Grade point average and award of honours and distinction

alert level faqs

The award of honours may be made in the following classes:

Honours (First Class)

Awarded to students who complete all coursework and the thesis/dissertation examination within the A grade range.

Students who achieve first class honours bring intellectual rigour, excellence and insight to their work and reliably and consistently demonstrate an excellent level of synthesis and critique in relation to a depth of specialist knowledge and its impact in the broad context of their discipline.

Honours (Second Class, First Division)

This will normally be awarded to students who complete all course work and the thesis/dissertation examination within a B+ grade point average.

Students who achieve second class honours, first division, demonstrate an insightful approach to the key issues and debates in their discipline. The work demonstrates a high level of understanding, synthesis, and critique of the issues and thinking.

Honours (Second Class, Second Division)

This will normally be awarded to students who complete all course work and the thesis/dissertation examination within a grade range of B to B-.

Students who achieve second class, second division honours demonstrate an insightful approach to the key issues and debates in their discipline. The work demonstrates good understanding, synthesis, and critique of the main issues and thinking.

Distinction and Merit

Distinction

The degree will be awarded with distinction where overall achievement falls within the A grade range.

Merit

The degree will be awarded with merit where overall achievement is a B+ grade point average.

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GPA, Honours and Distinction information

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