Awards ‘with Distinction’ are to be made only to candidates of exceptional merit and who have reached this standard at the first attempt. The Examiners shall, if either of them so wishes, require a candidate to attend an oral examination or, where this has not already been prescribed, a written examination. If the Examiners suspect that plagiarism has taken place in any written paper or dissertation, the School Disciplinary Committee will consider the alleged breach of the regulations as per the procedures outlined in 5.
A dissertation should take the form of an extended essay or of a report on a project undertaken by the candidate during his/her programme of study.
In all other instances the Board of the Faculty will normally expect separate reports.
6.6 In the case of programmes where a candidate is required to take a written examination and subsequently prepare and submit a dissertation recommendations (if appropriate) may be made after the written examination and not at the end of the programme of study.
6.7 Where the Examiners recommend that a candidate be permitted to revise and resubmit a dissertation, or that a degree or Postgraduate Diploma be awarded subject to minor corrections to the dissertation, the Internal Examiner will be responsible for ensuring that a written statement giving details of the revisions or minor corrections required is sent to the School Office.
6.8 Examiners may find it helpful to know that, where they recommend that a candidate be required to revise and resubmit a dissertation, the candidate will be required to pay a resubmission fee and the External Examiner will receive a fee for examining the revised dissertation.As a former journalist, assistant professor, and seasoned dissertation-writing-workshop coach at New York University, I can promise you there is only one fail-safe method, one secret, one guaranteed trick that you need in order to finish your dissertation: Write. If you want to complete your dissertation in a reasonable amount of time—and trust me, you do—you must learn to prioritize the act of writing itself and write every day. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are no magical shortcuts to the production of prose, academic or otherwise.6.4 The form of re-examination recommended by the Board of Examiners may include the following: 6.4.1 That the candidate be permitted to resubmit the dissertation in a revised form not later (except in cases of illness or other good cause) than twelve months after the decision to allow resubmission has been made by the Board of the Faculty.If at least one of the Examiners so wishes, he/she may require the candidate to undergo an oral or written examination or both.Where a dissertation is deemed to have failed or to be of distinction level or to be borderline fail/pass or borderline between two classifications, the dissertation must be examined by the External Examiner and separate reports must be submitted by each Examiner.The Examiners will be advised of the nature and extent of the programme of study followed by the candidate and of the conventions under which the programme is examined and of whether the Faculty Board has authorised the award of the degree of Master "with Merit" or "with Distinction" to candidates taking the programme.6.2 The recommendations which the Board of Examiners may make are as set out in paragraph 7.10 of the Regulations (available at 6.3 The Senate has agreed that a candidate who, at the first attempt at any part of the examination, fails to reach the standard required should, except in exceptional circumstances, be offered a further opportunity to reach the required standard, either by taking further examinations or by revising and resubmitting a dissertation.You will not be researching or looking anything up during your writing time (research and editing are discrete tasks, believe it or not, and should be done in separate blocks).Don’t do “poms”—timed sessions of 25 minutes with five-minute breaks in between—for writing.