Assessed Modules

For the majority of PhD students, the RTP is valuable as a non-assessed component of their studies.  Therefore, most of the RTP modules do not include an assessment option.  If they do, the assessment is voluntary for PhD students and most of you will choose not to take part in the assessment. 

If you are studying for an MA or are enrolled in a Thesis and Coursework programme, you may take FASS507, FASS507d, FASS510, FASS512, FASS512d and FASS645 as credit-bearing modules contributing to the coursework element of your PhD.

Please note that in 2020/21, due to the ongoing situation, FASS510 and FASS645 will be offered online in Michaelmas 2020, and FASS512d will be offered in place of FASS512 in Lent 2021. Decision on whether FASS507 will be offered on campus in Summer 2021 or replaced by FASS507d will be made later (subject to circumstances).

If you are taking part in the assessment, you are required to submit the coursework electronically, as a Word document, through the module’s Moodle site. The Coursework Coversheet is available online and needs to be attached as the first page of the coursework. Feedback will be provided electronically by the module convenor.

Pass levels: Following University regulations, the overall pass mark for Master's schemes is 50%. For the award of a Masters degree the final mark for a module or unit of assessment should not normally be below 50%. The Board of Examiners of the programme you are registered with has specific rules for action to be undertaken in case you have failed an assignment. Usually this includes resubmission. In exceptional circumstances, failed assignments can be condoned. Only assignments receiving a mark between 40-49% can be condoned. One course work assessment awarded a mark in the 40% - 49% range may be condoned by one other course work assessment.

Students undertaking MRes or research pathway schemes should note that acquiring a pass mark of 50% is no guarantee in itself of securing a place on an MPhil/PhD programme at Lancaster University . Normally, students will be considered for a place on an MPhil/PhD if they achieve a minimum average mark of 60% overall and a mark of at least 60% on their dissertation.

Failed work: If on completion of the assessed work the module is referred as a fail at the level required, students are allowed one re-submission only per module. On successful re-submission the student will only be awarded a pass mark which represents an appropriate pass at the required level (ie 50% for Masters level).

The University may impose a resubmission fee for the resubmission of a failed assignment or dissertation.

Deadlines and Extensions: Please note that all students undertaking Faculty modules as part of a Taught Masters scheme (whether ESRC or other) will be subject to the Faculty regulations on deadlines and penalties. That is, that prior to the maximum date, there are published deadlines for the submission of coursework; there are published procedures for the granting of extensions; work submitted after a deadline but within the time limit of an approved extension shall normally be penalised, as follows:

Work submitted up to three days late without an agreed extension will receive a penalty of 10 percentage points (for example a mark of 62% would become 52%) and zero (non-submission) thereafter. Saturdays and Sundays are included as days in this regulation; however, where the third day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, students will have until 10.00 a.m. on Monday to hand in without receiving further penalty. Where the application of a late submission penalty results in a Fail mark, the assessment will be treated according to the standard procedures for failed work.

Students who need an extension are required to contact their module tutor in writing prior to the deadline and giving the tutor sufficient time to consider the reasons for requesting an extension. Please bear in mind that sending an email at 8.00 pm in the evening if an assignment is due the next morning at 9.00 am is not acceptable. We are not able to give students extensions once the deadline has passed, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

We recognise that sometimes, for good reasons, you may be unable to submit your work on time. Reasonable causes for extensions include illness and serious personal problems. If you require an extension, you need to explain in what ways your work has been affected by the circumstances leading to your request (eg if you have fallen ill, please explain since when you were ill and how many days you were unable to work).

Information on Faculty Assessment Criteria, Referencing Guidelines and the University Framework for dealing with plagiarism can be found in appendices below.

Assessment Appendices (PDF)