General Additional Details

General Additional Details

Grading System

Al-Mustafa International University employs either a grading scale with letter values or a grading scale with only pass/fail values in the assessment of examinations.


The pass/fail scale is applied as an independent scale with only two possible results, and is not connected to the letter grades.

Letter grades

The grading scale with letter values is a descending scale where A is the best grade, E the lowest pass grade and F is fail. The assessment is based on defined, qualitative criteria for each grade in the grading scale.

Below you find the general, qualitative descriptions of the criteria used in the assessment of examinations.

A – Excellent

An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking.

B – Very good

A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a very good degree of independent thinking.

C – Good

A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgement and independent thinking in the most important areas.

D – Satisfactory

A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.

E – Sufficient

A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.

F – Fail

A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independent thinking.

Explanations and Appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.


You can submit an appeal against your grades for all written examinations. You cannot submit an appeal against the grades of oral or practical examinations when the performance is not documented for future purposes.


The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Re-sit an Examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

Withdrawal from an Examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must inform to the Head of the Department with a written letter at least two weeks prior to the exam date. Failure to do so will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special Examination Arrangements

Students can request from the Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations if they need some special examination arrangements.

Exam results

  • Your exam results will be sent to your registered e-mail within three weeks after the exam.

Ask for an Explanation of Your Grade

We recommend that you ask for an explanation of your grade before deciding to submit an appeal.

The result from the appeal process is final and may be the same as, better or worse than the original grade. You can ask for an explanation of the new grade, but you cannot appeal against the new grade.


One week after the grade was published. If you have asked for an explanation of your grade, or made a complaint based on formal examination errors, the deadline runs from the date you have received the explanation or an answer to your complaint.

Processing time

You will normally receive an answer within one month. If it takes longer, you will be notified. The results are given by letter or by e-mail.

How to submit an appeal

Use the form to submit an appeal against grades for written examinations:

you can download the form our website.

print and fill out the form and send to info@miu.lk

How is the appeal processed?

After we receive the appeal form you will receive an e-mail receipt.

Your answer papers are reassessed by two new examiners. At least one of the new examiners is external, i.e. from outside the al-Mustafa International university Sri Lanka Branch.

The new examiners have access to your answer papers, the examination question paper and any assessment guidelines. They do not have access to the original grade or the original examiners’ explanation of this.

You have the right to withdraw your appeal until the case is settled.


  • Contact the Department of Political Science and International Relations.



3 hour written exam and term paper.

The term paper must:

  • be less than 5000 words.
  • meet the formal requirements for submission of written assignments

You receive one overall grade for written exam and the term paper. You must pass the term paper and your written examination in the same semester.

Use of Sources and Citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination Support Material

The English medium students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of Examination

The examination text is given in English/Tamil/Sinhala, and you submit your response in one of the languages.


What is a Postponed Exam?

Postponed written exams are arranged for you if you are ill or have another valid reason for not attending an exam. The postponed exam is held in the same semester as the regular exam or before tuition commences in the next semester.

In courses which are offered each semester, students with an approved reason for absence may be directed to the next ordinary examination.

With home exams or assignments, you may in some cases be granted an extended deadline instead of a postponed exam.

Do I qualify for a Postponed Exam?

Valid reasons for absence must be documented and include the following:

  • If you, or a person for whom you are the primary caretaker, are ill
  • Childbirth
  • Death of a close relative
  • Other weighty reasons outside of your own control

Other weighty reasons outside of your own control may include for instance military service, trials or political representation. High-level sports or cultural events may also be approved.

Nervousness, insomnia, traffic delays, private travels or similar are not accepted as valid reasons for absence. In the case of illness during the preparation period, you should consider applying for a leave of absence.


Assignment Writing and Submission

Technical standards

  • Requirements for word limit will vary. See “Examination” on the relevant course page for information about the word limit. The total amount of words shall include footnotes, but exclude references/bibliography.
  • Fonts are optional, but must be in accordance with standards that give approximately 300-400 words per page. We, however, recommend the use of Times New Roman for English Medium, Kalaham for Tamil Medium and Kaputa for Sinhala Medium with font size 12.
  • A4 is the standard page format. Left, right, top and bottom margins must be at least 2,5 cm. The text must be written with 1,5 line spacing.
  • Number all the pages.

The front page should contain

  • course code
  • semester and year
  • candidate number (do not write your name on the assignment)
  • word count (front page, list of references, table of content, table, figures and appendix are not included in the word count)
  • title

How to submit the assignment

  • You hand in your assignment to the Department before the given deadline.
  • You hand in the paper before 17.00 at the date of submission.


  • You must familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citation and
  • Read the given guidelines how to write and cite.
  • Your paper will be checked for plagiarism if suspect.


Use of Sources and Citations

In order to write a good assignment, it is essential that you use sources correctly. Using other people’s material without declaring it properly may be considered as cheating or attempted cheating.

Main rules

  • Your assignment should be your own independent work, a result of your own learning and efforts.
  • You may use other people’s material:
    • as sources of information about your topic
    • to support and illustrate your line of reasoning
  • You must cite the source if you obtain data, reasoning and arguments from the literature, syllabus, lecture notes, web pages, other students’ papers or your own previously submitted papers.
  • All sources should be specified in your assignment, both in the text and in the list of references.

Academic integrity

Scientific arguments and claims should be open to testing and criticism. Correct use of sources and citations are elements in ensuring this.


Failure to properly cite sources or highlight quotes in any assignments that are handed in may be considered as cheating or attempted cheating. Cheating can have serious consequences for students.

How to cite

  • Reference styles. The different subject areas use different styles for citing and referring to sources and for providing references. Ask your teacher if you are in doubt about which reference style to use. We recommend you use Harvard Reference Style.
  • Read, How to cite, this gives a complete introduction to the use of sources, citations and reference styles.