6.10 Going Over the Word Limit

Different assessments have different word lengths specified for them; it is important that you keep to the word length specified for each assessment at all times on the following grounds:

  • To encourage succinct and clear writing by students.
  • To ensure equity between all the students doing that particular assessment

If you are found to have exceeded the specified word limit for an assessment, your work will be subject to a penalty:

  • Up to 10% over length – No deduction off final mark
  • Between 10% and 20% over length – Deduction of 5 marks off final mark
  • 20% or more over length – Maximum mark of 40% (for Undergraduates) and 50% (for Postgraduate Taught)