If unexpected circumstances are affecting your ability to work, you may be permitted to extend your progression or confirmation of enrolment (whichever is relevant) deadline, or your submission deadline (this includes your original submission deadline, deadline for re-submitting your thesis where you receive a revise and resubmit outcome at the first attempt, or your corrections deadline). Full details of permissible circumstances can be found in the Policy on Research Degrees.
There is no guarantee that you will be able to extend your programme, especially if the unexpected circumstances could have been remedied with a Leave of Absence at an earlier stage.
Extensions to progression or confirmation of enrolment are normally limited to a maximum of three months. In exceptionally compelling circumstances, a longer extension of up to six months may be granted.
Extensions to submission are normally limited to a maximum of six months. In exceptionally compelling circumstances, a longer extension of up to one year may be granted.
Multiple extensions exceeding a total period of two years will not normally be granted.
Applications for extensions should be made before your current progression, confirmation of enrolment or submission deadline.
If you need to apply for an extension to a progression, confirmation of enrolment or submission deadline, you should speak to your supervisor. If you decide an extension is appropriate, you should agree a proposed extension date. This date should be justified by the circumstances and approved by your departmental Graduate Chair. Extensions can normally only be sought within three months of your existing progression, confirmation or submission deadline.
You should then complete a Recommendation for Extension of Progression/Confirmation/Submission form, as appropriate. The forms ask you to provide:
You may need the agreement of your funding body before an extension request can be approved.
The completed form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. This email should come from the Chair of your Graduate School Board or Board of Studies.
- Recommendation for Extension of Submission (PDF , 256kb)
- Recommendation for Extension of Submission May 2017 (MS Word , 61kb)
You must provide supporting evidence with your extension request. You should submit copies of any evidence along with the extension of submission form.
Evidence may include:
Whilst it is encouraged that students share as much as they can with their department wherever possible, sometimes a student will not want to make their particular personal circumstances known to their department.
If this is the case then the student should submit their request in the normal way (i.e. submitting the form to their supervisor for approval and then the departmental Graduate Chair for departmental approval) but declare in their statement that they have submitted a separate statement and evidence directly to the Special Cases Officer in Research Student Administration.
Sensitive information should be sent directly via email to email@example.com.
Your request will be reviewed by the Special Cases Committee. The Committee may:
Research Student Administration will inform you of the Committee's decision via e-mail. This will confirm your new progression, confirmation of enrolment or submission date. This will also define any conditions attached to the extension, and detail any fees payable.
For extensions to submission, you will have access to computing and library facilities for the period of the extension. Your access will end after your thesis has been submitted for examination.
Depending on your circumstances, you may have to pay a continuation fee following an extension to submission. You will be advised of this when your extension is confirmed.