If you are unwell during your studies

Find out what you need to do if you have missed lectures or exams.

You must read and follow the University regulations if you miss lectures, a coursework or assessment deadline or an exam.

If you think you might miss a deadline, you must follow these regulations before the deadline for that coursework passes.

If you already know that you will struggle with exams or coursework because you have been unwell, discuss this with your tutor.

If you are not sure about what you need to do, contact your school's office.

The Students’ Union also has advice about what you can do if you have missed your studies.

If you do not feel well enough to sit an exam or assessment then you must contact your school before the start of the exam. The University regulations state clearly that you can self certify for your illness. You do not need to see a doctor or nurse to prove to the university that you were unwell in the day of the exam.

Medical certificates will only be issued for illness lasting longer than 7 days.

Medical certificates

If you need a medical certificate you can request one by:

Your data

We will keep records of the information provided in the forms you submit about your absence.

If you frequently self-certify absences, your school may ask you to provide a medical certificate.

Information will be recorded and processed in line with the Data Protection Act.


You must submit work on time unless an extension has been agreed by your School. If you have been ill, you may be able to request an extension. 

Contact your school to discuss an extension.

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