Academic system and grading scale
At LTH each semester is divided into two study periods. Usually, there is a one-week exam period at the end of each study period. It is not unusual for a course to run over two study periods and be followed by an exam at the end of the course.
Various forms of assessment are used: written invigilated exams (most common), oral exams, presentations, and take-home exams.
We use two different grading scales at LTH. The grades are criterion-referenced, i.e. awarded in relation to the student’s performance relative to the learning objectives set out in the course syllabus. The grades are given based on how well the student fulfil the objectives of the course and not on how well the student performs in relation to other students. We do not use grade point average (GPA) at LTH.
Most courses use a grading scale that comprises, from the lowest to the highest, four levels: fail, 3 (three), 4 (four) or 5 (five). On the course syllabus it is marked as TH.
Some courses are only graded "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd” (Pass). On the course syllabus it is marked as UG.
School of Architecture
All courses in Architecture use the grading scale "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd” (Pass).
School of Industrial design
The four-level grading scale (fail, 3, 4 or 5) - on the course syllabus marked as TH- and the two-level scale "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd” (Pass) - on the course syllabus marked as UG - are both used.
No grade is given for the degree project. The grading scale only includes the grade "Underkänd" (Fail) or “Godkänd” (Pass).
Courses at other faculties at Lund University
Students at LTH may also follow courses at other faculties of Lund University. Each faculty decides on their own grading scale.