School of Social and Political Science

Undergraduate Marks and Awards


Find information below on the communication of:

  • UG degree classification results
  • UG progression decisions
  • UG release of course marks
Boards of Examiners

Exam boards will meet three times a year - in January, June, and August.

  • In January, boards meet to ratify semester 1 marks
  • In June and early July, multiple boards meet to ratify course marks, progression, and award decisions. 
  • In August resit boards meet to ratify any outstanding marks, progression and award decisions ahead of the next academic year.
Publication dates - Award, Marks and Progression

All publication dates are aligned to University deadlines.  Results and decisions are communicated to students via and an automated email will be sent to your University email account to alert you that a result or decision is available.  

Note the marks and award release dates below have not yet been updated for the 2023/24 cycle. 

Course marks
  • Semester 1 course marks - by Thursday 9th February, 2023
  • Semester 2 course marks (Y3 and Y4) - Monday 19th June, 2023
  • Semester 2 course marks (Y1 and Y2) - Tuesday 4th July, 2023
Publication of Awards

Awards for all students who are due to graduate in Summer 2023 will be published on:

  • Monday 19th June, 2023
Progression Decisions

Progression decisions for year 1 to 3 students will be published no later than:

  • Tuesday 4th July, 2023
Post Resit period Marks, Progression and Awards

Marks, progression and award decisions for students with exams or course work submissions over the summer will be published no later than:

  • Monday 11th September, 2023
How are degree results determined?

For general information on how these boards make decisions on academic performance please see the Academic Services webpage on Assessment decisions.  

These Regulations also include links to the University's Common Marking Scheme which is applied to all the School’s assessed work, including examinations. 

The University's regulations governing undergraduate degree programmes can be found on the University’s webpage for Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study and Taught Assessment Regulations

Academic appeals

The University has in place a process for Academic Appeals, following the release of results.

An Appeal is a request for a decision made by a Board of Examiners relating to marks, progression, degree classification and/or degree award to be reviewed.

It is important to note that the Appeal process cannot be used to challenge academic judgment which means that you cannot submit an appeal simply because you believe that you deserve a better mark.

There are specific grounds under which an Academic Appeal may be submitted. These are set out in the relevant university Academic Appeal Regulations. Information on the University’s Academic Appeals processes

When lodging an appeal, you must act promptly. Timescales are published here

If you are considering an appeal, please contact the Edinburgh University’s Student Association Advice Place for impartial advice and guidance.

Impact of Industrial Action

Information on the impact of industrial action during the 2022/23 academic year for for students on SPS courses and programmes can be found here:

Please also refer to the main University webpage for students on this topic: Industrial action 2023

Who to contact

On the day of the release of degree awards, students with concerns or queries about their result can contact the Student Advice and Support team (via, during normal working hours.

If your query relates to the impact of industrial action, please read the University's Webpages on Industrial action 2023 and the School's information on Industrial Action in SPS before getting in touch.

Should you have questions about an individual course or degree outcome, please contact our Deputy Head of School and Director for Learning and Teaching via

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