Student Administration

Special circumstances deadlines

Schools have deadlines for special circumstances applications. Applications made after the school deadline will not be considered unless there is an exceptional reason. Each semester has a final cutoff date for applications. Talk to your Student Support Team before submitting your application to get support and a faster decision.

School deadlines 

Schools have a set of application deadlines. You must apply before the deadline for the school you belong to rather than the school that your course is part of. For example, if you belong to the Business School but it is an Economics course you need support with, you must apply before the Business School deadline. 

Your application must be complete by your school deadline - this includes providing any supporting evidence.

Applications made after the school deadline 

If you have missed the school deadline, your application will only be considered if there is an exceptional reason.  

If you feel that you have an exceptional reason, you must provide: 

  •  the reason why you could not submit your application by the school deadline 

  • additional evidence in the evidence section of the application, explaining why you could not meet the school deadline. 

 

Final semester deadlines 2023/24 

Each semester, there is a final cutoff date for applications.  

Semester 1  

Friday 12th January 2024, 12 noon. 

Semester 2 

Friday 31st May 2024, 12 noon. 

Resit diet 

TBC

Taught Postgraduate dissertations 

TBC

 

Applications made after the final semester deadline 

Applications after the final semester deadlines will not be considered.  

It is vital that you speak to your Student Support Team as soon as you start to experience difficulties. This will allow them to guide you through the application and ensure you meet the deadlines for the semester. 

 

Getting a faster decision 

If you would like your School to consider an expedited decision on your application (a decision made before the relevant Board of Examiners meeting), contact your Student Support Team before submitting your application. 

 

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Business

Undergraduate
Postgraduate

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Centre for Open Learning

Access Semester 1: 30/11/2023 at 12:00 Noon  
  Semester 2: 20/06/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
IFP Term 1: 19/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
  Term 2: 30/04/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
  Term 3: 10/07/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
Short Courses Term 1: 31/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
  Term 2: 15/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
  Term 3: 07/08/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
ELE (Credit bearing visiting student courses- AEVS & EIBC) Term 1: 18/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
  Term 2: 30/04/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
LfA (BSL, Gaelic, Swahili, Ukranian) Semester 1: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
  Semester 2: 02/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon  
Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (10 Weeks ) VSNGTPEAP10F:  
Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (6 Weeks ) VSNGTPEAP06F:  

Divinity

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Economics

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 08/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Edinburgh College of Art

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 10/01/2024 at 17:00 Semester one: 10/01/2024 at 17:00

 

Edinburgh Futures Institute

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Dissertation Resubmissions: 16/02/2024 at 12 Noon

 

Health in Social Sciences

Undergraduate                                             
Postgraduate
Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Dissertation resubmissions: 28/03/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

History, Classics and Archaeology

Undergraduate
Postgraduate

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester two: 24/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester two: 24/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Law

Undergraduate
Postgraduate

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester two: 31/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Literature, Languages and Culture

Undergraduate                               
Postgraduate                  
Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Moray House

Undergraduate 
Postgraduate

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one assessments with a January submission date: 02/02/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one assessments with a January submission date: 02/02/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Undergraduate                                         
Postgraduate                                         

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester two: 24/05/2024 at 17:00

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Dissertation resubmissions: 23/02/2024 at 5pm

Semester two: 24/05/2024 at 17:00

Semester 1 NS resubmissions: 24/05/2024 at 17:00

 

Social and Political Sciences

Undergraduate                                    
Postgraduate
Semester one: 10/01/2024 at 23:59 Semester one: 10/01/2024 at 23:59

CAHSS Visiting Student Office

Undergraduate                                    
Postgraduate
Semester two: 31/05/2024 at 12 Noon Semester two: 31/05/2024 at 12 Noon

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate
Postgraduate

Semester one: 08/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 08/01/2024  at 12:00 noon for the following programmes:

Online

Science Communication & Public Engagement

Biodiversity, Wildlife & Ecosystem Health

Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Global Health & Infectious Diseases

International Animal Health

Anatomical Sciences

Cancer Biology & Precision Oncology

On campus

Human Anatomy

Clinical Anatomy

Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)

Science Communication & Public Engagement

Integrative Neuroscience

 

Clinical Sciences

Undergraduate
Postgraduate

 

ChM AND MSc Ophthalmology

Semester 1 – Monday 4th March 2024

Semester 2 – Monday 15th July 2024

ChM General Surgery

Semester 1 - 4th March 2024

Semester 2 - 15th July 2024

ChM Trauma and Orthopaedics

Semester 1 - 4th March 2024

Semester 2 - 15th July 2024

ChM Urology

Semester 1 – 4th March 2024

Semester 2 – 15th July 2024

ChM Vascular & Endovascular

Semester 1 - 4th March 2024

Semester 2 - 15th July 2024

Other programmes:

