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Special circumstances

Dealing with personal issues that interfere with your studies

Reporting special circumstances

Special Circumstances are circumstances beyond your control that have had a significant negative impact on your performance.  

Your Personal Tutor (PT) and Student Support Team are your first point of contact if you are considering making a Special Circumstances application. They can give you advice, guidance, and direction to other University Services if necessary, such as Student Counselling and the Student Disability Service.  

Special Circumstances are submitted online, through the Assessment Support System

Apply for Special Circumstances

The Extensions and Special Circumstances Service have produced step-by-step instruction videos on how to complete and submit a Special Circumstances application

Applying for Support


Who to contact

To report special circumstances, please contact the School postgraduate office.

Postgraduate Office enquiries

Contact details



Room G.05
Dugald Stewart Building


  • Monday to Friday:
    9.30 am to 12.30 pm
    1.30 pm to 5.00 pm

    We are working in the office on a rota basis due to social distancing regulations.

    If you would like to talk to a member of the team, please email us and we will respond as quickly as possible.