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The Deans' List Award

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The Deans’ List is an annual award for academic excellence promoted by the Deans of the University.

The Deans are keen to reward the excellence and ambition of the very highest achievers and are certain that future employers and other educational institutions will take a close interest in graduates with one or more Deans’ List citations to their name.

The Deans encourage all students to work towards this award, an honour which will appear on their University transcript.

The Deans' selection is final and there will be no right of appeal.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students who achieve an outstanding overall result in the course of any academic year will be eligible to be nominated to the Deans’ List.

Criteria

The criteria for the award are strict. Only students taking no fewer than 120 credits counting towards an approved degree programme over the course of an academic year will be eligible and all credits have to be taken within the Faculties of St Andrews.  Incoming students from other universities will be eligible provided they meet all other criteria.

Students with any trailing credits, or taking reassessments in a given year, are automatically disqualified and anyone who receives a 0X in any module will immediately become ineligible for that year.

Any student who meets all these conditions and who obtains a credit-weighted mean grade of 16.5 or above for the year will be recorded on the Deans' List.

The rules will be adapted for part-time students, or students who have to take a semester of leave of absence for medical or personal reasons, who must achieve the minimum credit-weighted mean of 16.5 in the pro-rata equivalent of 120 credits over the course of an academic year.

The calculation of grades and selection of students for the list will take place over the summer, and students will be informed of their selection in a letter from the Dean of their Faculty (Arts/Divinity, Medicine or Science).

Taught Postgraduate Students

Students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Taught Masters programmes who achieve an outstanding overall result are eligible for the Deans' List at the point of award or graduation. 

Criteria

The criteria for the award are strict. Only students who successfully complete their intended award will be eligible and all credits have to be taken within the Faculties of St Andrews.  

Students who have taken reassessments are automatically disqualified, and anyone who receives a 0X in any module will immediately become ineligible.

Any student who meets all these conditions and who obtains a St Andrews GPA, the credit-weighted mean of all grades awarded from both taught and dissertation modules (where applicable), of 16.5 or above will be recorded on the Deans' List.

The selection of students for the list will take place at the point of award and students will be informed of their selection in a letter from the Dean of their Faculty (Arts/Divinity, Medicine or Science).

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