Many thanks to Penwong for posting the original thread.
I'm from Singapore and our degree classification system follows the British one quite closely. A minor difference is that a four-year undergraduate degree here is known as a B.Sc.(Hons), whereas a three-year degree is a B.Sc. There are no MSci (Masters in Science) undergraduate degrees here.
I was just wondering, how easy is it to get a 1st class or 2nd Upper Hons. degree from a good university in the UK?
Here in Singapore, the universities are fairly strict and you practically have to work your as* off in order to get a 2nd Upper. Also, they usually refrain from giving out 1st classes unless you're a "genius equalling Nietzsche or Einstein".
A lot of A-level students from Singapore travel to the UK to study in the universities there every year. I've heard certain (unverified
) rumours from a few sources that UK universities actually hand out 1st class and 2nd Uppers quite liberally
Note that I'm not putting anyone down (it's not my intention at all
), but I'm just trying to hear the facts from the locals...
Btw, I've just graduated with a 2nd Upper and I do hope to study for a postgraduate Masters degree somewhere in London in the near future.
Also, I've had a few friends who got 2nd Lower degrees and they're pretty depressed, partly because it closes a few doors for them.....
Here in Singapore, a degree from the UK is definately worth much more than a similar degree from the local universities, and I've seen people coming back with a degree from the UK and acting like rahs
. I'm exaggerating, but some of them do....
Anyway, this message also clears up the doubts of many people here why so many international students head to the UK every year.