculated on the basis of Stages 3 and 2).
In the BAFS programme the final degree GPA is also calculated on the GPAs of the final and penultimate stages of the programme (unweighted) and based on modules, including elective modules, that the student completes and passes to satisfy the credit requirements of these stages.
Note: The Work Placement module in Stage 3 (30 credits) will not contribute to the calculation of the overall GPA.