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Assessment Deadlines

The dates and times by which you should submit your work for assessment are given on Tabula.

Work should be uploaded to Tabula by the date and time specified on the system and following the online instructions. Please note that since this is an electronic system, it is very accurate, so even if you submit your work just one minute after the deadline, it will be marked as late and penalties will be imposed accordingly.

Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to upload your work and try not to leave this until the deadline day itself. If you encounter any technical problems with your IT equipment or with uploading your work which mean that you are unable to meet the deadline, these cannot be accepted as a valid reason for late or non-submission and penalties will be imposed accordingly. Work submitted by any other means (e.g. emailed to the Office or a tutor) will not be accepted.


*University self-certification and extension policy updated as of February 2021 - Handbook entry updated 25/11/2020

This infographic takes you through the extension process:

Extensions flowchart


From 2020-21 the University has introduced a new self-certification process. All students are able to apply for two separate extension periods of 5 working days via the self-certification policy. These extensions will be granted without the need for evidence. Students should apply via Tabula no more than five days before the submission deadline for the assessed piece of work, or pieces if there is more than one deadline in the 5 working day period (students must specify ALL the assignments they are applying for self-certification for within the 5-day working period). Students must use these two self-certification periods before being granted further extensions.

Updated Information on Self-Certification

From 19 February 2021, the self-certification process has been automated and can be accessed via Tabula>My Student Profile>Personal Circumstances. This step-by-step guide goes through the process of applying for a self-certification. You can also see the number of self-certifications you have remaining on Tabula.

Specific Extensions to Deadlines

Further extensions (beyond the periods of self-certification) to assessed work deadlines may be granted only in exceptional circumstances such as ill-health and/or extreme personal issues. All extension requests must be made two working days in advance of the published assessment deadline. Working days are defined as Monday to Friday (inclusive). Extensions are normally only granted for 5 working days, if your circumstances mean that you will be unable to submit work for a longer period you should discuss your situation with your personal tutor, the senior tutor for your year group, or with Disability and Wellbeing Services.

Extensions will not be granted for last-minute technical problems (including problems with Tabula, laptops, etc.). You should plan to submit your work well in advance of the deadline to avoid potential problems. We recommend submitting at least 48 hours (or two working days), if possible, in advance of the assessment deadline to avoid last-minute difficulties. Retrospective requests for extensions will not be granted. If serious circumstances prevent you from requesting an extension ahead of time, you should meet with your personal tutor to discuss an application to the Mitigating Circumstances Committee to be taken into consideration. This must be done as soon as possible.

Requests for extensions should be made via Tabula (remember to do this for each separate assessment, if you have multiple assessments due around the same time). You will need to state the reasons for your request and upload supporting evidence. Please note that you may be invited to meet with the PGT Director before a decision can be made. If such a meeting is not deemed necessary, you will receive an email to advise whether or not an extension has been granted.

Instructions for requesting an extension can be found here: 

Extensions will not be granted for computer or technical problems. Please ensure you leave enough time to deal with potential last-minute problems when you submit your assessment.

Extensions to Dissertations

Extensions will not normally be permitted for your dissertation. If there are special circumstances which affect your ability to present your work at this time, this will need to be explained to the PGT Director well in advance of the deadline.

File Naming

While there is no "correct" way to name a file, we strongly urge you to adopt a robust convention for naming and organising your files before submitting work - this will help prevent you from accidentally submitting the wrong file.

A meaningful filename would contain your student number, the module code, assignment name and an indication that it is the final version, for example:
1234567 - HI917 - Source Review - FINAL.pdf

It is essential that you do not include your own name in the document or file name.

Please note that students who have to resubmit work beyond the deadline as a result of uploading the wrong file will have their assignment capped at 50%.

Penalties for Late Submission or Non-Submission

Deadlines for the submission of work are available on Tabula. According to University rules, late submission of an assessed essay will, unless an extension has been granted in advance of the deadline, result in a penalty deduction from your mark for the work of 5 marks per day. Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and bank holidays are NOT included when calculating penalties for a late submission. There is no upper limit to the total penalty for a late submission. If, for medical or other compelling reasons, you require an extension on an assessed essay or dissertation please see the extension policy.

Word Length and Penalties for Over Length Work

A published maximum word length has the force of a University Regulation. All assessed work submitted for a Master’s degree must conform to the word lengths given in this Handbook, and published elsewhere. You will be asked to provide a word count of your essays and dissertation, to be noted on the title page and confirmed on Tabula. Please note that the word count excludes the bibliography, title pages, footnotes and appendices (including acknowledgements).

  • Any assessed work over 4,500 words: 1 mark off for each 100 words (or part thereof)
  • Any assessed work up to 4,500 words: 1 mark off for each 50 words (or part thereof) over the specified limit

The word limits are strict upper limits, and marks will be deducted if the assessment is over-length. The title page is not included in the word count, but titles and subtitles in the text are. You do not need an abstract or content list, but if you do include these, they are counted in the word count.

You will not be penalised for producing underlength work, provided quality is not sacrificed to brevity. Learning to write to a limit is one of the skills the degree is designed to encourage you to cultivate.

Proofreading Guidelines

University guidelines on proofreading of assessed/unassessed work can be found at It sets out expectations, acceptable practices and exceptions for students. The Tabula cover sheet has been updated to reflect this policy and all students must confirm on submission of their work if they have used the services of a proofreader to support their assignment.