All assessed work at MA level is double marked by two members of staff. In addition, an external examiner reviews the marking process and scrutinizes a selection of assessed coursework and dissertations. The Board of Examiners meets in late October or early November to decide the final awards.
Submissions deadlines for assessed work and means of submission will vary slightly
across different departments, so please check with the relevant course
tutor or postgraduate administrator to see when your coursework essays
are due. The Early Modern
Studies programme follows the deadlines set
in the School of European Languages, Cultures and Society.
Details on marking criteria, penalties for late submission, plagiarism and the scheme of award are all available in the:
Scheme of Award
The MA in Early Modern Studies comprises three compulsory elements: the core course Early Modern Exchanges: Methods, Histories, Cultures worth 30 credits, the Dissertation worth 90 credits and optional courses to a total of 60 credits.
Pass: In order to achieve a pass candidates must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% and have achieved a minimum of 50% in the dissertation. The Board of Examiners may allow the possibility of a condoned failure in one or more elements provided that the mark achieved is at least 40%, the element in question is not the dissertation, and the percentage of the condoned failure does not exceed 25% of the total weighting of the elements of assessment.
Merit: the Board of Examiners will award a merit where the
overall mark is 60 or greater, the mark for the dissertation is 65 or greater,
there are no marks below 50 in any component.
Distinction: the Board of Examiners will award a distinction where in addition to meeting the requirement of achieving 50% or above in all elements of the programme at the first attempt, the overall average mark and dissertation are 70% or more.