ExamsExam boards & results FAQs

Results of final module assessments will be available in Pegasus. They can be found in the Curriculum History.

Unapproved marks are module marks that are subject to examination board ratification. These will only be available in Pegasus until the exam boards begin in May. They will not be visible until they're released as approved marks, after the relevant examination board meetings.

Like module results, your exam board decision will now be available in Pegasus. They can be found in Curriculum History.

Your decisions and results will all be available in Curriculum History. Here you'll be able to see the exam board decision. You'll also be able to download a PDF result letter with more detail about what your decision means for you.

The latest approved module results and exam board decision will also be accessible on the Strathclyde Mobile App.

You'll receive a push notification from the Strathclyde Mobile App page. This will advise that a new exam board decision has been released to Pegasus and is available to be viewed.

If you still need to download the app, please do so now if you wish to receive these push notifications.

For decisions made before November 2019 you will still be able to see your decisions and module results in Curriculum History, but they are not available as a PDF.

An exam board is a committee. They are responsible for considering and approving module results. They also make progress decisions. They can determine awards eligibility, based on a given programme's academic regulations. This ensures academic quality across all programmes.

There are several types of academic committees. It depends on the programme level and type of study. More details are given below.

Board of Examiners

A Board of Examiners is typically composed of a Board Convenor, who is a senior member of the Faculty staff. There are also members of staff who have taught on your programme, as well as an External Examiner from another institution.

It's their task to recommend whether a student is permitted to proceed to the next year of study. Or, if appropriate, be awarded an attainment on the basis of their performance.

Undergraduate Boards of Examiners usually meet twice during the session. This is typically in May/June & August.

Postgraduate Boards of Examiners generally meet twice during the session. This is typically May & September/October.

Some programmes may have more meetings. Or they may have meetings at different times during the academic year. If you're in any doubt about when your Board of Examiners meets, contact your Department or School.

External Examining of Taught Programmes: see Procedure and Guidelines for External Examiners of Taught Programmes (pdf).

Postgraduate Research Exam Committee

The Postgraduate Research Exam Committee normally has a Committee Convener. There is also an Internal Examiner and an External Examiner. The supervisor may also attend but in a non-voting capacity. A viva voce (an oral examination) will normally be held for Doctoral candidates. It may be required for some Masters candidates.

Instructions for Format and Submission of Thesis are found on the downloads for students web page.

Students can be informally notified of the outcome shortly after the viva voce examination. Usually, this is done by their supervisor/Department/School. Once the outcome has been processed, the student will be notified.

Congratulations on achieving your award!

If your award is a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree, you must enrol for Graduation to get your certificate. You must do this even if you do not wish to attend the ceremony. This ensures we have the correct information to confer your award and produce your certificate.

If you've not already enrolled, visit our Graduation webpage. Here you can enrol and find more information.

If your award is an interim award, and you haven't completed your programme, continue with your coursework or research as expected. Your certificate will be sent out to you.

If your award is a Certificate or Diploma, you are not required to graduate, your award will be conferred and sent out to you.

You do not need to enrol to graduate for an interim award, Certificate or Diploma. But please ensure your personal information is up to date in Pegasus.

It may be that you haven't met the academic requirements. Either for your aimed award or to progress to the next stage of your programme. Or, the Exam Board recognised that you qualified for an alternative award.

The different award decisions are described below.

Aimed award

This is the award aim of the programme you're studying on. For example, BSc with Honours in Chemistry on a BSc with Honours in Chemistry programme

Alternative award

An award that is of the same SCQF level as the aimed award, but in an alternative subject or area. For example, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in History where you were aiming for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in History and Geography.

Or an award with an additional element that doesn’t form part of the named programme. For example, BA Hons in Marketing with International Study on a BA Hons Marketing programme.

Exit award

An award that's of a lower SCQF level than the aimed award. You may have received an exit award if you have opted to leave at an earlier point in your studies. Or if you have not met the academic requirements of your aimed award. For example, a BSc in Chemistry from a BSc with Honours in Chemistry programme.

Interim award

An award that forms part of a programme of study. It's generally awarded during a student’s studies, rather than at the end. For example, a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodology for Business and Management awarded during a Strathclyde Business School PhD programme.

Where there are appropriate grounds, you may wish to request a review of the decision. You can do this by lodging an appeal.

While the outcome of an appeal is pending, you are not permitted to graduate.

When Online Registration is available for the new academic year, please log in to Pegasus to complete Online Registration.

If you have completed the third year of the BA Honours in Business or Humanities & Social Sciences, you may need to select your honours combination. You must do this before you can register online.

In most cases, your first attempt is counted towards your degree programme. In exceptional cases, there may be options available to resit the relevant elements of assessment. You should contact your Department or School for advice.

Any module that was not passed will be added to your curriculum in the next academic year. You'll not attend the failed modules.

You can resit the examinations/assessments for the failed modules at the next available opportunity.

As a student in Academic Suspension, you'll not attend modules during your year of suspension. You are entitled to sit the examinations/assessments for the failed modules at the next available opportunity.

There are no tuition fees payable, although there is a one-off registration charge of £75. You must still register online via Pegasus. Your failed modules will be added to your student record.

If you're in Academic Suspension, you may exceptionally request to attend a reduced number of modules during your period of suspension. This is known as Registration with Attendance. This is subject to approval and not all students are eligible.

Students with a student visa are not eligible to apply for Registration with Attendance. Please contact your Department or School to discuss if this option would be suitable for you.

Registration status & funding implications.

Repeating the whole year is only an option available in exceptional circumstances. This is considered and deemed acceptable by the Board of Examiners or as a result of an Appeal.

There are significant financial implications for repeating a full year. Please contact your Department or School to discuss if this option is available to you.

Registration status & funding implications.

A decision involving a transfer means that you will be transferred to a new programme of study. This may happen immediately, or be applied for the start of the new academic year.

The decision to transfer you to another programme of study could be made for various reasons. You may wish to discuss the reason for your transfer with your Adviser of Studies.

If you have a visa, you can find more information about the implications of a transfer decision.

A change in your programme duration may affect your eligibility for funding.

If you are a sponsored student, contact your financial sponsor for further advice.

If you receive funding from a body, such as SAAS or SFC, seek advice from your funding body on the implications of the change in your programme duration.

If you have a visa you should visit the Exam Board Decisions - implications for visa holders webpage for advice on the implications of the decision on your visa.

Once online registration is available, you will be able to start the Online Registration process. You may need to undertake Provisional Curriculum for your repeating year of study. If in any doubt, you should contact your Department or School for advice.

Important: repeating the year may have significant financial implications. You must discuss these with any financial sponsors you may have. You can talk to the Funding and Financial Support team for advice about the impact on funding from funding bodies such as SAAS and Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland. The team can be contacted by telephone: 0141 548 2753 and email: financial-support@strath.ac.uk

If you have a visa you should visit the Exam Board Decisions - implications for visa holders webpage for advice on the implications of this on your visa.

Registration status & funding implications.

The reason for the decision to withdraw you from your programme of study is detailed on your results letter, which is available to download in PDF from Curriculum History in Pegasus.

If there are appropriate grounds, you may wish to request a review of the decision by lodging an Appeal. Please contact your Department/School, or speak to your Personal Development Adviser for advice.

Students with a visa should refer to Exam Board Decisions - implications for visa holders, as there will be implications for your visa and you'll not be able to stay in the UK.

Registration status & funding implications.

You should contact your Supervisor(s) for advice. You'll no longer be in your writing up period and will return to study. This will impact on the duration of your programme and may have funding and visa implications.

You may have received this decision for a number of reasons, such as:

  • no progress decision is due at the time you received the letter
  • the exam board was missing information (such as module results) required to make a formal decision
  • the exam board is awaiting information from you or a third party before a formal decision can be made

If you're in any doubt, contact your Department/School for further information.

Your Department/School will be able to give you support and academic advice. You may also wish to speak to your Personal Development Advisor or Supervisors.

The Disability and Wellbeing Service runs a number of drop-in and bookable wellbeing sessions and provides a broad range of support to students experiencing emotional, mental health and wellbeing issues. The Disability Advisors in the team offer support to students with a range of disabilities including specific learning difficulties, sensory and physical impairments, chronic health conditions, long-term mental health, Asperger's Syndrome, unseen disabilities and other medical conditions.

Strath Union’s Advice Hub is a free and confidential service where students can get information and advice on everything related to personal, financial, housing or academic matters.

If you have a Student visa and you are concerned about how an exam board decision will impact on your visa sponsorship you can contact the Visa Compliance Team email: visa.compliance@strath.ac.uk. You can also contact the International Student Support Team for visa advice.

All the information that you need about graduation is available on our Graduation webpages, including how to enrol, what you need to do beforehand and what happens on the day.

If your award is a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, then you must enrol for Graduation to get your certificate, even if you do not wish to attend the ceremony. This is to make sure we have the correct information to confer your award and produce your certificate.

Well done on completing your studies! There is a great range of postgraduate taught or research opportunities available for you to continue your studies at the University of Strathclyde. Your Department/School should also be able to give you advice.

Stay connected with Strathclyde and your fellow alumni by connecting with our Alumni Office.

See the appeals web page for details.