School of Social and Political Science

Submission and return of coursework


Assignments for most assessments on SPS courses are submitted through ELMA, our School system for submissions.

Please note that once the drop box has closed, we will no longer be able to accept your assignment


Submission of coursework via ELMA

All courses at the Postgraduate School use an electronic submission system 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.

Please note that from September 2022 you may receive an additional email when you submit to ELMA, as below. 
This is an automatically generated email that confirms your work has been run through Turnitin for the purposes of similarity checking. For more information on this, please see our Academic Misconduct webpage


You have successfully submitted the file FILENAME.docx to the assignment ASSESSMENT in the class COURSE on 20-Sep-2022 12:32PM. Your submission id is 186122244. Your full digital receipt can be viewed and printed from the print/download button in the Document Viewer.

Thank you for using Turnitin,

The Turnitin Team

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.

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.


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