Postgraduate Students

Industrial Action

Changes to the submission deadlines for History, Classics and Archaeology courses as a result of the industrial action.

As you will be aware the University of Edinburgh is currently experiencing a period of industrial action, which may last up to 14 working days, being taken by members of the University and College Union.

In order to help mitigate the effects this industrial action on students the School of History, Classics and Archaeology has decided to change the submission dates for HCA larger pieces of work for some postgraduate courses as detailed below. 

We very much hope that these measures will help you at this important stage of your studies. We want to stress, however, that if any of your assessment deadlines have changed this may impact on other coursework.

If you are able to proceed with your assessment without further advice from your lecturer we strongly encourage you to adhere to the original submission date. Similarly, if you are waiting for input on some aspect of the piece of assessment, we strongly encourage you to do all you can on other aspects of that piece of assessment to the original time-frame.

Please note that advice is available on time-management, assessment preparation and exam revision on the website of the Institute for Academic Development

If you have any further questions or queries then please contact the Graduate School Office in the first instance,, who will direct you further.

For further general information on the strike, see the University’s guidance at UCU Industrial Action

Postgraduate courses

As far as it is possible to do so, we have determined which HCA courses appear to be significantly disrupted by the strike. We include a list of these courses below. As this disruption may continue for up to a period of 3 weeks, we have taken the decision to change the assessment deadlines for larger pieces of work  (defined as assessments which are submitted online to a dropbox) for these courses, where the original deadlines fall in Weeks 7 to 9 of this semester. This will ensure that, for larger pieces of work, students will still have the opportunity to seek guidance from academic staff after the period of industrial action. Please note the list includes all the pieces of assessment where the deadline has been changed. A notice will also go out on the Learn course sites for the courses affected.

We have not changed assessment deadlines for those courses where the member of academic staff responsible for the course is not taking industrial action, or for those courses which may be experiencing minimal disruption, or for those courses which may be experiencing disruption but where the assessments due in Weeks 7 to 9 are smaller pieces of workFor the latter, mitigation measures will be put in place if necessary in advance of the exam boards.


Course Assessment Item New Submission Date
PGHC11335 Historical Methodology Essay 29/04/2020
PGHC11459 Practical Zooarchaeology Short Essay 03/04/2020
PGHC11092 Supervised Reading Course (Economics and Social History) Essay 30/03/2020
PGHC11466 The Holocaust (online) Essay 13/04/2020

History MSc Dissertation (Proposal stage)

Please note that the Proposal deadline remains the same

Pre-Proposal Form 23/03/2020