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Progression requirements

Information that explains what you need to achieve each year to be allowed to progress to the next year of your undergraduate degree programme.

If you have any concerns about achieving the necessary progression requirements, you should speak to your Personal Tutor or the Student Learning Advisor, who can talk you through the possible outcomes and offer you advice on your options.

Pre-honours years

To progress to the next year of programme in pre-honours years (that is from Year 1 to Year 2 and Year 2 to Year 3), you must have satisfied both the University of Edinburgh degree programme regulations and the requirements of the Degree Programme Table of your degree programme. The School of Mathematics Progression Boards make the decisions on which students are permitted to progress. 

Undergraduate Degree Programme Regulations: Progression & Permissible Credit Loads (section 36 onwards)

Undergraduate Taught Assessment Regulations 

School of Mathematics Degree Programme Tables 

In general, the School of Mathematics Degree Programme Table requirements states that you must pass the courses which are prerequisites for compulsory courses in the next year of the programme.

Honours years

The progression requirements as stated in pre-honours years apply but note, in particular, the University undergraduate honours assessment progression requirement. This regulation states that you should have passed at least 80 credits and have an overall average of 40% in the relevant honours year.

MMath

Progression requirements for the MMath degree programme can be found here

Year 3

If you do not gain enough credits to continue into Year 4, the default scenario is that you will be transferred to a degree called the BSc Ordinary degree. This is a degree without honours, which means you can resit courses.

For example, if you pass 60 credits in Year 3. That's not enough to progress to Year 4, so you'll be transferred to the Ordinary degree where you can resit exams (in August, but if necessary, the following year too) until you gain a total of 360 credits, the amount required for an Ordinary degree.

If you prefer, you can instead choose to leave with a qualification called the Undergraduate Diploma. Some students have successfully applied to other universities to enter Year 3 of a maths degree, so they can graduate with honours.

More information about ordinary degrees and diplomas (specifically section 120, 121)

Progression decisions

June progression decisions

The general advice is that you should resit all failed causes in the August diet. Your progression decision will be one of the following.

Progress You have fulfilled all requirements.
Conditional progression Your results so far are sufficient to progress to the following year but you have not obtained the required total credits and/or you have not fulfilled the full requirements for your degree detailed at DRPS. You are strongly advised to resit all your failed courses in the August diet so as to avoid the need to take extra credits in the following year. This is particularly the case if you have failed more than 20 credits.
Progression decision deferred, credits needed You currently do not have the required total credits or passes of required courses to progress. To progress next year therefore you need to resit courses in the August diet. Our usual advice is to resit all failed courses in August, but you may find it useful to discuss your options with your Personal Tutor and/or the Student Learning Advisor.
Progression decision deferred, information needed The board needs further information to make a decision.

August progression decisions

Progress You have fulfilled all requirements.
Conditional progression You should discuss your situation with your Personal Tutor or the Student Learning Advisor. It may be more sensible to retake some courses next year with the aim of progressing in a year's time so as to avoid having to take more than 120 credits. This is particularly the case if you are missing more than 20 credits. It may also mean that you cannot progress in your current degree programme but could progress if you change.
No progression, repeat needed You do not have sufficient credits to progress but you have an opportunity to obtain the requisite credits next year with a view to progressing in a year's time. You should discuss your options with your Personal Tutor and/or the Student Learning Advisor. 
Progression decision deferred, information needed The board needs further information to make a decision.

For any other Progression Board Decision, please contact your Personal Tutor or the Student Learning Advisor to discuss.