Grading Scale

The University has implemented a common grading scale from Semester 1, 2012. This replaces any grading scales that have been used previously and is applied across the University to all preparatory, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses and across all Faculties.

The University of Canterbury grading scale is:

Grade GPA value Marks
A+ 9

90 - 100

A 8 85 - 89.99
A- 7 80 - 84.99
B+ 6 75 - 79.99
B 5 70 - 74.99
B- 4 65 - 69.99
C+ 3 60 - 64.99
C 2 55 - 59.99
C- 1 50 - 54.99
D 0 40 - 49.99
E -1 0 - 39.99

A pass is 50 marks and over.

Non-numerical grades

Grade GPA value Definition
P n/a Pass
F n/a Fail
S n/a Special Pass
R 1 Restricted Pass#
X -3 Dishonesty
I n/a Incomplete*

#   In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which shall be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.
*   Used for abandoned PhDs or where a Masters has been awarded instead of a PhD.

Frequently asked questions

Contacts

For more information, please contact your Lecturer, Dean or Samantha Eason, samantha.eason@canterbury.ac.nz

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