What is the module system? How will my degree be graded?

Degrees in the United Kingdom: what is the module system and how will my degree be graded?

For international students, the structure of university courses in countries that are not their own might seem confusing.

In the United Kingdom, which is one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students, degrees are awarded based on a system of modules.

Here, we explain what a ?module? is, and how it is used to award grades to students at universities in the UK.

What is a module?

A module is a unit of study, which might last any amount of time ? a number of weeks made up of lectures and seminars, for example, or an entire academic year. You will be graded at the end of each module, and in most cases an average of these grades will lead to your result for the year.

How many modules make a semester, and how many make a full academic year?

The number of modules you will study in one semester or year will vary depending on what degree you are studying, the length of the modules you choose and the flexibility of your course. Some modules might last a few weeks or half a semester, whilst others will last for a full year. This is the same for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

How are degrees in the United Kingdom graded?

Throughout the course of your degree, your tutors will assess you based on various criteria ? including written exams, oral presentations, essays, group work or participation in discussions within the class, amongst other things. These will have different weightings dependent on your particular degree course, but at the end of the year will contribute to your overall grade.

The grade you are awarded will be a percentage, which will correspond to your grade. The usual grading structure for an undergraduate degree is as follows:

First Class Honours
Upper Second Class Honours (2.1)
Lower Second Class Honours (2.2)

For postgraduate degrees, you will be awarded a Distinction, a Merit or a Pass.