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Following extensive engagement and discussions with QQI, Hibernia College is delighted to announce that QQI’s Programmes and Award Executive Committee have agreed the following amended award classification system for the Professional Master of Education (PME) awards.

As a result of this approval, the award classifications for graduates of the PME programmes will be revised as follows;

Result Range Former Award New Award
70%+ 1st Class Honours 1st Class Honours
60% - 69% 2nd Class Honours 2nd Class Honours Grade 1 (2:1)
50% – 59% Pass 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (2:2)
40% - 49% Pass Pass

The College will now commence the implementation of this change immediately, applying these amendments retrospectively to all impacted graduates of PME programmes. Given the extensive and complex process involved the College envisages concluding this exercise over the coming months.

Please note the following

  • Students graduating at our 2020 graduations will receive awards based on the revised award classifications and will receive updated transcripts.
  • Revised transcripts, diploma supplements and parchments will be issued to eligible graduates.


Please note that all impacted graduates have been contacted directly by the College.