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Degree Awarding Criteria

General Degree – Three year

To be eligible for the B.Sc. (General) Degree, a student must ‘complete’ a minimum of 90 credits with at least 30 credits from each of Level I, Level II and Level III.

For physical science students, at least 48 credits of these should be from the core units with a minimum of 6 credits each from three main subjects (7 in the case of Chemistry, total 18-19) at each of Levels I and II, and 6 credits each from two main subjects (total 12) at Level III.

For biological science students, at least 54 credits of these should be from the core units with a minimum of 7 credits each from three main subjects (total 21) at each of Levels I and II, and 6 credits each from two main subjects (total 12) at Level III.

Furthermore, a student must have,

  • obtained a grade not lower than C in courses aggregating to a minimum of 72 academic credits, with a minimum of 24 academic credits in each of Levels I, II, and III,
  • obtained no grade of NC (not complete), subject to the proviso that, in the event of the candidate being unable to sit for the final examination of a course unit for approved medical or other unavoidable reasons during his/her final year only, a mark of zero may be assigned to such final examination at the request of the candidate and with the approval of the Faculty Board, the course unit considered completed, and the overall mark computed and the final Grade assigned on that basis, this proviso being applicable for course units totaling no more than 6 credits,
  • obtained grades of F in no more than 6 credits,
  • obtained a grade of S (Satisfactory) or better in Enhancement Course Units totaling a minimum of 4 credits,
  • Obtained a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.00,
  • Completed the relevant requirements within a period of six academic years.

Award of Honours

  • First Class

A student shall be awarded First Class Honours provided that he/she has,

    1. obtained grades not lower than C in academic course units aggregating to at least 80 academic credits,
    2. obtained a minimum GPA of 3.60,
    3. completed the relevant requirements within a period of three consecutive academic years.
  • Second Class (Upper Division)

A student shall be awarded Second Class (Upper Division) Honours provided that he/she has,

    1. obtained grades not lower than C in academic course units aggregating to at least 75 academic credits,
    2. obtained a minimum GPA of 3.30,
    3. completed the relevant requirements within a period of three consecutive academic years.
  • Second Class (Lower Division)

A student shall be awarded Second Class (Lower Division) Honours provided that he/she has,

    1. obtained grades not lower than C in academic course units aggregating to at least 75 academic credits,
    2. obtained a minimum GPA of 3.00,
    3. completed the relevant requirements within a period of three consecutive academic years.

Honours Degree – Four Year

To be eligible for the BSc Honours Degree, a student must ‘complete’ a minimum of 120 credits with at least 30 credits from each of Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV. For physical science students, at least 36 credits of these should be from the core units with a minimum of 6 credits each from three main subjects (7 in the case of Chemistry, total 18-19) at each of Levels I and II. For biological science students, at least 42 credits of these should be from the core units with a minimum of 7 credits each from three main subjects (total 21) at each of Levels I and II.

Level III and IV credits must be from the course units specified for the respective special degree programme, and should include a Research Project in Level IV.

Furthermore, a student must have

  • obtained a grade not lower than C in courses aggregating to a minimum of 96 academic credits, with a minimum of 24 academic credits in each of Levels I, II, III, and IV,
  • obtained no grade of NC (not complete), subject to the proviso that, in the event of the candidate being unable to sit for the final examination of a course unit for approved medical reasons during his/her final year only, a mark of zero may be assigned to such final examination at the request of the candidate and with the approval of the Faculty Board, the course unit considered completed, and the overall Mark computed and the final Grade assigned on that basis, this proviso being applicable for course units totaling no more than 8 credits,
  • obtained grades of F in no more than 8 credits,
  • obtained a grade of S (Satisfactory) or better in Enhancement Course Units totaling a minimum of 4 credits,
  • fulfilled any other requirements approved by the Faculty Board for a given four year Special degree, e.g., professional requirements,
  • obtained a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.00,
  • completed the relevant requirements within a period of six academic years.

Award of Honours

  • First Class

A student shall be awarded First Class Honours provided that he/she has,

    1. obtained grades not lower than C in academic course units aggregating to at least 105 academic credits,
    2. obtained a minimum GPA of 3.60,
    3. completed the relevant requirements within a period of three consecutive academic years.
  • Second Class (Upper Division)

A student shall be awarded Second Class (Upper Division) Honours provided that he/she has,

    1. obtained grades not lower than C in academic course units aggregating to at least 100 academic credits,
    2. obtained a minimum GPA of 3.30,
    3. completed the relevant requirements within a period of three consecutive academic years.
  • Second Class (Lower Division)

A student shall be awarded Second Class (Lower Division) Honours provided that he/she has,

    1. obtained grades not lower than C in academic course units aggregating to at least 100 academic credits,
    2. obtained a minimum GPA of 3.00,
    3. completed the relevant requirements within a period of three consecutive academic years.

Special Requirements - BSc Honours in Pharmacy

The BSc Honours in Pharmacy is a professional degree, which qualifies graduates to practice the profession of Pharmacy. To be eligible for this degree, a student must have obtained a C grade in each of the following units, in addition to the criteria specified for the award of a Special Degree.

Level III

  1. CH 3071 – Pharmaceutics I
  2. CH 3024 – Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  3. CH 3074 – Pharmacology I

Level IV

  1. CH 4070 – Pharmaceutics II
  2. CH 4071 – Pharmacology II
  3. CH 4075 – Pharmaceutical Law and Ethics

Option of reverting to the General Degree

A student reading for a BSc Honours Degree may request for the award of the BSc three-year general degree, upon satisfying the requirements for the award of the BSc three year general degree, subject to the proviso that the requirement for completing 6 credits in each of two main subjects in Level III may be waived with the approval of the Faculty Board. A written request should be made to the Dean of the Faculty at the end of the third year or within two weeks of the release of the Level 4 semester 1 examination results.

Award of the Degree

A student should apply for the award of a Degree on satisfying the requirements. On completion of the B.Sc. General or B.Sc. Special degree, a student is entitled to an official transcript giving the grades in the respective course units after the confirmation of results by the University Senate