NUST Zimbabwe Postgraduate Grading System

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NUST Zimbabwe Postgraduate Grading System

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NUST Zimbabwe is one of the prestigious universities in Zimbabwe. Like other universities of higher learning, they have a system of grading for the various programs offered in the university.

NUST Zimbabwe Postgraduate Grading System


Postgraduate diplomas and Masters Degrees by Coursework shall be awarded in the categories; distinction, merit, credit and pass.

The following Grading Scheme shall be used for the Modules and Programmes:

80% and above –           DISTINCTION  (D)

70% – 79%        –           MERIT           (M)

60% – 69%        –           CREDIT         (C)

50% – 59%        –           PASS             (P)

Below 50%        –           FAIL               (F)



The Master of Philosophy Degrees shall not be classified.


The Doctor of Philosophy Degrees shall not be classified.


The Higher Doctorate Degrees shall not be classified.

  • Normally, evaluation shall be based on continuous assessment, dissertation and formal examinations. The percentage allocation of each component of the assessment shall be set by the Senate on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Board;
  • Satisfactory completion of modules may require submission of written work, attendance at lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial attachment and other activities as stated in the Faculty Regulations;
  • Each Department shall determine which items of the module shall be included in the continuous assessment and shall define the relative weighting assigned to each item.  Each Department shall inform the students of these details at the beginning of the module and shall maintain written records of each student’s performance in these elements of continuous assessment. Items incorporated in the continuous assessment include assignments, tests, essays and projects;
  • External Examiners shall be appointed to moderate all formal examinations;
  • All matters relating to the conduct of formal examinations shall be the responsibility of the Registrar;
  • To be admitted to any formal examination, a candidate shall:-
*be registered as a student of the University in accordance with the General Academic Regulations;
*have satisfactorily completed approved modules of study at the University.
  •  Exclusion from a formal examination shall require the authority of the Senate.
  • The Examiners may require any candidate to attend an oral examination and/or write a special  examination.
  • The following Credit Accumulation regulations shall apply to all Modules and   Programmes:
  • A Credit shall be equivalent to 10 notional study hours of learning.
  • All programmes offered by the University shall use an academic credit allocation system approved from time to time by the Senate. The University shall adopt the following SADC qualification framework as prescribed by the Zimbabwe Council for  Higher Education for all programmes offered:
  • A student who completes a module shall be awarded the credits approved for the module at the assigned level.
Award of Credit
A student who passes a module shall be awarded the approved credit for that module.

Credit Accumulation and Degree Qualification
A student shall progressively accumulate credits for modules that they successfully complete. A Student shall be required to accumulate sufficient credits to progress through the programme and shall be required to gain the total credits required for the award of the degree qualification as prescribed in the Faculty Regulations.

Accreditation of Prior Learning
A student who is exempted from the first year of study shall be awarded credit determined by the Faculty recognising prior learning that matches the learning outcomes of the
programme gained from an accredited institution and relevant work experience.


A candidate shall submit to the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee, the title of his/ her thesis for approval by Senate at least six months before final submission of the thesis. After the title
has been approved, it may not be changed except with the permission of the Senate.

The Supervisor and the Chairman of the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee shall satisfy themselves that the thesis is in a form suitable for submission for examination and that, where items of coursework have been set, the candidate has satisfactorily completed these items. Four copies of the thesis, in loose-bound form shall be submitted to the Deputy Registrar (Academic Affairs).
  • After completing the study, a student shall submit a thesis which should comply with the following conditions:
  • The greater portion of the work submitted shall have to be done by the student after registration for the degree.
  • The presentation of the thesis shall be of an acceptably high standard.
  • A Master of Philosophy thesis shall provide evidence that the candidate has mastered relevant research techniques, has shown scholarship, has developed a capacity for criticism of his/her own and other work, and has widened his/her knowledge and understanding of literature of his field of study.
  • A Doctor of Philosophy thesis shall constitute an original and substantial contribution to the   advancement of knowledge in the Subject chosen, and show evidence of a   greater depth of scholarship than that required for the Master of Philosophy degree described above.
  • The length of the thesis shall normally be established in consultation with the Supervisor and the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • The thesis shall be written in English.
  • The literary form of the thesis shall be satisfactory.
  • The thesis shall consist of the candidate’s own account of his/her research.
  • The thesis may describe work done in conjunction with the candidate’s Supervisor(s), and include material obtained or produced with technical or other assistance, provided that the candidate shall state clearly his/her personal share in the investigation and specifically acknowledge all such assistance. This statement shall be certified by his/her Supervisor and bound as part of the preface of the thesis. Work done jointly with persons other than the candidate’s Supervisor(s) may be accepted as a thesis, or part of a thesis, in certain circumstances, provided the candidate’s share is clearly certified.
  • Work already published, including that published in Joint names, may be included only if it forms an integral part of the thesis. A series of publications alone shall not be acceptable as a thesis.
  • An abstract of the thesis, in single spacing form, not exceeding one page shall be incorporated as part of the preface to the thesis.
  • A candidate shall not be permitted to submit as his/her thesis, a thesis which had been submitted to another university. However, a candidate shall not be precluded from incorporating work which he/she shall indicate on his/her thesis for entry to the examination and also in his/her thesis, any work which has been so incorporated.
  •  9.3.5  The format of the thesis submitted for examination shall be as follows: Typed, or printed, double-spacing form or reproduced therefrom, (except for the abstract which shall be in single-spacing form) in the following format:-
*Size of paper: International A4: (210 mm x 297 mm). No restriction shall be placed on the drawing of maps. 
*There shall be a margin of 40 mm on the left-hand side of the page, to allow for binding, a margin of 10 mm on the right-hand side and a margin of 20 mm at the top and at the bottom of the page.
  • 9.3.6  A candidate may submit as subsidiary matter in support of his/her candidature, any publications or contributions to the advancement of his/her subject which he/she may have published independently or jointly. In the event of a candidate submitting such subsidiary matter, he/she shall be required to state fully his/her own share in any joint work. Where there is a substantial computing content in the thesis, a

    machine readable

    copy of the source programme shall be submitted together with copies of the thesis.
  • 9.3.7  After the completion of the examination process, a candidate shall submit four copies of the successful thesis which shall be bound in accordance with University Regulations.

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