Undergraduate Qualification Awards

Higher Education qualifications

Undergraduate Qualification Awards

Undergraduate Qualification Awards

Higher Education qualifications


There are a range of awards and qualifications on offer at Ulster University.

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

A Certificate of Higher Education is a level 4 undergraduate qualification worth 120 credit points. It is awarded after one year of full-time study (or equivalent) at university or other higher education institution.

Non-honours Degree

A non-honours degree is a level 6 undergraduate qualification worth 360 credit points. It can also be referred to as an ordinary degree and is awarded to students who complete a course without achieving the requirements for 'honours'. Most degrees are either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) depending on the subject studied.

Honours Degree

An honours degree is a level 6 undergraduate qualification worth 360 credit points. It is usually a three year programme (or four if a work placement is completed). Most degrees are either a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) or Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) depending on the subject studied.

Degrees are awarded using a classification system and students can graduate with a first class honours (the highest level), a second class honours (either a 2:1 or 2:2), or a third class honours.

Integrated Master's Degree

An integrated master's degree is a level 7 qualification which combines both undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.

It is worth 480 credit points and is usually completed in four or five years (depending if a work placement is completed).

Integrated master's degrees are typically offered in certain science or technology programmes, with the first two years studied in common with Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) courses.

Most students graduate from an integrated master's programme with a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Engineering (MEng).