Classification of the Degree with Honours

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Honours Classification

  • Each Degree with honours shall be conferred with a classification of First Class, Second Class (Upper Division), Second Class (Lower Division) or Third Class save that exceptionally a degree may be conferred without classification.
  • The grade point for each course grade shall be as follows:
Course Grade
Grade Point
A
4.0
A-
3.7
B+
3.3
B
3.0
B-
2.7
C+
2.3
C
2.3
C
2.0
Numeric Course Grade
Converted Grade Point
Pass 1
4.0
Pass 2
3.3
Pass 3
2.7
Pass 4
2.0
  • For the purpose of assessing a degree classification, the weighted grade point average (GPA) will be calculated for the best 80 credits (in terms of course grade) of courses at the Higher or Middle level as specified in the programme requirements. 40 of the best 80 credits will be from Higher level courses defined as ‘Group (a) courses’, and the remaining 40 from Higher or Middle level courses defined as ‘Group (b) courses’ which have not already been counted towards Group (a) courses. Group (a) and Group (b) courses may be given different weights in the calculation of the weighted GPA by the programme concerned. The formula for the calculation will be as follows:

                           Sum of the grade point for each of the best 40 credits of Group (a) courses x weight of Group (a) courses +   Sum of the grade point for each of the best 40 credits of the Group (b) courses x weight of Group (b) courses

Weighted GPA =  —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

                                              Total number of credits of Group (a) courses x weight of Group (a) courses +  Total number of credits of Group (b) courses x weight of Group (b) courses

In the case of a student who has completed less than 80 credits of courses in accordance with a prescribed Block Credit Transfer top-up list, the weighted grade point average (GPA) will be calculated for the best 40 credits of Group (a) Higher level courses and the remaining credits of Group (b) Higher or Middle level courses which have not already been counted towards Group (a) courses.

  • To qualify for the award of a particular class of honours, students are required to achieve the required weighted grade point average for the required number of credits of the Group (a) and Group (b) courses listed in the programme requirements:
Honours Classification
Weighted Grade Point Average
First Class
3.50 – 4.00
Second Class (Upper Division)
3.00 – 3.49
Second Class (Lower Division)
2.50 – 2.99
Third Class
2.00 – 2.49