AUT - Award of Honours and Distinction

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Award of Honours and Distinction

Students may graduate with honours or distinction if an outstanding level of achievement is reached throughout the duration of their postgraduate programme.

A student who completes the requirements for a masters degree with an independent research project of at least 40 points, within the normal time limits, and is not required to re-submit a thesis/dissertation, may be awarded the degree with honours.

A student who completes the requirements of a degree without a research component of at least 40 points within the normal time limits allowed may be awarded the degree with distinction or merit.

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A full description of guidelines and processes can be found in the AUT University Postgraduate Handbook

Honours

The award of honours may be made in the following classes:

Honours (First Class)

Awarded to students who complete all coursework and the thesis/dissertation examination within the A grade range.

Students who achieve first class honours bring intellectual rigour, excellence and insight to their work and reliably and consistently demonstrate an excellent level of synthesis and critique in relation to a depth of specialist knowledge and its impact in the broad context of their discipline.

Honours (Second Class, First Division)

This will normally be awarded to students who complete all course work and the thesis/dissertation examination within a B+ grade point average.

Students who achieve second class honours, first division, demonstrate an insightful approach to the key issues and debates in their discipline. The work demonstrates a high level of understanding, synthesis, and critique of the issues and thinking.

Honours (Second Class, Second Division)

This will normally be awarded to students who complete all course work and the thesis/dissertation examination within a grade range of B to B-.

Students who achieve second class, second division honours demonstrate an insightful approach to the key issues and debates in their discipline. The work demonstrates good understanding, synthesis, and critique of the main issues and thinking.

Distinction and Merit

Distinction

The degree will be awarded with distinction where overall achievement falls within the A grade range.

Merit

The degree will be awarded with merit where overall achievement is a B+ grade point average.
Last updated: 14-Feb-2014 7.01pm

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