For studies modules, all work is submitted online - for assignments such as essays, this usually means that work is submitted to Turnitin via MOLE.
For language modules, work may be submitted on paper or online, depending on the assignment.

Check module outlines carefully for guidance on hand-in procedures.


Submission deadlines are set by Module Organisers at the beginning of the semester. Dates and specific time for assessed work should be stated clearly on the Module Outline, available through MOLE.

If you are unsure about when to submit work, please check the module outline, before contacting the Module Organiser.

Late Penalties

Work submitted late in the absence of special circumstances will be penalized at a rate of 5% of the mark on merit up until 5 working days after the submission date, and awarded a mark of zero thereafter.

You can find further information on how penalties are applied here.

Deadline Difficulties

Extensions cannot be granted by Module Organisers. If you are unable for good reasons to submit assessed work on time you may request an extension - full details on how to do this can be found here.


ONE electronic file, including your assignment and the standard coversheet must be submitted to the plagiarism detection service Turnitin. Module Organisers will explain the procedures for Turnitin in the module outline. If the upload is successful, you will receive an on-screen digital receipt - this is your proof of submission, so keep it safe! If this does not appear then repeat the Turnitin process again.

It is important that work be submitted correctly to Turnitin, and work that is not submitted to the right place and in the right form will be penalised.

  • Work that does not include the required cover sheet with plagiarism declaration, or that is submitted to the wrong Turnitin assignment (if there is more than one) will be subject to a penalty of 5% of the mark on merit;
  • Work can be submitted on one occasion only, and that submission is the one that will be marked. It is essential that you check carefully that you are submitting the final version of your work, and not an earlier draft with a similar title. It would be good practice to name files to make this clear, for example, <myregistrationnumber EAS??? essay final.docx>
  • Work that does not appear in Turnitin at all will be deemed not submitted. The assignment will receive a mark of zero and this may result in a module grade of NC (Not Completed). It is essential that you check carefully that work has been uploaded successfully before closing the assignment, and keep a copy of all digital receipts for assessed work.

Very occasionally, we receive reports from CICS of problems that result in difficulties uploading to work to Turnitin. If these occur over an assignment deadline, they will be taken into account when finalising marks and applying late penalties. You should be aware, though, that the system may work slowly at other times and should take this into account when planning submission of work.

Essays must be double-spaced or 1.5-spaced, with 2.5cm margins and at least 11 point font size; pages must be numbered; a word count must be provided.

A Cover Sheet giving your registration number and assignment details plus a declaration stating that there has been no plagiarism must be included with your assignment. Copies of the Cover Sheet are available to download on the right-hand side of this page

You can find further information on how to submit and download feedback from Turnitin here.

What to do in the event of a problem

If you experience any technical problems submitting your work to Turnitin, please email Katherine Gallagher (k.gallagher@sheffield.ac.uk).


Anonymous marking is the University system whereby the work you submit for any assessment is marked without the marker knowing your identity.

The University of Sheffield uses anonymous marking, wherever possible, for all assessed work. In SEAS, this is used for all major assignments. Some smaller pieces of work may be identified by name.

It is recognised that anonymous marking cannot take place under certain circumstances, for example, where the nature of the work involves contact between the student and the examiner as part of the assessment (for example, with an in-class presentation) and that, in some cases, an examiner’s familiarity with the content of the work (usually a specific topic identified by an individual student or group) may make anonymity more difficult. Assignment that can not be marked anonymously - such as presentations - will not normally be worth more than 20% of the module grade.

For essays, dissertations and other major assignments, you should ensure that you only put your registration number (as shown on your UCard) on the coursework itself and in the filename and submission name.