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What Next?

This page provides you with information on what happens after you have submitted your dissertation. From that point on the document will be treated as an examination paper and it may not be changed. The document will be logged onto the student record system on the date of submission. Your assessors will have access to your submission to allow them to read what you have written. You will NOT be told the marks that have been awarded, but you will be provided with a copy of the feedback comments and an indication of the recommendation that the Assessors will be making to the Examination Board.


What happens next?

The dissertation and mark sheet will go into a process known as moderation. In this process the moderator will assess the marking standard of the projects and make a detailed report for the External Examiner. The External Examiner (who comes from another University) has access to all your submitted work and pertinent correspondence and will discuss any issues they believe relevant with the Moderator and the Exam Board Secretary. Recommendations based on all the information we have will be made by the Board of Examiners.

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Are the marks for the project final when the assessors mark them?

No the processes of moderation and the External Examiner’s views inform the Examination Board which then make decisions as to whether the mark awarded is appropriate for the work submitted.

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What can I do if I do not agree with the assessment?

You can write to the Examination Board via the Examination Board Secretary (email outlining your areas of concern and/or any circumstances which might have affected your performance adversely. Simple disagreement with the assessors’ recommendation would not be sufficient grounds for the Examination Board to change a mark. We would expect you to take advice from your personal tutor and/or programme manager to ensure you follow the correct procedure. You do not have the right to have the work remarked and once the Examination Board has agreed a mark, you have no right of appeal against that mark.

If you have had extenuating circumstances that have affected your performance, please consult the information and forms available under Operations & Regs -> Extenuating Circumstances (in the top menu), or visit the link on the right-hand side of this page if provided.

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Can I discuss the marks with the moderator and/or external examiner?

No, timescales do not allow this and hence a written submission is required.

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Can I resubmit the dissertation before the Examination Board makes its decision so that I can improve my mark?

No even if the assessors have indicated a fail, this is not a decision until the examination board has met. You may, if you wish, anticipate that the Examination Board will allow you the opportunity to resubmit your dissertation, and undertake work towards that resubmission, taking into account that the Board may not require or may not allow a resubmission, in which case your effort would have been wasted. In such circumstances you may request that your University student account be extended to enable you to undertake this (anticipatory) work.

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What decisions can the Examination Board make?

They can pass you as satisfying the requirements for the degree. They can fail you on specific aspects (insufficient modules passed at the necessary level, failed oral examination if applicable, failed dissertation mark or failed overall on the project). For a failure at the first attempt they could ask for the work to be brought up to standard by resubmission or by some other mechanism and this must be done within a given timescale that they specify. At this stage any new marks would normally be capped at 50%. Regardless of the timing of any resubmission or new work, it will only be considered by the next meeting of the Examination Board following their decision, usually 6 months later. Failure at a second attempt would normally result in either a lower qualification or no qualification at all.

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How am I informed of the outcome of the Examination Board

You will be informed of the Examination Board’s recommendations (subject to Senate Approval), usually by email, but also by mail in some cases, following the Board meeting. It is therefore important that you ensure your personal contact details are kept up to date via e-Vision. Your University email address may expire before the Examination Board has met.

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When can I get my degree certificate and transcript?

The degree certificate is issued by the University Academic office (not WMG) either during the graduation ceremony or afterwards if you do not attend. If, before then, you need a letter confirming your eligibility to graduate please request a confirmation of award letter: 

If you do not attend the degree ceremony, the certificate will be sent to you by post at the address you give when you register for the degree ceremony. You MUST register for the graduation even if you do not plan to attend, or your certificate will not be sent to you. The certificate may be collected in person (but only after the degree ceremony and only by prior arrangement with the graduation office)

One copy of your transcripts of study (that is a list of your module and project marks) is issued by the Academic Office (not WMG) upon conferral of award by the University's Senate. Please see the following page for further information: 

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