United Kingdom

The following information, regarding minimum equivalent qualifications and academic standing, and required credential, is intended as a guideline only and is to be used as a reference for admission purposes only

Admission to Master's Program

Minimum Equivalent Qualifications
For admission to a master’s program, the qualifications listed are normally recognized as equivalent to a Simon Fraser University 4-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall grade of B. Most SFU graduate programs will assess a Bologna compliant degree as equivalent to a four-year degree. Please note: departments may have higher requirements and the assessment of any individual may be subject to additional criteria, including English language scores

Minimum Overall Academic Standing
Second Class Honours, upper Division or ECTS B

Required Credential or Degree
Honours Bachelor's degree (usually 3 year programs) (and Special Bachelor's degree from Ireland). At some universities, Certificate of Advanced Study may be equivalent to a master’s degree

Admission to Doctoral Program

Minimum Overall Academic Standing
Second Class Honours, Upper Division or ECTS B

Required Credential or Degree
Master’s degree


Applicants must arrange for the submission of official statements from the University Registrar indicating program of study, courses taken and grades achieved are required. An attested copy of the degree certificate showing class and division of degree awarded must also be submitted.

To be official, original documents must arrive together in official envelopes which have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.

English Language Proficiency Test

Applicants with a degree from this country are exempt from submitting proof of English Language competency if the degree was completed at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English

Education System

Language(s) of Instruction


Grading System

Classification Scale A

Classification U.S. Grade Equivalent
First Class Honours A
Second Class Honours, Upper Division A-/B+
Second Class Honours, Lower Division B
Third Class Honours B-
Pass C

Classification Scale B

Scale Classification Division
70-100% First Class Honours  
65-69% Second Class Honours Upper Division
60-64% Second Class Honours Upper Division
50-59% Second Class Honours Lower Division
45-49% Third Class  
40-44% Pass  
0-39% Fail  


Grade Description U.S. Grade Equivalent
A Excellent A
B Very Good B+
C Good B
D Satisfactory C+
E Sufficient C
FX Fail F
F Fail F