School of Social and Political Science

Special Circumstances


Considering your special circumstances

Occasionally, a special circumstance such as illness, bereavement or another serious personal problem may have an adverse effect on your coursework.

You may then request, via your Personal Tutor or Programme Director, that such special circumstances are taken into consideration by the Board of Examiners when assessing your work.

There are changes coming to this process for the 2020/21 academic year. The information below applies to outgoing 2019/20 students only.

If you think you have experienced something which is impacting your studies (Special Circumstances), please discuss it with your Student Support Officer or Programme Director/Personal Tutor as soon as possible.

This should not be more than a week after your final assessment.

Board of Examiners

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In the School of Social and Political Science (SPS), the Special Circumstances Committee meets ahead of the Board of Examiners, and considers each case. A recommendation is then agreed for each case.

During the Board of Examiners, the marks are first confirmed, without discussing any special circumstances.

After that, the Special Circumstances Committee's recommendations are considered. If the Board agrees that the Special Circumstances affected your performance, they may decide on one of the actions outlined in the University's Special Circumstances Policy (PDF)

Additional resources

University of Edinburgh guidance on Special Circumstances

University of Edinburgh Taught Assessment Regulations

Student category
Taught MSc