Student Support

Coursework Extensions

Students with exceptional circumstances may apply for an extension to an assignment deadline of up to seven calendar days

The University is committed to supporting you during your studies.

If you are experiencing circumstances beyond your control that are having an adverse impact on your academic performance, you can apply for a coursework extension and/or Special Circumstances.

Coursework extensions are now managed by a central University team, the Extensions and Special Circumstances Service.

Full details on the purpose of a coursework extension, when a request is likely to be approved, and the online application form are on the Extensions and Special Circumstances Service website.

Apply for a coursework extension

  • You will need to submit a new form for each assignment for which you need additional time.

The Extensions and Special Circumstances team aim to respond to coursework extension requests within 2 working days.  If you have questions about your application, they can be contacted by email at escteam@ed.ac.uk

We would encourage you to discuss your situation with your Personal Tutor (PT) or the Student Support Team. They will be able to advise you on the range of support that is available to you as well as guide you through the process of submitting your application.

 

Changes to the process from October 2020

Applications for coursework extensions will move to an online system in October 2020, and you will be able to apply via MyEd.

  • This will allow you to apply for a single coursework extension, or to select several assignments across different courses, all in one application
  • You will be able to submit several applications throughout the academic year
  • The process of notifying us of extra time needed for Learning Adjustments will remain unchanged – details below.

 

Extra time for assignments for learning adjustments

If you have a schedule of adjustments which recommends additional time for assessments, you need to notify the University each time you use it. This ensures that all relevant staff can be made aware of your new deadline.

To notify the University, please use this online form

Notify the University of extra time for a learning adjustment 

The form is also available on the Extensions and Special Circumstances Service website along with more information on the process.

  • You will need to submit a new form for each assignment for which you need additional time.

You may also apply for a 7 day coursework extension in addition to the time recommended by your schedule of adjustments if it is unrelated to your adjustment and you meet the extensions criteria.  There is a separate online form.  The link higher up on the page "Apply for a coursework extension" will take you to it.