Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Deferring your offer

If you have been particularly affected by Covid-19 and are thinking of deferring your offer, please follow this guidance.

Our approach to deferrals

Our approach to deferrals has always recognised that individual offer-holders may face significant personal challenges or circumstances which mean that they are unable to start their studies as originally planned.

While we recognise that all students are likely to have faced some level of disruption from Covid-19, we also acknowledge that some applicants will find their ability to take up their studies particularly affected.

We will prioritise deferral requests from these students:

  • Students acting as essential workers who may be unable to relinquish their duties before the start of the semester
  • Students affected by personal illness, injury or mental health problems
  • Students who have experienced family illness or bereavement
  • Students with caring responsibilities or dependents
  • Students facing financial hardship or disruption of funding
  • Athletes in preparation for rescheduled major sporting events

While recognising the increased levels of general uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are also aware of the risks to academic momentum associated with deferral and of the need to treat applicants in different intake years on a fair basis.  

Consequently, while deferrals will be available, availability will be limited. This will be particularly true for high demand programmes, to avoid imposing a material disadvantage on 2021 applicants by a reduction in the range of places available to them. 

Undergraduate deferrals

Guidance for deferring a place on an undergraduate programme due to start in 2020.

Postgraduate taught deferrals

Guidance for deferring a place on a postgraduate taught programme due to start in 2020.

Deferrals for suspended programmes

If the programme you have applied for has been suspended due to Covid-19, you may be able to defer your entry.

Contact the college admissions team who is dealing with your application to discuss your options.

Contact details are listed on your programme page in our degree finders.

Undergraduate degree finder 

Postgraduate degree finder 

Can I undefer?

If you have deferred your offer and want to know if you can undefer if your circumstances change, contact the college admissions team who is dealing with your application.

Contact details are listed on your programme page in our degree finders.

Undergraduate degree finder 

Postgraduate degree finder