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Coursework Deadline Policy

Taught Postgraduate and Graduate Programmes

Policy

Departmental policies on late submission are published in Graduate Handbooks. Further information regarding the policy and the forms can be found in the Late Submission Policy guidelines.

Departments operate one of the following policies for the late submission of coursework on postgraduate and graduate programmes:

  1. All coursework submitted after the deadline will receive a mark of zero.  The mark of zero shall stand unless the student submits satisfactory evidence of extenuating circumstances that indicate that the student was unable to submit the work prior to the deadline. [optional - Departments who operate this policy may choose to include arrangements to approve extensions in advance of the deadline for submission.]
  2. All coursework submitted after the deadline is subject to a marks penalty of two marks for each 24 hour period (including weekends and public holidays) up to a maximum of seven days. Thereafter, work will receive a mark of zero. The marks penalty/mark of zero shall stand unless the student submits satisfactory evidence of extenuating circumstances that indicate that the student was unable to submit the work prior to the deadline. [optional - Departments who operate this policy may choose to include arrangements to approve extensions in advance of the deadline for submission.]

  3. No late penalty. Students can request an extension in advance of the deadline for submission.
  4. Dissertations are not counted as coursework and are therefore not covered by the Policy on the Late Submission of Coursework.  Students can request an extension to submit their dissertation if they find that, due to extenuating circumstances, they will be unable to submit the dissertation by the published deadline.
Extenuating circumstances claims for late submission for departments who operate a marks penalty (options 1 and 2 above) are dealt with as follows:

If you have experienced extenuating circumstances immediately around the time of the deadline, which prevent you from submitting your work by the deadline, you should submit your late work along with a Late Submission of Coursework Form to your department within 7 days (including weekends and/or bank holidays) of the deadline date (provided model answers have not been released).  Your Late Submission of Coursework Form will then be considered by the department's Late Submissions Committee.

If you have experienced significant (longer term) extenuating circumstances that prevent you from submitting your work either by the deadline or within seven days of the deadline, you should submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form for the Board of Examiners to consider at the end of the year, which should clearly explain how your extenuating circumstances affected your ability to submit your work.

Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances

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