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FAQs

  1. How does the Academic Unit system work?
  2. What is the CGPA, and how does it differ from the YGPA?
  3. What happens if I get an F grade in a course?
  4. Can I re-attempt a course to improve my grade point average?
  5. What are the requirements to graduate?
  6. What happens if I perform poorly during a given semester?
  7. What is the minimum grade point to be allowed to overload?
  8. What are the criteria to get onto the Dean's List?
  9. How are students who go on Exchange Programs credited?
  10. Is there any special requirement for getting an Honours (Highest Distinction) Degree?

1. How does the Academic Unit system work?

For this an other related questions, please refer to the Academic Unit System Handbook.

2. What is the CGPA, and how does it differ from the YGPA?

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade average of all courses (including failed courses) attempted by a student. The Year Grade Point Average (YGPA) represents the grade average of all courses (including failed courses) attempted by a student in a specific year. Click here for an explanation of how the Grade Point Averages are calculated.

3. What happens if I get an F grade in a course?

If the failed course was a major programme requirement, the student will be obliged to take it again in order to graduate. For a repeated course, both the original F grade and the new grade will be reflected in the transcript. Both grades will also be counted in the computation of YGPA and CGPA — unless the student qualifies for the freshman year GPA exemption.

4. Can I re-attempt a course to improve my grade point average?

Students are not allowed to repeat a course unless the grade received was F or U (unsatisfactory).

5. What are the requirements to graduate?

The requirements are:

  • Successful completion of the major programme's prescribed academic unit requirements, and other requirements (e.g., minimum candidature period). Please refer to the curriculum for your chosen major for details.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.00 at the end of the final semester of study.

6. What happens if I perform poorly during a given semester?

Any student with poor standing will be subjected to an academic performance review. This consists of:

  • An Academic Warning if the CGPA falls below 2.00 during a given semester;
  • Academic Probation if the CGPA falls below 2.00 the following semester;
  • Academic Termination if the CGPA falls below 2.00 for the 3rd consecutive semester, or at the end of the final semester of study.

Any student having difficulty coping with the programme of study is strongly encouraged to contact the School's Student Welfare Unit for assistance and advice.

7. What is the minimum grade point to be allowed to overload?

By NTU policy, a minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required at the end of each semester to be allowed to overload in the subsequent semester. Moreover, an overload of more than 3 AU over the normal maximum load requires school approval.

8. What are the criteria to get onto the Dean's List?

The Dean's list is awarded to the top 5% of students on a yearly basis. To be eligible, a student must attain a YGPA of at least 4.50, and have taken at least 15 AU of graded coursework during the year. The other criteria are decided on by the school.

9. How are students who go on Exchange Programs credited?

Grades and credits earned for courses taken from approved student exchange programmes are not included in GPA calculations or the classification of the degree awarded. However, the credits earned (for passed courses) do count toward AU requirements for fulfilling programme requirements. They are also reflected in the transcript.

10. Is there any special requirement for getting an Honours (Highest Distinction) Degree?

A minimum CGPA of 4.50, and a grade of A- or better for the Final Year Project (FYP), is required for the award of an Honours (Highest Distinction) degree.