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Registration for the 2013-14 Programme will open in October 2013.
What if I am taking a credit-bearing module?
All students undertaking coursework of an essay-type nature are required to submit the work electronically, through a module web site. For other types of coursework (eg statistical work) TWO COPIES are to be submitted, whether or not it is being done for an assessed credit bearing module. Each copy should be accompanied by a coursework coversheet, available from
When marked, one copy will be returned to the student and one copy will be kept by the Faculty for possible scrutiny by the External Examiner at an External Review Panel held in May/June each year. In addition, students are advised to keep a copy of their work for security purposes. Please note that marked coursework will be returned to you at your departmental address unless you have indicated on your registration form that you would prefer us to use another address. You do not need to collect marked coursework from us.
Pass levels: Following University regulations, the overall pass mark for Master's schemes is 50%. For the award of a Masters degree the final mark for a module or unit of assessment should not normally be below 50%. The Board of Examiners may condone marks in borderline cases. One course work assessment awarded a mark in the 40% - 49% range may be condoned by one other course work assessment.
Students undertaking MRes or research pathway schemes should note that acquiring a pass mark of 50% is no guarantee in itself of securing a place on an MPhil/PhD programme at Lancaster University . Normally, students will be considered for a place on an MPhil/PhD if they achieve a minimum average mark of 60% overall and a mark of at least 60% on their dissertation.
Failed work: If on completion of the assessed work the module is referred as a fail at the level required, students are allowed one re-submission only per module. On successful re-submission the student will only be awarded a pass mark which represents an appropriate pass at the required level (ie 50% for Masters level).
The University may impose a resubmission fee for the resubmission of a failed assignment or dissertation.
Deadlines and Extensions: Please note that all students undertaking Faculty modules as part of a Taught Masters scheme (whether ESRC or other) will be subject to the Faculty regulations on deadlines and penalties. That is, that prior to the maximum date, there are published deadlines for the submission of coursework; there are published procedures for the granting of extensions; work submitted after a deadline but within the time limit of an approved extension shall normally be penalised, as follows:
Failure to submit by the published deadline without securing an agreed extension will result in an automatic reduction of 10% points for up to three working days late (e.g. if the deadline is on Monday 19 March at 2.00pm, a penalty of 10% points is applied to work submitted after 2.00pm on Monday 19 March and up to 2.00pm on Thursday 22 March). A mark of 0 (non-submission) is given thereafter (e.g. after 2pm on Thursday 22 March) for the assessment, subject to any consideration of mitigating circumstance.
Students who need an extension are required to contact in writing their module tutor prior to the deadline and giving the tutor sufficient time to consider the reasons for requesting an extension. Please bear in mind that sending an email at 8pm on the evening if an assignment is due the next morning at 9am is not acceptable. We are not able to give students extensions once the deadline has passed, unless exceptional circumstances apply.
We recognize that sometimes, for good reasons, you may be unable to submit your work on time. Reasonable causes for extensions include illness and serious personal problems. If you require an extension, you need to explain in what ways your work has been affected by the circumstances leading to your request (e.g. if you have fallen ill, please explain since when you were ill and how many days you were unable to work).
All assignments other than those containing statistical work have to be submitted electronically, through the modules’ LUVLE (domino) sites. In addition, two printed copies of each assignment should be placed in the RTP Secure Box on C Floor foyer of the FASS Building or posted to the RTP Administrator, FASS, FASS Building, County South, accompanied by the coursework cover sheet (available online and from the racks above the Secure Box). Coursework subject to penalties must be received on or by the due date. The Secure Box will be emptied every day, Monday to Friday, and all assessed coursework will be date-stamped by the RTP Administrator.
Please note that the Turnitin plagiarism-detection service may be used to check coursework submitted electronically.
Information on Faculty Assessment Criteria, Referencing Guidelines and the University Framework for dealing with plagiarism can be found in appendices below.
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