Faculty of Social Sciences


Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas and discoveries of another as one's own. To copy sentences, phrases, or even striking expressions without acknowledgement in a manner which may deceive the reader as to the source is plagiarism; to paraphrase in a manner which may deceive the reader is likewise plagiarism.

A student must not reproduce in any work submitted for assessment (for example, examination answers, essays, project reports, dissertations or theses) any material derived from work authored by another without clearly acknowledging the source.

Duplication of material means the inclusion in coursework (including extended essays, projects and dissertations), of a significant amount of material which is identical or substantially similar to material which has already been submitted for the same, or any other module at this University or elsewhere.

A student must not reproduce in any work submitted for assessment any substantial amount of material used by that student in other work for assessment, either at this University or elsewhere, without acknowledging that such work has been so submitted.

The University regards plagiarism and duplication of material as an extremely serious offence and imposes severe penalties if they occur in coursework, dissertations, projects and examinations. Regrettably, a number of recent cases have led to the students concerned failing their degree programmes, or to being awarded severe penalty marks, which have led to their receiving a lower class of degree. If you need guidance on the correct use and presentation of quotations and source material, you should consult your tutor or seminar leader.

For further information, please see the Academic Integrity website.

Contact csao@kent.ac.uk for undergraduate administration, fso@kent.ac.uk for Faculty matters & student appeals.

Social Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

Last Updated: 13/11/2014