Leave of absence


A few students encounter difficulties during the course of a degree programme which mean that they have to take a period of leave of absence from their degree.

On a taught modular programme such as ours, it is difficult to take a few weeks away from full-time study during the teaching year and then pick up the threads again because of the number of classes that you will have missed. Depending on your circumstances, you may find that you need to take an extended period of absence in order to be able to resume the course full-time without suffering any disadvantage. 

If you are thinking about taking leave of absence you should discuss this with your personal tutor, the Director of MA Programmes or the Postgraduate Support Manager. If together you decide that leave of absence is the best way forward then you will need to complete a Leave of Absence form (available from the SSiD webpages) and submit it to the Postgraduate Support Manager. Applications are submitted to the Faculty by Departments and students are notified of the outcome of their application in due course.

You will also need to take into account any financial implications and the Student Advice Centre are well placed to advise you on this.