Take a leave of absence

Follow these steps if you are taking a break from your studies and intend to return to the university.

Taking a leave of absence means taking an authorised break from your studies, usually for a maximum of one calendar year.

You may decide to take a leave of absence if you:

Take a leave of absence: step-by-step

If you are thinking about taking a leave of absence, please follow these steps:

Download a Leave of Absence form

PhD researchers must submit a leave of absence request using PhD Manager


Deregistration Policy

Deregistration is the term given to a break in study either via Leave of Absence or Complete Withdrawal.

Deregistration can only take place via the student portal if you have already registered as a new or returning student.  If you have not registered for the current year and wish to withdraw or take a leave of absence, simply fill in a Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form in consultation with your Course Director.

If you feel you would like to deregister due to difficulties you are having with your studies or University life in general or if you need to deregister for any other reason you should initially speak to your Course Director.

Student Wellbeing can also provide further advice and support.