The degree of MPharm may only be awarded with Honours. Students must have passed ALL of the modules that constitute the MPharm programme.
The Honours classification for the MPharm will be decided on the basis of the student’s performance at Level 3 and the M Level of the MPharm programme, which will normally include a contribution from Level 2, using the system described below.
60% M Level mean : 30% Level 3 mean : 10% Level 2 mean
The mean mark from the M Level modules, the Level 3 modules, and normally the Level 2 modules, will be averaged in a ratio of 6010 to give a final percentage, from which the degree classification will be derived as indicated below:
Students who fail any module in Levels 3 and 4 of the programme may not be awarded a first class degree irrespective of the calculation outlined above. Students will be awarded a 2.1 if they have a mark over 70% but have repeated a module in either level.
Students who do not achieve the criteria for the award of Third Class Honours in the MPharm will be awarded the B.Sc. (Hons.) Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences, the classification of which is calculated under University of Sunderland regulations, but which may include M Level modules.
Viva voce examinations may be conducted after the M Level examinations, usually in the presence of one or more external examiners, to provide a failed student, who has a fail mark in one element of assessment at M Level within 5% of the pass mark in that one module only, the opportunity to display satisfactory knowledge in that element of assessment, and in general across the programme, such that a pass mark may be awarded for the oral defence resulting in an overall pass mark for that module. It is anticipated that this will be utilised for OSCE and/or numeracy examinations only and not for written elements of assessment.
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