A graduate who sought to challenge his 2:2 degree in court is to go ahead with his legal case after a review by the university failed to find a resolution.
Andrew Croskery had applied for a judicial review of the grade received from Queen's University Belfast.
It was adjourned when an extraordinary examinations board was asked to discuss the case, but Mr Croskery's barrister said this did not resolve the issue.
The County Down man was only 0.5% off obtaining a 2:1 in his degree.
He will now continue his judicial review application at the High Court later this month.
Mr Croskery graduated in June with a degree in electrical engineering. He applied for the judicial review in September.
He claimed if he had received better supervision he would have achieved a higher degree.
The case had been adjourned after university authorities offered to review Mr Croskery's classification without prejudice.
However, Mr Croskery's barrister, Tony McGleenan, told the High Court on Tuesday: "They convened an extraordinary examinations board.
"The outcome of that was indicated to my client yesterday and, for a variety of reasons, that has been an unsatisfactory process."
Dr McGleenan also indicated that Mr Croskery wanted the challenge to be decided as soon as possible.
He added: "The applicant might think there is a degree of urgency in it. His career progression hinges on the outcome."
Lawyers are now trying to agree a suitable date for the next hearing.