Chapter 9 - Academic Credit Requirements for Award

Each academic award has a total credit value. The total credit value includes a minimum amount of credit that is required at the academic level of the award and the maximum amount of credit permissible at the lowest academic level.

Table 1 - Pre-undergraduate Awards

Pre-undergraduateNQF level of awardNominal FTE period of studyTotal passed credit  for awardNormal credit value per stageRange of academic levelsMaximum credit passed at lowest levelMinimum credit passed at level of award
Foundation Certificate (FdCert) 3 9 months 120 120 2 and 3 30 at level 2 90 at level 3
Fast track Foundation (FdCert) 3 6 months 120 120 2 and 3 20 at level 2 100 at level 3

Table 2 - Undergraduate Awards

UndergraduateNQF level of awardNominal FTE period of studyTotal passed credit  for awardNormal credit value per stageRange of academic levelsMaximum credit passed at lowest levelMinimum credit passed at level of award
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) 4 9 months 120 120 4-6 120 at level 4 90 at level 4
Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) 5 21 months 240 120 4-6 150 at level 4 90 at level 5
Certificate in Education (Further Education) 5 18 months 120 60 4-5 30 at level 4 90 at level 5
Foundation Degree (FD) 5 21 months 240 120 4-5 150 at level 4 90 at level 5
Honours Degree (BA, BBL, BClinSci, BEng, BSc, LLB) (3 years) 6 33 months 360 120 4-7 150 at level 4 90 at level 6
Ordinary Degree (BA, BClinSci, BEng, BSc, LLB) (3 years)14 6 33 months 300 120 4-7 150 at level 4 60 at level 6

Honours Degree (Languages/European Study/with Industrial Placement or Experience/International Study/Advanced Medical Studies) (4 years with year out at stage 2 or 3)

6 45 months 480 120 4-7 150 at level 4 210 at level 6

Honours Degree (Degree Apprenticeship) (4 years)

6 n/a 360 90 4-6 120 at level 4 120 at level 6

Honours Degree (Degree Apprenticeship) (5 years)

6 n/a 360 75 (Stage 1-4) 60 (Stage 5) 4-6 120 at level 4 120 at level 6
Ordinary Degree (Languages/European Study/with Industrial Placement or Experience/International Study) (4 years with year out at stage 2 or 3) 6 45 months 420 120 4-7 150 at level 4 180 at level 6
Flexible Combined Honours Degree (3 years) 6 33 months 360 120 4-7 1801 at level 4 90 at level 6
Flexible Combined Honours Degree (Study Abroad/UK Work Experience) (4 years) 6 45 months 480 120 4-7 1801 at level 4 210 at level 6
Flexible Combined Ordinary Degree (3 years) 6 33 months 300 120 4-7 1801 at level 4 60 at level 6
Flexible Combined Ordinary Degree (Study Abroad/UK Work Experience) (4 years) 6 45 months 420 120 4-7 1801 at level 4 180 at level 6
Honours Degree (BA Law)2 6 9 months 120 120 6 n/a 120 at level 6
Ordinary Degree Graduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB0 (2 years) 6 21 months 180 120 5-6 150 at level 5 60 at level 6
Honours Degree Graduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB)3 6 21 months 240 120 5-6 150 at level 5 90 at level 6
Intercalated Honours Degree (BA, BEng, BSc)4 6 9 months 120 120 4-7 30 at level 4 90 at level 6
BMBS (PCMD)5 6 57 months 600 120 4-6 120 at level 4 360 at level 6
Honours Degree (BMedSci) (PCMD)6 6 48 months 360 120 4-6 120 at level 4 120 at level 6
BMBS (UEMS)7 6 57 months 625

120 for stages 1-4

145 for stage 5

4-6 150 at level 4 355 at level 6
Honours Degree (Medical Studies) (UEMS)8 6 33 months 360 120 4-6 150 at level 4 90 at level 6
Integrated Masters Honours Degree (MEng/MGeol/MLibArts/MMath/MPhys/MPol/MSci)14 7 45 months 480 120 4-7 150 at level 4 210 at level 6 or higher of which at least 120 must be level 7
Integrated Masters Honours Degree with Study Abroad (MEng/MGeol/MLibArts/MMath/MPhys/MPol/MSci) 7 57 months 600 120 4-7 150 at level 4 210 at level 6 or higher (excluding credit gained from the year abroad) of which at least 120 must be level 7
Graduate Certificate (GradCert) 6 9 months 60 60 4-7 15 at level 4 or 5 45 at level 6
Graduate Diploma (GradDip) 6 9 months 120 120 4-7 30 at level 4 or 5 90 at level 6
Integrated BEng Honours Degree (4 years) 6 45 months 480 120 2-6 30 at level 2 90 at level 6

