Help & Advice

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Mitigating Circumstances and Temporary Withdrawal

Taught postgraduate students that have a genuine reason for not being able to perform well in an exam or assignment are able to claim Mitigating Circumstances. Reasons for claims might include illness, bereavement or other serious crisis affecting your performance.

PGR students are able apply for temporary withdrawal for a minimum period of 1 month. It is important to talk through the possibility of temporary withdrawal with your Director of Studies. You will need their explicit support in some circumstances.

Reasons include:

  • Significant illness or accident
  • Serious illness or sudden deterioration in a chronic medical condition or disability of a close family member
  • Matermity leave
  • Bereavement
  • Serious family difficulties

For a full list of reasons see your handbook

Any student who wishes to temporarily withdraw from their studies must set out their case in the RDB4a form providing appropriate evidence to support thie application. For more information see your Handbook for MPhil/PhD Students and Supervisors

The Help & Advice Service can help with completion of the RDB4a or advice on suitable evidence.