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    I am a fourth year at university, I am applying for a postgrad which is completely unrelated to my bachelors.

    I had a high 70+ for my first year, 67 in my second year and a 69 in my third year.
    I am predicted a first for my degree.

    I know individual subjects wouldn't count, but my lowest grades which have been pulling me down are in "tutorial group" (71, 64, 59)... Would universities not like them?
    5/10 of my grades are 70+ , 2 are 65+, 2 are 60+ and 1 is below 60.


    I am applying for the UCL Msc in Computer Science. In terms of grades, is my application competitive?
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    (Original post by Incongruous)
    I am a fourth year at university, I am applying for a postgrad which is completely unrelated to my bachelors.

    I had a high 70+ for my first year, 67 in my second year and a 69 in my third year.
    I am predicted a first for my degree.

    I know individual subjects wouldn't count, but my lowest grades which have been pulling me down are in "tutorial group" (71, 64, 59)... Would universities not like them?
    5/10 of my grades are 70+ , 2 are 65+, 2 are 60+ and 1 is below 60.

    I am applying for the UCL Msc in Computer Science. In terms of grades, is my application competitive?
    If you get a first overall then that is likely to make those reading your transcript very relaxed about the odd weak subject. If you don't get a first overall you have a bigger problem to worry about.

    Weak individual grades on an overall strong transcript are only likely to worry people if they're consistently in a specialism that is related to whatever you're applying to -- or if you do badly on a final capstone research project/dissertation (but many degrees are structured so that it's difficult to get a first if you do badly on the final project anyway).

    I'm not a computer scientist so I can't comment on whether or not your application will be competitive, but hopefully someone else will be around who can.
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    If you meet the entry requirements and have a strong PS and refs then you'll be fine.
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    Hi all, I have a somewhat related question, plus additional grade 'translation' woes...

    Basically I am graduating next summer and applying for a postgraduate course. The requirement is a high First-Class Honours degree and I would like to know if I meet the requirements or not.

    In my university you get a First-Class Honours degree if your GPA is over 3.68 and the grades I have achieved are 3.67 in year 1 and 3.88 in year 2.

    Only the year 2 and (in progress) year 3 grades count for degree classification, and I have also improved grades every semester, such that I expect to finish with a reasonably high First...but none of this information appears on the official transcript.

    Are the two annual GPAs enough to convince admissions officer that I will graduate with a First? Should I ask a referee to mention only year 2 and 3 count in my university for degree classification (I don't know how it works in the UK)?

    Thank you!!
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    (Original post by DreamByDay)
    Hi all, I have a somewhat related question, plus additional grade 'translation' woes...

    Basically I am graduating next summer and applying for a postgraduate course. The requirement is a high First-Class Honours degree and I would like to know if I meet the requirements or not.

    In my university you get a First-Class Honours degree if your GPA is over 3.68 and the grades I have achieved are 3.67 in year 1 and 3.88 in year 2.

    Only the year 2 and (in progress) year 3 grades count for degree classification, and I have also improved grades every semester, such that I expect to finish with a reasonably high First...but none of this information appears on the official transcript.

    Are the two annual GPAs enough to convince admissions officer that I will graduate with a First? Should I ask a referee to mention only year 2 and 3 count in my university for degree classification (I don't know how it works in the UK)?

    Thank you!!
    PS: Also forgot to mention that I was still learning the language of the country I study in when I started university which affected my grades in the first semester (I got one C+ and only 2 As, rest Bs) but I already say in my personal statement that I started university abroad to learn a new languages, etc. etc.
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    Contact the uni you're applying to to work out how they view your grades. In all likely hood you won't be the first applicant to have studied where you do.
    Please don't try and explain grades on your PS. Let your referee deal with that.


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