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 if you want physical access to our labs. In the current climate, you may prefer to complete your coursework using your own machine entirely while working from the comfort of your own residence or by accessing the School labs remotely via SSH.

If you are working entirely on your own machine, we expect you to backup your work at least every 24 hours. As a registered student, you have access to OnceDrive via Office365 which may suffice for many smaller projects. If you are using SSH to access the lab and are storing your files in the right place on the host machines, then they will automatically be backed up. More details on lab provision can be found here.

Demonstrator support is currently offered using MS Teams with dedicated channels for first year and second year. If you are unsure about the arrangements, please contact the relevant lab leaders for information:

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 circulated to students electornically. 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 (for students entering Honours in 2021/22 the bar has been lowered as indicated here)
  • have 220 credits
  • have met all other relevant Faculty regulations (in particular, have 80 credits at 2000 level)

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)

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

Entry to Honours in 2021/22 only

Note: For students due to enter Honours next year in 2021/22, the grade threshold for automatic entry to Honours is reduced to 7.0 (BSc) and 11.0 (MSci), and the requirement for grades to be achieved at first sitting is removed. See Entry to Honours

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: 20 Jul 2021.