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honours system Line breaks: hon|ours sys¦tem

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Definition of honours system in English:


1(Especially in the UK or other Commonwealth countries) a system of awards and titles conferred by a country or state in recognition of individual achievement or service: the British government is conducting a review of the honours system
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  • The SNP has a policy of refusing appointments to do with the honours system.
  • Charles' advisers are also toying with the idea of a reform of the honours system to reflect the new Scotland.
  • People have called for a shake-up of the honours system.
2A system of university education in which undergraduates pursue a course of study that leads to an honours degree: the traditional honours system of firsts, upper and lower seconds, and thirds would be retained
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  • How does the honours system work in UK universities?
  • If the Edinburgh university pilot is a success it will be the first time in nearly 200 years that the structure of the honours system would be challenged.
  • Any reference to a course shall be deemed to be a reference to either a Principal Subject within the Dual Honours system, or to a postgraduate programme of study.

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