I recently completed my Masters at a prestigious UK university and received feedback on my dissertation that is fairly inconsistent with what I have written. For example, the reviewer has asked me to use data on "eligible" households when evaluating the impact of the social security scheme I am writing about, when in reality all the datasets I use are of eligible households only. Moreover, my title is grossly misinterpreted as the name of the social security scheme has been understood as a verb. Finally, my case study analysis that evaluates the impact of the scheme in different states of differing inequality status, has been reviewed as a "secondary literature review" that is "too dominated" by the discussion around said social security scheme's impact.

In my defense, I have reviewed my datasets, methodology, and parts of my results with my academic mentor and other professors alongside a few PhD students at the school all of whom have given me positive feedback.

Although I have scored a Merit, I was sure that my entire thesis deserved a mark higher than 70 (Distinction). Unfortunately, there is no appeals process against academic judgement and there seems to be nobody who complains about that fact either.

Am I missing something? I have faced similar issues in the past with graded essays but most definitely not to this degree.

Please help!

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    I think if there is a solution it is entirely local to your own institution.
    – Buffy
    Nov 24 at 16:17
  • Unfortunately, there is no way I can appeal this formally or otherwise. The University has a clear mandate that there is no re-mark or reevaluation of any summative work. I am also astounded that nobody seems to have an issue with that fact.
    – user139729
    Nov 24 at 16:22
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    No one here can help you. All the options are local.
    – Buffy
    Nov 24 at 16:24
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    Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
    – Community Bot
    Nov 24 at 17:12
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    I vote to reopen because processes around dissertation assessment and appeals are mostly consistent across institutions in the UK. Nov 26 at 7:55