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How to work out marking for masters degree

User: Virshininke - 04 April 2017 15:54


Does anyone know how final marking work out to determine what grade you get for your Masters degree? I know that 8 modules are worth 15 credits each and Dissertation is 60. Does what mean I can calculate my final mark by adding all the grades I got and dividing it by 9, or is it more complicated? I did ask a few tutors however noone is replying back, and because I am a distance learner I don't get to just go in and ask anyone. There is no info about this on uni website.

User: bewildered - 04 April 2017 17:05

Check your programme handbook, but if not there: on your uni website search for university regulations. The one you want will be called exam conventions or similar.

User: bewildered - 04 April 2017 17:06

PS Sorry i forgot to add the rules vary quite a bit from place to place so no-one other than your uni documents can say for sure.

User: TreeofLife - 05 April 2017 11:36

You can't divide it by 9 because your dissertation is worth 60 credits and your other 8 modules are worth 15. Your dissertation is therefore worth 4 times as much as your other modules individually.

But you still need to check your handbook or similar because there are often rules that say something like 'distinction - 70%+ average but only if 65% is achieved in all modules".

User: Virshininke - 05 April 2017 12:39

I did check the handbook as well as uni website, but there is no mentioning of anythingthing about Level 7 apart from what % you need for Pass, merit and disticntion. There is no explanation on how to calculate the %.

User: TreeofLife - 05 April 2017 13:18

Ok, so you basically work it out like this.

Average your marks for your 15 credit units, let's say you got 63%. That's worth 120 credits.

Then let's say you got 70% for your 60 credit unit.

So, you effectively got 63% for two thirds of your masters mark and 70% for one third.

So, 63 + 63 + 70 = 65%.

User: Kahn - 06 April 2017 18:46

Hello. If your mark is based on a general average, as was mine, then you calculate like this: 8 modules are worth 15 credits and the dissertation is worth 60 credits. The total credits are 180. However, you can simply think of the dissertation as being 4 15 credit modules. Therefore, add the marks of your 8 modules, then add your dissertation mark (multiplied by four) and divide that sum by 12. This should be your mark.

I made an excel spreadsheet last year during my MSc to calculate final mark and how much I would need in my dissertation but I don't know how to attach it here. You just have to enter your module marks and it tells you how much you need in the dissertation as well as calculating your final mark.

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