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My son is at UBC studying Engineering. I am from England and

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My son is at UBC studying Engineering. I am from England and do not really understand the degree system.
I want to know more about how the degrees awarded are differentiated. In the UK Universities award First class honours 2.1, 2.2 and third class honours or standard degrees. What is the system operating at UBC and how is it calculated?
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Wonderful that your son is studying engineering at UBC, one of the top universities in Canada.

As for understanding the three degrees offered (Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate), here is a detailed report produced by the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials. Here you can read on comparing degrees from Canada as well as elsewhere around the world;
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Michael,


Thank you for the link. However, I am not confused by the Bachelors master Doctorate system. I am asking how my sons Bachelor degree will be ranked by the University and judged by future employers. For example I received a First Class Honours degree that was assessed entirely on the basis of final exams of a 3 year course. When an employer looks at my degree in England he knows that the degree is at the highest standard - like getting an A. I have looked around for how my son's degree is awarded but it isn't obviously available on the UBC site.

UBC offers the bachelors similar to what is done in the US. The degree is given when all coursework is finished. No standard is given other than the degree earned but there are though some additional classifications that can be added to the degree if the student finishes among the top percent of his or her class:,195,272,29

As for how a prospective employer will look at a degree from UBC, here is the rankings that the university has received and can help when looking for future employment.

Here is how the university ranking among the worlds best:
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