School of Social and Political Science

Undergraduate Marks and Awards


Find information below on the summer 2021 schedule for 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, multiple boards meet throughout the month to ratify course marks, progression, and award decisions. 
  • In August resit boards meet to ratify any outstanding marks, progression and award decisions.
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

Course marks
  • Semester 1 course marks - Monday 15th February, 2021
  • Semester 2 course marks (Y3 and Y4) - Tuesday 22nd June, 2021
  • Semester 2 course marks (Y1 and Y2) - Tuesday 6th July, 2021
Publication of Awards

Awards for all students who are due to graduate in Summer 2021 will be published on:

  • Tuesday 22nd June, 2021
Progression Decisions

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

  • Tuesday 6th July, 2021
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 13th September, 2021
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

Special Circumstances and Boards of Examiners

With respect to special circumstances, the role of the Board of Examiners is to confirm any actions taken in relation to assessments affected by valid special circumstances and any adjustments to course grades which are an outcome of these actions. 

On a course-by-course basis, boards consider whether those students with special circumstances have successfully completed sufficient assessments to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes of the course. 

In 20/21, where there was sufficient evidence, and the school advised its boards to:

  • attempt to award a course mark and credits without requiring further work of the student,
  • Ensure that the mark was a reasonable and fair reflection of the student's aptitude. 

Where a significant amount of work was missing or failed then the students were awarded a 'null sit' which allows for resits/alternative assessment 'at first attempt', of the award of credits on aggregate (see below)

In the week after the conclusion of the relevant Board of Examiners, students will be informed if they need to complete any further work to progress or graduate.

Mitigation for Coronavirus in 2020/21

The School applied all measures put forward by the University to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus on students and their studies.   Detail on the full package of measures can be found on the University's webpage Semester 2, 2020/21: Assessment - a package of measures to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus.  Below are details of additional actions taken in the school.

Progression to next year of study

Elevated Hurdles for Progression to Honours

Where a degree programme in the school stipulates that to progress to honours a student must have achieved a mark of 50% or more on compulsory year 2 courses (at first sitting) that requirement was waived in 2020-21 (with the exception of Social Work courses with additional professional requirements).

Classification and Awards

Final year students and "No detriment"

Under the “no detriment” rules in place for courses in Semester 2, 2019/20, Boards of Examiners were advised that some course results were discounted for classification of the award including Awards with Merit and Distinction.


Boards of Examiners were advised to move borderline results to the higher class of award if the student achieved 50% or more of all credits taken at the higher-grade band.  Courses that were considered to be unreliable or "null sat" were not included in this calculation.  Impacts of valid special circumstances were also taken into consideration where applicable.

Credits on Aggregate

It is sometimes possible for Boards of Examiners to award credits 'on aggregate' to students who have failed individual courses.  This means that the student receives credit for the course with no requirement to resit failed assessments.  In 2020/21. requirements for progression and award were amended to allow students to gain credit for a larger volume of failed courses.

Typically boards apply "credit on aggregate" where they can so that students are not required to complete additional work over the summer, and/or prevented from graduating in the summer.  However, there are occasions where students with special circumstances may prefer to submit the work and receive a mark instead.  If you have been awarded credit on aggregate but wish to submit work instead, please contact the school via the student support team at as soon as possible and no later than 7 days after the publication of your mark.

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.

Who to contact

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

Should you have questions about an individual course or degree outcome, please contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies via

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