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Ulster Degree Algorithm Ref

Should UU change the algorithm for degrees in Ulster?

The University has decided that it will, in the future, change the 'degree algorithm'. The 'degree algorithm' is the calculation used to make your degree award classification.

This will affect those students graduating from summer 2020 onwards.


Currently, the University calculates your award classification based on the marks from your final year only. Instead we intend, from the summer of 2020 forwards, to base your award classification on your final year and your second year. Your final year will still 'count' the most but we are asking you, our students, to choose the weightings between those two years.


The choices of weightings will be from:


  1. 70% Final Year, 30% Second Year
  2. 60% Final Year, 40% Second Year