Grading scales

Grading scales for first- and second-cycle courses as of 23 October 2018

The Higher Education Ordinance states that a grade shall be awarded on completion of a course and that the higher education institution may determine which grading system is to be used.

The following grading scales are used at Uppsala University:

  • Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Fail (U), Pass (B), Pass with credit (Ba), Pass with distinction (AB) 
  • Fail (F), Sufficient (E), Satisfactory (D), Good (C), Very good (B) Excellent (A) 

Each faculty decides which of the grading scales will be used in that faculty. The syllabus for a course must always specify which grading scale will be used for that particular course.

The grade “Fail” does not appear on an official transcript of records.

The syllabus must specify the course goals, formulated as intended learning outcomes. The goals describe the requirements for a passing grade. The requirements for higher grades must be formulated in terms of increasing levels of quality of goal attainment.