Extension to dissertation submission deadline - for postgraduate taught students

If you are unable to complete your dissertation by your current submission deadline, you should apply for an extension.

How to apply

You should complete Sections One, Two and Three, providing as much detail as possible and submit the form to the Taught Student Administration Team.

Appropriate documentary evidence to support the reasons given should be attached to the form. For example, if medical reasons are cited, a medical certificate should be attached.

Each College/School/Department has a clear procedure for granting extensions, including guidance on circumstances that will and will not be considered acceptable. Please see below for examples of acceptable/unacceptable reasons:

Reasons for requesting an extension

You should give as much detail as possible about your reasons for requesting an extension to your dissertation submission deadline.

Examples of acceptable and unacceptable reasons:

Acceptable reasons

  • Major computer problems (eg failure of University networks)
  • Significant medical problems
  • Personal problems
  • Compassionate (eg family bereavement)

Unacceptable reasons

  • Minor computer problems (eg lost or damaged disks, printer breakdown)
  • Lost assignments
  • Desired books not in library
  • Unverifiable travel difficulties
  • Not realising deadline imminent

Supporting evidence

You must include appropriate documentary evidence to support your reasons for requesting an extension. Some examples of appropriate supporting evidence are:

  • Medical certificate – if you were ill or had to take care of someone who was ill
  • Death certificate – if you have suffered a bereavement
  • Supporting letter from your employer – if you had work-related difficulties
  • Bank statements, payslips – if you had financial difficulties
  • Supporting letter from your School

If you are not sure what evidence to provide, please email the Taught Student Administration Team.

What happens next

Following a consideration of the information/documentary evidence provided, a College/School/Department representative will either decide to approve or reject your application. In some circumstances, you may be asked to provice further information/documentary evidence before a final decision.

Taught Student Administration staff are notified of the decision and will amend the central database as appropriate and you will be notified of the decision by e-mail.

Maximum period of registration implications

If you request an extension that will mean you will exceed the maximum period of registration for your programme of study, you will need to apply for an extension to maximum period of registration.

Rejected applications

If your request for an extension is not approved, your original submission date will apply. If you have not made sufficient progress with your dissertation to submit by this deadline, your School will need to make a recommendation for you at the next Board of Examiners meeting. If it is your first attempt at the dissertation, you will have the right to re-submit to a deadline agreed by the School, and your dissertation mark will then be capped at 50% for the purposes of classifying your final degree classification. If it is your second attempt at the dissertation, the Board of Examiners will make a recommendation based on the marks for modules that you have already completed. This will normally mean the award of an alternative qualification.

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Need some help?

If you have any questions about applying for an extension to your dissertation submission deadline, please email the Taught Student Administration Team

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