Semester 1: 22/12/2023

 

Edinburgh Medical School

Undergraduate                                   
Postgraduate                                            
Year  Exam SC deadline
MBChB 1 Knowledge Test Paper 1 Dec 21/12/2023 at 17:00
MBChB 1 Knowledge Test Paper 2 May 30/05/2024 at 17:00
MBChB 1 Anatomy 30/05/2024 at 17:00
     
MBChB 2 Knowledge Test Paper 1 Dec 22/12/2023 at 17:00
MBChB 2
Knowledge Test Paper 2 May  
10/05/2024 at 17:00
MBChB 2 Anatomy  0/05/2024 at 17:00
MBChB 2 OSCE 10/05/2024 at 17:00
     
MBChB 4 Exams 12/06/2024 at 17:00
MBChB 5 Exams 03/07/2024 at 17:00
     
MBChB 6 Knowledge Test 09/02/2024 at 17:00
MBChB 6 OSCE 09/02/2024 at 17:00
MBChB 6 Resit diet (June) 10/06/2024 at 17:00
     
HCP 1 Dec  12/12/2023 at 17:00
HCP 2 Dec  19/12/2023 at 17:00
     
HCP 1 June / July 08/07/2024 at 17:00
HCP 2 June / July 08/07/2024 at 17:00
     
HCP 3 Knowledge Test 1 16/01/2024 at 17:00
  Knowledge Test 2 21/03/2024 at 17:00
  Knowledge Test 3 20/05/2024 at 17:00
  OSCE 12/06/2024 at 17:00
  Knowledge Test 4 08/07/2024 at 17:00
     
HCP 1 & 2 resits   22/08/2024 at 17:00
     
MBChB 1 Resit diet 12/08/2024 at 17:00
MBChB 2 Resit diet 12/08/2024 at 17:00

These dates apply to the following programmes:

MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Clinical Education

PGCert Simulation Based Clinical Education​​​​​

Semester one: 19/01/2024:

MEED11013 Principles of Teaching and Learning 

MEED11017 Research in Clinical Education 

MEED11036 Critical Literature Review 

 

Semester two: 27/05/2024

MEED11022 Assessment, Examinations and Standard Setting  

MEED11027 Simulation Methodology for Clinical Education 

MEED11034 Teaching Online in a Professional Context 

MEED11029 Personal and Professional Development for Practice  

MEED11014 The Curriculum   

MEED11024 Clinical Education and Digital Culture 

MEED11020 Policy, Leadership and Management and Evaluation 

MEED11025 Current Issues in Clinical Education 

MEED11035 Adopting Quality Improvement Methodology Approaches to Clinical Education 

 

Semester three: 30/09/2024

MEED11021 Dissertation (Clinical Education) 

 

Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Postgraduate

Term 1: 22/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Course code 

Course

MCLM11027

Patient & Public Involvement

MCLM11072

Introduction to Health Economics & Applied Health Economics

MCLM11079

Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials and Medical Statistics

HEIN11037

Introduction to data science in health and social care

HEIN11054

Systems Thinking

HEIN11055

Big Data Analytics

HEIN11060

Health Data Science

PUHR11105

Principles of Epidemiology and Statistics

PUHR11113

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

GLHE11071

Foundations of Family Medicine

GLHE11077

Family Medicine Approach to Non-Communicable Disease

GLHE11093

Methodologies to Improve Family Medicine Practice

PUHR11106

Challenges of Ageing and Care

GLHE11006

Global Health Challenges: An Introduction

HEIN11076

Service Transformation: People, Processes and Technology

PUHR11001

Health Promotion

PUHR11032

Introduction to Epidemiology

PUHR11033

Introduction to Qualitative Research

PUHR11038

Introduction to Systematic Reviews

PUHR11050

Introduction to Statistics

PUHR11085

Principles of Public Health

GLHE11017

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

PUHR11058

Introduction to Health Promotion

PUHR11065

Societies, Reproduction and Health

PUHR11066

Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

PUHR11081

Public Policy for Health

PUHR11082

Introduction to Public Health

 

Term 2: 13/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Course code 

Course

MCLM11020

Principles of Clinical Trial Management

MCLM11054

Pharmacovigilance

MCLM11078

Ethical and Regulatory Considerations in Clinical Trials

HEIN11039

Introduction to statistics in health and social care

HEIN11041

Health and social care delivery and organisation

HEIN11046

User-driven service design in health and social care

HEIN11048

Introduction to databases and information systems

HEIN11059

Data Ethics in Health and Social Care

HEIN11060

Health Data Science

HEIN11065

Intermediate statistics for health and social care

HEIN11066

Foundations of software development in health and social care [REPLACEMENT]

