Grading studies will be harmonised

The University of Helsinki will adopt a uniform six-grade grading scale in August 2005. The scale runs from zero to five, with zero denoting a fail.

University main building The new scale will be used for assessing completed courses in the first-degree and the Bachelor’s thesis. The old scale from zero to three, with half-grades and plusses and minuses will be abolished.

Master’s thesis will be assessed according to the traditional seven-grade scale in Latin. Practical training and skills courses can also be graded as pass or fail.

Reforming the grading scale is part of the Bologna process, during which European universities will adopt a uniform two-tier degree structure. Finland will adopt the system in August 2005.

During the transitional phase, students may decide whether they want to take their degrees according to the old or new system. However, after changing over to the new system, students may not revert to the old system.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Ida Pimenoff

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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