Table 3 – Taught Postgraduate Awards

Taught postgraduateNQF level of awardNominal FTE period of studyTotal passed credit for awardNormal credit value per stageRange of academic levelsMaximum credit passed at lowest levelMinimum credit passed at level of award
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 7 4 months 60 60 4-7 15 at level 4,5 or 6 45 at level 7
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (including Exeter School Direct) 7 9 months 60 60 7 n/a 60 at level 7
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education_ (PGCE – PCE) – Exeter College 7 9 months 120 120 6-7 n/a 60 at level 7
National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordibnation 7 12 months 60 60 7 n/a 60 at level 7
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 7 9 months 120 120 4-7 30 at level 4,5 or 6 90 at level 7
Masters degree, including intercalated (LLM/MA/MBA/MEd/MPA/MSc/MRes) 7 9-12 months 180 180 4-7 30 at level 4,5 or 6 150 at level 7
Juris Doctor (JD) - HKUST (2 years plus 1 module studied pre-arrival) 7 60 Months (of which the last 24 are based in Exeter) 330 150 5-7 150 at level 5 30 at level 7
Master of Laws (LLM) – HKUST 7 60 Months (of which the last 24 are based in Exeter and the last 12 count towards the award of LLM) 180 180 7 30 at level 4,5 or 6 150 At Level 7
Master of Fine Arts 7 24 months 360 180 6-7 60 at level 6 300 at level 7
Certificate in Advanced Study9
7 9 months 30 30 7 n/a 30 at level 7
Master of Clinical Research (MClinRes)10 7 12-24 months 180 180 8 n/a n/a
Master of Education (MEd)11 7 9-36 months 180 180 8 n/a n/a
Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (PracCertIP) 7 10 months 45 45 7 45 at level 7 45 at level 7

Table 4 - Credit-rated Graduate Research Awards

Credit-rated graduate researchNQF level of awardNominal FTE period of studyTotal passed credit  for awardRange of academic levelsMaximum credit passed at lowest levelMinimum credit passed at level of award
Doctor of Education (EdD) 8 48 months 540 8 n/a 540 at level 8
Doctor of Educational Psychology (DEdPsy), Doctor in Clinical Research (DClinRes), Doctor in Clinical Practice (DClinPrac), Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) 8 36 months 540 8 n/a 540 at level 8
Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Offshore Renewable Energy12 8 48 months 720 8 n/a 720 at level 8

Table 5 - Non-credit-rated Graduate Research Awards

Non-credit-rated graduate researchNQF level of awardNominal FTE period of studyTotal passed credit  for awardRange of academic levelsMaximum credit passed at lowest levelMinimum credit passed at level of award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Engineering (EngD)  8 48 months  n/a  n/a  n/a 
Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Surgery (MS)  8 36 months  n/a  n/a  n/a 
PhD by Publication  8 24 months  n/a n/a  n/a 
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)  7 36 months  n/a  7 n/a  n/a 
Master of Arts by Research and Master of Science by Research (MbyRes), MPhil by Publication  7 24 months  n/a  n/a  n/a 
MbyRes by Publication  7 12 months   n/a n/a  n/a 
Doctor of Divinity (DD), Doctor of Engineering (DEng), Doctor of Laws (LLD), Doctor of Letters (DLitt) and Doctor of Science (DSc)13 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

FCH students, with the permission of the FCH Director or the Head of Discipline or delegated representative, usually the Director of Education, are allowed to take up to 180 credits at level 4. The FCH provision exists mainly so that FCH students can start a new subject area after year one or, for example, take a level 4 compulsory module that could not be taken in year one because of timetabling constraints.
2 This one year BA Law programme is only available to students who have gained the Flexible Combined Honours with Law degree from the University of Exeter.
3 The Graduate LLB programme allows graduates to undertake a two year accelerated conversion programme which leads to a qualifying LLB law degree.
4 Intercalated programmes are only available to students who have completed at least two years of the BMBS at the University of Exeter Medical School, or equivalent at another appropriate medical institution.
5 The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) BMBS programme will become obsolete after the 2016/7 academic year.
6 The PCMD BMedSci award is only available as an exit award from the PCMD BMBS programme following failure in either stage 4 or 5, with the award classification based on credits obtained in stages 2 and 3. It will become obsolete after the 2016/7 academic year.
7 The UEMS BMBS programme commenced in the 2013/4 academic year and the first awards are expected to be made in 2017/8.
8 The UEMS BSc (Hons) in Medical Studies award is only available as an exit award from the UEMS BMBS programme following completion of stage 3, with the award classification based on credits obtained in stages 2 and 3.
9 The Certificate in Advanced Study is awarded on successful completion of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme.
10 The MClinRes is only available as an exit award from the DClinRes programme.
11 Where the MEd is awarded as an exit award from the EdD programme.
12 The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Offshore Renewable Energy is a jointly awarded programme with the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde.
13 Higher Doctorate Awards.
14 For Nursing programmes offered by the College of Medicine and Health, please see the Special Provisions information for further guidance.

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