Medical certificates and exceptional circumstances

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

  • If you miss lectures, a coursework or assessment deadline or an exam due to illness, you can self-certify if it was less than 7 days. You do not need to see a doctor or nurse to prove to the university that you were unwell.
  • If it was longer than 7 days and you spoke to a doctor or nurse. or went to the hospital, we can do a medical certificate. Email us at or use our online form during working hours.
  • If you need a letter for exceptional circumstances, for example, to request an extension, discuss this with your tutor. Then speak to the doctor or nurse you are seeing. You can also email or use our online form in working hours. 

You can read and follow the University regulations here

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

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.

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.

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