School of Social and Political Science

Submission, return of coursework, feedback and appeals



Submission of coursework via ELMA

All courses at the Graduate School use an electronic submission system called ELMA for submission of coursework. You will not be required to submit a paper copy.

Marked coursework, grades and feedback will be returned online – you will not receive a paper of your marked course work or feedback.

For information, help and advice on submitting coursework and accessing feedback, please see the ELMA SharePoint Page.

Important things to note when submitting coursework

Your details

To ensure your work is marked anonymously do not include your name or matriculation number anywhere in the file, but do include your exam number.

You must save your essay or assignment with a file name that starts with your exam number (this is printed on your student card).

Uploading your file

When uploading your file you will be asked for a submission title, please add your exam number to the beginning of the title. This helps us to ensure your submission is correctly logged.

Please ensure that your file is submitted in Word .doc or .docx file format.

Please DO NOT submit your essay as a PDF file.

Feedback form

You will need to attach a feedback form which should be inserted as the first page of your assignment.

This feedback form can be found on the course specific Learn page.

Submission deadlines

Your coursework should be submitted no later than the deadline published in your course Learn page or handbook.

Visit the deadlines and extensions and penalties page to find out what to do if you are unable to meet a deadline. There are potential penalties associated with late submission, exceeding word length and academic misconduct that you will need to keep in mind.


Feedback is part of an ongoing conversation between yourself and those teaching or supervising you about what you have learnt and how you apply it, in order to further your skills and understanding. All our MSc programmes take feedback very seriously, and have been routinely praised by External Examiners for the quality of their feedback.

Feedback takes various forms:

  • Verbal feedback – provided in class discussion or in conversation with your Course Organiser or Programme Director.
  • Written feedback – the main form of written feedback is a standard form you receive electronically when your assessment has been marked. This form will help you to understand your mark, to evaluate your strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Return of coursework and feedback

You should receive feedback and a provisional mark around three to four working weeks of the submission date.

Comments are intended to help you to become aware of the strengths and weaknesses in your written work.

A sample of essays is moderated internally, and the marks are also moderated by the External Examiner.

How to use your feedback

Feedback is most effective when it is used properly: when you get your coursework back, read the comments and then re-read your paper, as this will provide you with guidance for subsequent assessments. If these comments are somehow unclear or if you would like to discuss your work further once it has been marked, you should consult your Course Organiser or Programme Director.

Feedback is also a two-way process. If you have comments or suggestions for how we can improve our teaching, we would be happy to hear them and they can be raised via the PG student forum or via the online course evaluation surveys at the end of each semester.

Academic Writing Course 

The Graduate School runs an online Academic Writing Course in collaboration with the English Language Teaching Centre. This course is open to all and will involve feedback on structuring an essay, critical writing and referencing. It will run in weeks 2-6 of the first semester.

Details of how to sign up are normally circulated during Welcome Week.


You may not ask for your work to be re-marked, but in certain circumstances can appeal your marks. However, marks cannot be appealed until they are finalised by a Board of Examiners.


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