pgt "safety net"

UEA has introduced a "safety net" to ensure the impact of covid-19 doesn't negatively affect your final degree outcome.

The following information has been taken from the university's guidance for undergraduate students and is correct as of 14/05/2020. Full details can be found here.

"For PGT students the requirements are:

a) Passing all ‘core’ modules (if you are on a PSRB regulated course this can include passing all modules and all assessments within a module);

b) Achieving a credit weighting average mark for the year of 50%; and

c) Achieving a pass mark in all taught modules, except for up to 40 credits which may be designated compensation*

Note: Compensation is not available if you are on a PSRB regulated course and have to pass all modules.

*The University award regulations for Masters Students allows the Exam Board to use discretion to permit compensation in up to 40 credits of failed modules across assessment and reassessment combined. This means that the marks from modules where you have performed well can compensate for those where you have not. This means that you could receive your Masters award without passing all modules and without undertaking reassessment. Compensation is not available for dissertations.

Classification of Masters Awards

Distinction

For Masters Awards:

Overall aggregate over 180 credits of at least 70% for the whole course 

For MFA Award:

Overall aggregate over 360 credits of at least 70% for the whole course

Merit

For Masters Awards:

Overall aggregate over 180 credits of between 60% - 69% for the whole course

For MFA Award:

Overall aggregate over 360 credits of between 60% - 69% for the whole course

 

Awards for students within 2% of Merit and Distinction are determined as follows:

Overall aggregate over 180 credits (Masters) or 360 credits (MFA) within 2% of the borderline of the higher PLUS Credits Outcome
68% - 69% At least 50% of credits at 70% or above Distinction
58% - 59% At least 50% of credits at 60% or above Merit

 

On 3 April 2020 an additional ‘safety-net’ was introduced which means that Boards will have the discretion to uplift you to the next category dependent on your performance prior to 13 March. 

In summary:

a) Exam Boards can compensate up to 40 credits of failed modules (for non PSRB regulated courses)

AND

b) For all students whose overall aggregate falls below the usual 2% borderline for a Merit of Distinction, Exam Boards can recommend a Masters with Merit or Distinction depending on your performance prior to 13 March 2020."

If you have any more questions and would like to discuss your particular situation with an advisor, get in touch via our online contact form here.

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