- All work submitted should be in Microsoft Word format (doc or docx file) only. Please do not submit work in PDF format as this makes it difficult for markers to add feedback.
- The work must have a wide margin (not less than 1”/2.5cm) on the left side of the page. The work must be double spaced and pages must be numbered consecutively.
- The work must have a title page, however, a table of contents showing section headings and page numbers is optional for assessed essays and compulsory for dissertations. Your Student ID number should appear as a header or a footer on each page but DO NOT include your name on the essay or cover sheet as all submitted work should be anonymised.
- There must be a full bibliography, properly laid out, of books, articles and websites consulted and used.
- You must submit all work via Tabula Coursework Management Portal.
- Completed cover sheets must be copied and pasted to the front of the work prior to submission, with an accurate count of the number of words. Cover sheets can be downloaded here.
- The word count should include quotations and footnotes, but can exclude bibliographical entries and appendices. Do not include in an appendix any material that is essential to your argument.
- The Philosophy Department does not require a particular referencing system to be used as long as the style is consistent within the essay. However, if you are submitting an essay to a department outside of Philosophy please check with them which referencing method they require. The library's guide to using a range of referencing styles can be found here.
- For MPhil students, when you save your essay, please ensure you include the name of the paper topic (i.e. Kant, Philosophy of Mind and Action) in the file name.
Word-length of Assessed Work
A published maximum word-length has the force of a University Regulation. You will be asked to provide a word count of your essays and dissertation, to be noted on the cover sheet you fill in when the work is submitted. Writing over-length places you at a considerable disadvantage, given that markers are not required to read more than the maximum number of words. Students are permitted to go a maximum of 10% over the word length for assessed work. There is no penalty for assessed work submitted under the word-length, provided that quality has not been sacrificed to conciseness.
Students must take great care when submitting their assessed work to Tabula to ensure that the correct essay is submitted to the correct form. Students are permitted to resubmit through Tabula should they make a mistake but only until the time of the deadline. No allowances will be made for any errors made with electronic submission for assessed work. If errors are discovered after the deadline, and work needs to be resubmitted, unless extenuating circumstances not related to errors made during submission are presented, late penalties will apply. Work that has been re-submitted following the earlier submission of an incorrect version will incur a penalty of 5 marks per day from the original deadline or have its mark capped at 50 (whichever is higher). Please plan appropriately and do not leave the actual submission of your essays until the last minute.