Honours

Faculty WAM

The purpose of the Faculty WAM is to assist the Faculty in making a recommendation for honours at the end of a student Bachelor of Engineering degree.

A student Faculty WAM is not calculated until the student have completed all degree requirements, including Industrial Training. The Faculty WAM is calculated automatically from the results in a student program, there are no choices to be made, either by the student or staff.

Courses will be weighted according to the following:

General Education

Level 1 Courses

Level 2 Courses

Level 3 Courses

Level 4 courses

1

1

2

3

4

Note:

  • The Faculty WAM will not be the same as the overall WAM shown on your academic transcript on myUNSW, as the courses in your transcript are all assigned a weighting of 1.
  • For dual degrees, only the courses which count towards the Bachelor of Engineering degree are included in the Faculty WAM calculation.
  • In the event of failure(s) in a course, the first mark obtained is used in the Faculty WAM calculation.
  • Academic Withdrawal (AW) grades will count as fails (returns as 0) in the Faculty WAM calculations.
  • The Faculty WAM is calculated to one decimal place and it not rounded up or down for the purposes of awarding honours.
  • Courses completed at another institution either prior to or during enrolment at UNSW are not used. E.g. cross-institutional, exchange programs or courses for which transfer credit was granted.
  • The year in the degree when a course is actually taken is irrelevant.
Honours Class

Honours in the Bachelor of Engineering degree is awarded for consistent quality performance over the duration of the program. The cut-offs to award honours are as follows:

2015 Onwards

 

Honours Class

Faculty WAM

Thesis Mark

Honours Class 1

80 or greater

65 of greater

Honours Class 2, Division 1

75 or greater

65 of greater

Honours Class 2, Division 2

65 of greater

65 of greater

2014 and Prior

 

Honours Class

Faculty WAM

Thesis Mark

Honours Class 1

75 or greater

65 of greater

Honours Class 2, Division 1

70 or greater

60 of greater

Honours Class 2, Division 2

65 or greater

60 of greater

Pass degree

Below 65

 

The University Medal

The University Medal is the highest honour for undergraduate students at graduation. The University Medal may be recommended for a student where:

  • The student’s Faculty WAM is greater than 85, a thesis mark greater than 65 and no failures; and
  • The student has achieved the highest Faculty WAM for their cohort; and
  • The student’s performance is comparable with previous awards of the University Medal for the student’s cohort.

More information on the University medals and previous winners can be found here