Frequesntly Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Q. Who is my personal tutor?

A. Dr Yu Chen is standing in as Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies for Semester One. The Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies acts as the Personal Tutor for all taught postgraduate students within SEAS. In Semester Two Dr Kate Taylor-Jones will resume the role. Their contact details can be found at

Q. How do I apply for an extension?

A. Extensions cannot be granted by Module Organisers. Any student who is unable for good reasons to submit assessed work on time should follow the Extenuating Circumstances procedure.

The forms can be downloaded here: 

Q. What happens if I fail a module?

A. University regulations allow Postgraduate (Taught) students to resit any failed module on one occasion only, within one year of the first fail. Normally this resit is taken in the August resit period, though you may choose to take a resit in the normal examination period of the following year if it is an exam (January/February for semester one modules).

Please note however that University Regulations allow Postgraduate (Taught) students to be recommended for the award of a Masters degree, provided that they have a minimum of 165 credits, with an overall mean grade of 50, and no module grade below 40.

(For details, see regulations 18-20 at: /

This means that, depending on your Spring semester results, you may not be required to resit both modules in order to obtain a Masters degree.

You can find more information on re-sitting modules at:

Q. How do I find out about Graduation?

A. Invitations to Postgraduate Taught students are issued via email at the end of September and registration for the ceremony is on-line. All necessary information and the on-line registration forms are reached via the Graduation home page ( and web links are provided to arrange robe hire, catering etc.

Q. When will my University account close?

A. Your account will be suspended on the first Saturday after you graduate.

Once your account is suspended, you will no longer be able to use log on to campus computers or use the photocopiers and printers. You will also lose access to your personal filestore or your University email account.

You can find more information on your account closure at: