Assessment and Feedback

We pride ourselves on delivering useful written and verbal feedback to all of our students.

Whenever you complete and hand-in a written piece of work, you will receive feedback on its good and bad points, and guidance on how you can improve further. 

In some cases, this work will be assessed towards your degree mark (eg examinations, practical work and assessed workshops).

In other cases the work, and feedback on it, is primarily intended to assist your own personal development (eg for tutorials and workshops, each week, written work is marked and returned giving our students prompt feedback on performance and understanding).

For some modules, presentations are assessed.

  • In Year 1, the split of written examinations to continuous assessment is 75:25
  • For Year 2-4 option modules, the split of written examinations to continuous assessment is 70:30  

For examinations, there is the opportunity to resit end-of-module examinations. The marks you achieve in the first year of the course do not count towards your degree result.

For our 3-year BSc degrees, the marks you achieve in your second and third year will determine your degree classification - the weighting is

  • 40% for the second year 
  • 60% for the third year
  • Typically, the split of written examinations to continuous assessment over years two and three is 72:28

For our 4-year MChem degrees, the marks you achieve in your second, third and fourth year will determine your degree classification - the weighting is

  • 25% for the second year
  • 37.5% for the third year
  • 37.5% for the fourth year.
  • Typically, the split of written examinations to continuous assessment over years two, three and four is 57:43

In the fourth year, your research project is the most important contribution and this is assessed by a combination of supervisor assessment, a written report and a presentation followed by a discussion.