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I'm still far away from Masters and even more from PhD, but how much does undegraduate grades matter? My current situation is a lot of fails and 0s, so how much would that give an appalling impression in the future?

To give a bit of context: the uni here is public and there are no rules about failing or low grades. There are rules about consecutive failures in consecutive semesters, being absent for consecutive semesters and a time limit for completing the credits though.
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I've been looking into PhDs and they mostly seem to ask for a 2:1 or above, but they might look at individual cases. I'm doing a Masters myself, so I couldn't say for sure. Most Masters tend to ask for at least a 2:2. I suppose really it depends where you're planning to apply and how strict they when looking at your undergraduate grades.
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Just checked Warwick's requirements (googled for "2:1 degree" and ended up there). They say that 7.5 in here would be equivalent to 2:1 in UK, 6.5 to 2:2.

Does that mean that if I finish my degree with, say, 5.5 here, I would be required a entirely new degree to meet the 2:1 standard? If I understood it right, that's sad.
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You can get into some UK Masters courses with a 2:2, but you'd seriously struggle with a 3rd.

Whether this applies to International/EU students can vary between universities and courses. However if you're not achieving academically at undergrad level, it does indicate that you might struggle at Masters level. They're much more concentrated and intense than a degree. Certainly a series of undergrad fails and zeros wouldn't suggest a future as a PhD researcher.
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Depends on which country and at which foreign university you are studying right now. But to keep it short: Grades mean everything in the UK, wether your undergraduate was actually academically challenging or not, does not matter. Thus:
a) Will you have a chance with a 2:2? => Very unlikely.
b) Does your bad grades now mean you wouldn't be able to take up a PHD anyway? It totally depends where and at which university you do your undergrad now, because grades and selection methods vary over Europe as well as wether a Master will be more difficult or easier than a undergrad for you, so just work hard and think about a PHD, when it is time for it.
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What do you want to do a masters in? And what year are you in?
Depending on subject, a 2:2 is acceptable in some universities.
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I'm in an atmospheric science program, so probably should be continuing in that in a Masters. But for Masters I'll hardly be doing it abroad.

Year 2 out of 5 required, but with so many failures, won't be completing in the next 3 years.
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I'm sure you can get yourself into a master's degree in some unaccredited university with lots of money, but would you want that?

Depending on which university you go for, 2:2 is OK, 3 is really stretching it, a degree without honours basically means you don't have a degree. But you can have work experience to compensate.
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I have a friend who got into a top RG uni for a masters with a 2:2, but I think it would be a big big struggle if you had a third. If I've read it right you haven't completed you degree yet? Still time to improve your grade then! Don't give up yet
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