Postgraduate study

Formatting and submission

General guidance on the formatting and submission of assessments for courses in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.


The University makes every effort to provide anonymous marking for assessments. As such, names must not appear on assessments; please identify yourself by your exam number (see your ID card). Specific formatting required by a course will be provided on Learn. Below are some general formatting guidelines to help you prepare your submissions:

  1. For your document setttings, use A4 paper size with standard margins and a 12-point font, preferably Times or Garamond; double space and page number the entire document.  It is essential that line spacing is at least 1.5, except for poems, which should be single spaced.  
  2. In-text quotes less than 40 words have to appear in inverted commas followed by their reference. Any quote more than 40 words should be presented as indented quotes, without inverted commas, in font 11, followed by the reference.
  3. If you rephrased a scholar’s concept, you still need to give the reference in brackets in-text.
  4. If translations are used: In order to ease cross-referencing within your work, please number the lines on your ST and TT if you are providing translation and commentary.
  5. Spell-check and grammar-check your work. 
  6. Unless you are given specific instruction, you are welcome to use British or American spelling as long as the chosen spelling is applied systematically and consistently throughout your work.
  7. A course or programme may have a required referencing style; you will be informed at course level on Learn or in a course handbook if a specific style is required. Be sure whichever style is used is applied systematically and consistently throughout your work.


Assessments must be submitted electronically on Learn (unless otherwise instructed). The deadline for each assessment will be provided course by course - from the Course Organiser, on Learn or in the course handbook.

You will be required to complete a Declaration of Own Work before you will be able to submit your work on Learn.  

If you are taking courses from other schools, please familiarise yourself with their requirements.  

Electronic submissions will be reviewed using a plagiarism detection service.


Taught postgraduate students are entitled to one assessment attempt for courses Level 9-12. No resits or resubmissions are allowed, except in the case of approved Special Circumstances or as required by any other Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body.

Late Submission

The University has a standardised penalty for unauthorised late submission of coursework; please see the Taught Assessment Regulations for the full details. We may choose not to permit late submission for particular assessments where the assessment and feedback arrangements make it impractical or unfair to other students to do so. 

The School will apply a uniform penalty of a reduction of 5% of the maximum obtainable mark for each 24 hours beyond the coursework deadline (Saturday, Sunday and University Public Holiday included) unless late submission has been requested in advance of the submission date and approved in writing by the course organiser only. For example:

  • an essay with a mark of 65% which is less than 24 hours late will be given a final mark of 60%
  • an essay with a mark of 65% which is between 24-48 hours late will be given a final mark of 55%
  • an essay with a mark of 65% which is 48-72 hours late will be given a final mark of 50% and so on...

If assessed coursework or a take-home examination work is submitted late without an accepted good reason, it will be recorded as late and a penalty will be exacted. Reduction of marks applies for up to 7 calendar days (or to the time when feedback is given, if this is sooner), after which a mark of zero will be given. The original unreduced mark will be recorded by the School and the student informed of it. Such work, if completed satisfactorily before feedback is issued, is regarded as completed when completion alone is a criterion for success.