- Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences
- University of Edinburgh
Interruptions of study guidance for students on postgraduate programmes within the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences.
If you feel at any point that your ability to study is impacted by personal circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to apply for an authorised Interruption of Study (IoS).
You should contact your Personal Tutor at the earliest opportunity if this applies to you.
Applications for Interruptions of Study cannot be backdated, so it is important to notify your Personal Tutor as soon as possible of any difficulties that you’re facing.
The maximum period of interruption cannot exceed 100% of the prescribed period of study for the full time version of the programme. Part-time distance learning students may be able to apply for up to 24 months of interruptions; a maximum of 12 months may be applied for at any one time.
The point at which you are expected to complete your programme of study (your ‘maximum end date’ of study) will be extended accordingly, depending on the length of the period of interruption taken.
While interrupted, your access to University Library facilities should not be affected. However, it is expected that you are not furthering your studies and you will no longer be able to access course materials in Learn.
If you’re a student on a Tier 4 visa, it is recommended that you seek advice from Edinburgh Global before requesting an IoS. If requesting an IoS of more than 2 months, your visa may be suspended and you may be required to leave the UK during the period that you are not studying.
(Contact Edinburgh Global – hyperlink)
In the first instance, you should contact your Personal Tutor to discuss your circumstances, and whether an IoS is appropriate. If it is felt to be appropriate, your Personal Tutor will help you to complete the application form, which is available to download from the BMTO’s website.
You may be required to provide evidence of the circumstances that you describe, from a medical or other certified professional as appropriate. These documents should be submitted by email to your Personal Tutor at the time of application, or as soon as possible thereafter.
If you have any queries about the application process or acceptable evidence, contact your Personal Tutor, or the BMTO Student Support team.