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 pre-requisite 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 may be eligible for qualified BSc honours entry, if:

  • they have achieved at least grade 4 in each pre-requisite module
  • they take an Honours entrance examination in each of the pre-requisite modules in which 11 was not previously achieved, and achieve at least grade 13.5 overall in each module (weighted average of exam and existing coursework, as for resits)
  • they have 240 credits
  • they 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:

External Examiner

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

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Last Published: 11 Jan 2018.