SOAS University of London


Masters Dissertation Deferral

If you are a Masters student who is due to submit your dissertation in September 2022 but feel you are unable to meet the deadline please read the information below.

Late Submission by 30th September 2022 - Mitigating Circumstances

If you cannot submit your dissertation by the published deadline of 8th September 2022, the final school deadline for late submissions is 11:59pm on 30th September 2022.

If you wish to apply for Mitigating Circumstance, the maximum refund for late marks will apply, anything submitted after 30th September will be taken as non-submission.

Otherwise, normal rules for late penalties and mitigating circumstances apply.

Submission after 30th September 2022 - Deferral

If you feel you need a longer period of time to complete your dissertation you should apply for a 'deferral' by completing the form at the bottom of this page. You can apply to defer submission to one of the following dates - please note that the maximum period of deferral granted is for one calendar year:

  • 24th March 2023 - results will be published in early July 2023.
  • 8th September 2023 - results will be published in late November 2023.

Please note that applications for deferral must be submitted by Thursday 08 September 2022.  

To apply for a dissertation deferral please complete the dissertation deferral application form

You are advised to read the Mitigating Circumstances Policy

If you have a Student/Tier 4 visa you will not be able to apply for the Graduate Route if you defer your Masters submission to March or September 2023. Read the Graduate Route FAQs before applying to defer your dissertation.