Late coursework & extension requests

The School of Informatics policy on coursework deadlines, which applies across all taught courses. Final-year and MSc projects have different rules on the submission of dissertations.

Normally, you will not be allowed to submit coursework late. Coursework submitted after the deadline set will receive a mark of 0%.

If you have a good reason to need to submit late, you must do the following:

  • Read this section carefully, especially the "good reasons" for late submissions.

  • Request an extension (i.e. a specific length of time in days) identifying the affected course and assignment.

  • Submit the request via the ITO Contact Form. The ITO will record this and pass it to the year organiser. Please DO NOT ask the course lecturer for an extension, as they are not able to grant such extensions themselves.

You must submit your request as early as possible, and before the coursework deadline. Only in exceptional circumstances — for example, illness that prevented you contacting the ITO — can an extension be granted after a deadline has passed.


"Good reason" for an extension means something that, in the judgement of the member of staff responsible, would prevent a competent, well-organised, conscientious student from being able to submit on time. Examples include:

  • Significant illness. Significance is context dependent; in general, an illness is more likely to be significant the closer to the deadline it occurs. For example, illness on the day of the deadline which prevented you from being able to get to the ITO to hand in paper would be significant, but one day of illness at other times would not, because you should expect and plan to lose some days to illness.

  • Serious personal problems. This is even harder to define, but examples include relationship breakdown, eviction from your home, illness of a family member, and other unfortunate circumstances that make it impossible to work for a while. Again, things that happen closer to the deadline are more likely to be considered good reasons.

  • Interviews/selection procedures, in some circumstances, e.g. if they take you away from Edinburgh for more than one day at short notice.


You should always inform your Personal Tutor of any such thing that seriously affects your work, whether or not you ask for an extension as a consequence. If you prefer, you can choose to discuss details only with your Personal Tutor; s/he can then advocate with other members of staff for you without going into details.

Non-examples, things that would not be considered good reasons, include anything you could have planned for or avoided: difficult clusters of deadlines, attending social events, the demands of any job you undertake during semester, last-minute computer problems, loss of work through (your) backup failure, etc.

In general, you are expected to plan your time well and including contingency time. For example, if you expect a piece of work to take two days, you should begin it more than two days before its deadline.


Note that this policy varies in other Schools and external courses may have different late submission rules.