Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Special Circumstances: Postgraduate students completing 2023/24 courses

Specific information for students in this category.

Special Circumstances explained

If you are experiencing circumstances beyond your control that are having an adverse impact on your academic performance, you can apply for a short coursework extension and/or Special Circumstances.  

Your Student Adviser (SA) or Supervisor should be your first point of contact to discuss your circumstances.  They will be able to advise you on a range of support services available through the University’s central services and external agencies. They will also be able to explain the process of applying for Special Circumstances and provide a statement to support your application.  

Apply for a short coursework extension (on-campus)

Apply for a short coursework extension (online)

Contact Student Support by email:



Semester 1

The deadline for submitting Special Circumstances for PG students on 2023/24 courses in Semester 1 is at 12:00 Noon on 8 January 2023.  

Semester 2

Please note that there are different deadlines for submitting Special Circumstances for specific postgraduate programmes.

Programmes Deadline

Anatomical Sciences (Online Learning)

Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health (Online Learning)

Cancer Biology and Precision Oncology (Online Learning)

Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (Online Learning)

Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Learning)

International Animal Health (Online Learning)

Science Communication and Public Engagement (Online Learning)

Science Communication and Public Engagement MSc

Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) MScR

Neuroscience (Integrative Neuroscience) MScR

12:00 noon on Monday 15 April 2024

Clinical Anatomy MSc

Human Anatomy MSc

12:00 noon on Monday 13 May 2024

What happens next?

When a student’s Special Circumstances application is accepted, the relevant Board of Examiners will take into account the impact on the student’s assessments and take appropriate action in the best academic interest of the student without disadvantage or advantage in relation to their peers. The options available to the Board of Examiners are detailed in the Special Circumstance Policy. 

Special Circumstances Policy 

How to apply

Special Circumstances applications are submitted to the Extensions and Special Circumstances Services team (ESC).

The ESC website provides details on how to apply along with information on the criteria for applying and evidence needed. The ESC pages also detail how application decisions will be communicated and anticipated timeframes.

ESC website 

If you have questions about your application, the Extensions and Special Circumstances team can be contacted by email:  They aim to respond to completed Special Circumstances applications (including information on affected assignments, providing evidence, etc.) within five working days to advise if an application has been accepted.

More information on Special Circumstances can be found on the University's Academic Services' website. 

University’s Academic Services’ website.