Change of plan
There are many occasions when personal circumstances may make it necessary for you to change aspects of your course.
The decision to make changes to your course should not be taken lightly and you should discuss any proposed changes with your supervisor. It is essential that you understand the implications that any changes may have.
To find out when you can expect to receive the outcome of any Leave of Absence or Extension request, please see our PGR Special Cases Committee deadlines.
Take extra time to write up your thesis.
Leave of absence
Take a break from your studies for medical or personal reasons.
Change your mode of attendance
Switch from full-time to part-time or vice-versa.
Change your programme
Upgrade or downsize your degree, or transfer between departments.
Leave the University
What to do if you wish to withdraw from your course and leave the University.
Important implications of changing your plan
Please ensure you are aware of all the effects that changing your course may have.
Changes to your course may affect your visa. See our information about changes of location and absences for Student visa holders. You must contact an Immigration Adviser before making changes.
Changes to your course may affect your course fees. You can find out more about changes to your fee status from the Fees Office.
Your eligibility for internal or external funding may be affected by changes to your course. This includes York Scholarships, Research Council studentships, US Federal Loans, other foreign loans, sponsorship, charity funding, etc.
It is your responsibility to be aware of any implications that changes to your course may have for your funding. You can find out more from your funding body or the PGR Administration Team.
If you take a leave of absence, switch to part-time study, or withdraw from your course, you must terminate your accommodation agreement within four weeks of your change of status.
Changes to your course may affect your eligibility for exemption from Council Tax. Council Tax rules may vary depending on where you live, and can be complex. You should speak to a Student Welfare Adviser or contact your local council.