39-year-old Faiz Siddiqui was told by High Court judge the tuition he received at Brazenose College was of a 'perfectly adequate standard,' that failure to obtain a first class degree had to do with a severe bout of hay fever and his 'lack of preparation'
He had claimed that bad teaching cost him a top degree and lucrative legal career.
Mr Siddiqui said 'boring' tuition and staff being on extended sabbatical leave had meant he only got a lower 2:1 instead of the higher upper second or first he was hoping for.
However, he has had his £1million compensation claim thrown out after being told that his failure to get a first Class Degree was more likely to do with a severe bout of hay fever.
The institution admitted it had some 'difficulties' teaching students like Mr Siddiqui who specialised in Asian history during his final year. This was because more than half of the faculty teaching staff were on sabbatical leave at the same time.
The judge expressed 'sympathy and understanding' for Mr Siddiqui's intermittent bouts of severe depression. However, he stated that there was no evidence Siddiqui was suffering from mental health problems when he took his finals.