There will be various induction sessions in orientation week; see the orientation calendar for details. Attendance at relevant sessions on the Thursday is compulsory, as is the briefing on good academic practice on Friday. Attendance at other sessions is very strongly encouraged.


Jack Cole Laboratory and John Honey Teaching Laboratory are available to students. Details of demonstrator support in these labs will be advertised shortly.

The Quiet Laboratory is also available.

Each individual piece of coursework has its own deadline defined in MMS. After this deadline, lateness penalties apply, and work may not receive formative feedback.

As already described, failure to achieve an overall coursework average of at least 4, taking into account lateness penalties, will result in failing a module without right to reassessment. In coursework-only modules, since no reassessment is available, an overall grade of 7 must be achieved.

See also target feedback timescales.


Most Sub-Honours modules include a weekly one-hour tutorial, normally with about seven students per group. Tutors assess and return practical work, and record attendance at tutorials. Tutorial attendance is a compulsory component in all modules that operate tutorials.

Students should log into MMS by Monday 12:00 noon of week 1 in each semester, and use the Enrolment resource for each module to inform the school of their availability for tutorials. Tutorial groups will be allocated by the School Administrator and posted on the noticeboard outside the John Honey laboratory. Any difficulties that arise with timetable clashes should be reported to the School Administrator.


There are two routes for progression into Junior Honours: automatic and qualified honours entry. To be eligible for automatic honours entry, a student must:

  • have passed each of the requisite 2000 level modules at first attempt, with an average of grade 11 for BSc, and grade 15 for MSci
  • have 210 credits
  • have met all other relevant Faculty regulations (in particular, have 80 credits at 2000 level, and sufficient Science credits)

Students with automatic honours entry are not permitted to trail more than one module into Honours.

Students who do not achieve automatic Honours Entry and wish to enter Honours in a School that permits qualified entry must satisfy the conditions below.

  • have achieved a grade of 4.0 or above in each of the requisite 2000 level modules
  • take the Honours Entry examinations for one or more requisite modules in which they did not previously achieve grade 11.0 or above, such that the conditions for automatic Honours Entry are met when the best grade1 now achieved in each module is considered
  • have gained at least 240 credits
  • have met all other relevant Faculty regulations (in particular, have 80 credits at 2000 level, and sufficient Science credits)

There is no discretion on progression at School level. See also the University documentation:

Requests for Review of Decision for Entry to Honours

Students who fail to meet the requirements for entry to honours and are consequently refused entry to their chosen degree programme and are eligible to request a review of the decision. For additional information and a list of admissible grounds for requesting a review please see the University documentation:

External Examiner

The School’s External Examiner for Sub-Honours is Professor George Coghill of Aberdeen University.

1 Overall grades resulting from Honours Entry examinations are calculated in the same way as for reassessment in the relevant modules. Students who meet these conditions, and all other programme requirements and Faculty regulations, will be given qualified offers into BSc/MA programmes.

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Last Published: 18 May 2020.