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Credit Parameters 

This information relates to the minimum or maximum number of credits a student can be registered on for any given academic year. The total credit requirements for each programme are listed in the relevant Common Awards Core Regulations and summarised in our page on Recommending Awards to DurhamSee our Concessions page for how to seek exceptional exemption from these.  

Student Type

Programme

Credit Requirements

Full-time undergraduate students 

All programmes 

Full-time undergraduate students should normally be registered on 120 credits per academic year 

Part-time students (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate) 

 

Part-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) should be registered on between 40-90 credits per academic year where the total number of credits to be studied exceeds 60 credits.  

Full-time graduate and postgraduate  students 

Graduate Certificate (V60421) 

Full-time students on the Graduate Certificate should be registered on 60 credits in an academic year. 

Graduate Diploma (V60422) 

Full-time students on the Graduate Diploma should be registered on 120 credits in an academic year. 

Postgraduate Certificate (V60414) 

Full-time students on the Postgraduate Certificate should be registered on 60 credits in an academic year. 

Postgraduate Diploma (V60412) 

Full-time students on the Postgraduate Diploma should be registered on 120 credits in an academic year. 

MA (V60407) 

Full-time students on the MA should be registered on 180 credits in an academic year.