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is 62 a good mark for dissertation?

I got my dissertation mark yesterday and I got 62. I am devastated, I got an offer for kings to get 2:1 but I am not sure if I will be able to get in. I put so much work into my dissertation to only get a 62. Im not sure how to feel. Any advice?
First of all, 62% is a great result. It’s in the average mark range for a dissertation (60-69) and 62% is still a 2.1 score (1sts tend to be 100-70, 2.1s 60-69, 2.2 50-59, and the rare 3rds are like 45-49). As long as the rest of your grades are in the 2.1 boundary you should be fine as they would look at overall degree grade award anyway.

I don’t know how it would work for scholarships though. I basically just eked my 1st (with 72% on my dissertation) so I got a partial scholarship based on that - I didn’t apply or anything they just awarded it. So if you’re worried about that I’d maybe start applying for other scholarships you qualify for.

With the dissertation specifically, my supervisor called my dissertation one of the best written ones he’s seen - probably just being really nice tbh - but gave me 72%. I know 2 people who did brilliantly and got 80-90% but they were really rare on my course and I think they did joint degrees.

There’s also a difference between qualitative vs quantitative dissertations - and I think quantitative ones tended to be graded higher as you could build in testing of results and controls. So it could just be the methodology being to simple or something. Or your supervisor and the 2nd one is just a harsh marker. You’ll probably get like a breakdown of where you went wrong.

You might be able to appeal it if you are very unhappy but that’s dependent on your unis system.
Original post by Anonymous
I got my dissertation mark yesterday and I got 62. I am devastated, I got an offer for kings to get 2:1 but I am not sure if I will be able to get in. I put so much work into my dissertation to only get a 62. Im not sure how to feel. Any advice?

What do King's want you to get?
Original post by Anonymous
I got my dissertation mark yesterday and I got 62. I am devastated, I got an offer for kings to get 2:1 but I am not sure if I will be able to get in. I put so much work into my dissertation to only get a 62. Im not sure how to feel. Any advice?

Hi there

I'm sorry to hear that you are not happy with your grade. 62 is a 2:1 grade, and it is quite good!
I understand that the work put into the dissertation may feel disproportionate to your grade, I have also experienced this in terms of some coursework which I have submitted.

I would recommend going to your seminar leader/ marker for some advice, it may be that there are some specific things that they were looking for- it is good to get an idea of this so you can improve in the future. Dissertations are difficult, so do not feel too put down, especially if you have never completed one/ only done a few before. Keep trying and stay positive as 62 is still a really good grade. 🙂

Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
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Original post by ageshallnot
What do King's want you to get?

2:1 and overall grade of 65%
Original post by Anonymous
2:1 and overall grade of 65%

So the issue isn't the actual dissertation mark it's the impact it might have on your overall score? And what is your overall average?

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