Graduating with a Designated Degree

At the University of Glasgow, ordinary degrees studied fulltime over three years are classified as “designated”. These terms are largely synonymous but Glasgow offers more detail within the degree classification than is often the case with ordinary degrees, designating the main area of study.

The subject designation may help graduates to market their subject backgrounds more effectively to employers and postgraduate course providers.

A designated or ordinary degree from Glasgow or from any other Scottish university is not a failed Honours degree. To obtain a designated degree, a student must have obtained at least 360 credits and achieved an overall grade point average of 9.

Students can decide in year 2 or 3 whether they want to continue to Honours or to complete after three years.

Think about your skills and strengths

These are what will get you into a graduate job. The Careers Service offers a lot of resources to help you work these out and then market them effectively.

We can also advise you on how to build up relevant work experience to help you get to where you want to go in your career. You may want to consider graduate internships, volunteering or short-term contract roles.

Be flexible in your job hunt

While most large corporates require an Honours degree as a prerequisite in applications for their graduate programmes, the majority of graduates go on to work for small to medium sized companies (SMEs). These are often much more flexible on entry requirements and can sometimes respond well to speculative applications for graduate roles.

Also the big corporates may not be impossible to gain entry to. Their graduate programmes are open to high calibre internal candidates who have proven their worth already, for instance in a non-graduate role. Further down the line, they can also be open to candidates who have qualified professionally elsewhere, for instance in smaller firms, and who now want to move into promoted posts.

Postgraduate study?

Eligibility requirements differ across postgraduate study. Some universities are very flexible in their definitions of prior qualifications and experience.

Many universities are open to candidates on their individual merits and say so explicitly. They will consider your potential to succeed in postgraduate study based on how you sell your skills, knowledge, education, training and previous employment.

Keep in touch

Please keep in touch with us at the Careers Service. Use Glasgow Careers as a recent graduate and feel free to meet with a Careers Manager to discuss your priorities, aspirations and career goals.