Postgraduate taught dissertations or equivalent are not counted as coursework and are therefore not covered by the standard policy on the late submission of coursework. Students can request an extension for their postgraduate dissertation if they find that, due to extenuating circumstances, they will be unable to submit the dissertation by the published deadline.
You can only request an extension before the current deadline for your dissertation and should speak to your supervisor as soon as you begin to have concerns about the deadline.
You can request an informal extension from your department or school of up to four weeks.
Please write to your Department explaining the reasons for needing an extension and when you hope to submit your dissertation by. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis and your Department or School will notify you of their decision.
There are no registration fees for an informal extension.
You will need to submit a formal extension request if:
- You require a longer extension than four weeks.
- You have had a formal extension granted to you previously.
- You have been given the opportunity to resubmit your dissertation by the Board of Examiners and need an extension to the resubmission deadline.
Formal extensions can be submitted via the online form. Requests are will be considered by your Department or School, and final approval is granted by the Faculty Dean.
When an extension is approved, a registration fee of £100 for each term is payable.
Due to the time that it takes for a formal extension to be considered for approval, we recommend submitting your request as soon as you can, and preferably no later than 14 calendar days (including weekends and bank holidays) ahead of the deadline. A request submitted after your deadline has passed will not normally be approved.
What to do if you have missed the deadline
If the deadline for your dissertation has already passed and you have not been able to submit your work, you may be eligible to submit an extenuating circumstances claim.
Dissertation marks and other results
If you are granted an extension, this date will be used to determine when your marks will be considered by Board of Examiners. If you submit your dissertation before the extended deadline, your results will still go to the next Board of Examiners based on the extension deadline given, not your submission date.
Your Department or School can let you know when this will be but you should note that there could be a delay of several months between when you submit your dissertation and when your results are available.