PUHR11067

Intermediate Epidemiology

PUHR11103

Data Analysis with R

PUHR11112

Advanced Epidemiology

PUHR11118

Research Design for Epidemiology

GLHE11078

Family Medicine Approach to Maternal and Child Health

GLHE11092

Applying evidence-based practice in family medicine

GLHE11094

Family Medicine Project

GLHE11048

Evaluation of Global Health & Development Programmes

GLHE11090

Global Challenges: Integrating Sustainable Development SLICC (Health)

PUHR11008

Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health 

PUHR11016

Epidemiology for Public Health

PUHR11026

Sociology of Health and Illness

PUHR11040

Statistical Modelling

PUHR11054

Investing in Global Health and Development

PUHR11056

Global Health Epidemiology

PUHR11057

Developing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions

PUHR11084

Introduction to Health Economics and Resource Allocation

PUHR11086

Health in All Policies and Health Impact Assessment

PUHR11114

Introduction to R for Public Health

PUHR11115

Research Design for Public Health

GLHE11063

Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics

GLHE11087

Introduction to Global Mental Health

PUHR11074

Integrating Public Health Practice

PUHR11076

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in a Global Context

PUHR11080

Research Design for Public and Global Health

PUHR11087

Governance and Financial Management for Public Health Projects

PUHR11088

Qualitative Interviewing and data analysis for public health

VESC11224

Innovative Approaches to health Challenges across Disciplines

 

Term 3: 29/07/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Course code 

Course

MCLM11023

Clinical Trials in Special Populations

MCLM11080

Trial Designs

HEIN11040

Data visualisation: knowledge transfer

HEIN11041

Health and social care delivery and organisation

HEIN11042

Managing and leading data-driven innovation

HEIN11043

Digital technologies in health and social care

HEIN11047

Data security and protection in health and social care

HEIN11048

Introduction to databases and information systems

HEIN11056

Implementation science: putting evidence-based interventions into practice

HEIN11060

Health Data Science

HEIN11066

Foundations of software development in health and social care [REPLACEMENT]

HEIN11068

Data types and structures in Python and R [REPLACEMENT]

PUHR11067

Intermediate Epidemiology

PUHR11112

Advanced Epidemiology

PUHR11117

Introduction to Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology

GLHE11073

Professionalism in Family Practice

GLHE11079

Family Medicine Approach to Patients with Complex Needs

GLHE11076

Maternal and Child Health in a Global Context

GLHE11082

Global Challenges in Healthy Ageing

PUHR11008

Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health 

PUHR11026

Sociology of Health and Illness

PUHR11040

Statistical Modelling

PUHR11049

Dissertation

PUHR11054

Investing in Global Health and Development

PUHR11056

Global Health Epidemiology

GLHE11080

Migration and Health

PUHR11063

Data Analysis for Epidemiology

PUHR11068

Epidemiology for Public Health Practice

PUHR11069

Systematic Reviews

PUHR11076

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in a Global Context

PUHR11083

Public Health Approaches to declining health, dying and bereavement

PUHR11088

Qualitative Interviewing and data analysis for public health

VESC11224

Innovative Approaches to health Challenges across Disciplines

 

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Undergraduate                         
Postgraduate

Semesters one and two:  

Please check with the School.

Semesters one and two:  

Standard PGT deadlines for the submission of Special Circumstances applications fall approximately 3 weeks after the course end date, as follows: 

 

Course delivery period           

  

Earliest course start date          
Latest course end date            
SC Deadline                           

Online Term 1 

18/09/2023

01/12/2023 

03/01/2024 at 13:00 

On Campus Semester 1 

18/09/2023

01/12/2023 

03/01/2024 at 13:00 

Online Term 2 

08/01/2024

22/03/2024 

12/04/2024 at 13:00

On Campus Semester 2 

15/01/2024 

05/04/2024 

26/04/2024 at 13:00 

Online Term 3 

08/04/2024 

21/06/2024 

12/07/2024 at 13:00  

Special Circumstances submission deadlines for courses that do not fit within the above delivery periods (eg. full year courses) will be published in the LEARN course.

 

College of Science and Engineering

Biological Sciences

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 08/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon Semester one: 08/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Chemistry

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 09/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon Semester one: 09/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Bayes Centre (Data Science, Technology and Innovation)

Postgraduate
 
See relevant course-owning School  

 

Engineering

Undergraduate        
Postgraduate
Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

   Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon​​

 

GeoSciences

Undergraduate    
Postgraduate

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester two: 24/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

Semester two: 24/05/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Informatics

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Mathematics

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon Semester one: 12/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon

 

Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate
Postgraduate
Semester one: 11/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon Semester one: 11/01/2024 at 12:00 Noon