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Interruption of Study

Interruption of Study is the term the University uses if you have absent with authorisation for more than 10 consecutive study days. The University does not normally allow an Interruption of Study for more than 12 months.

Initially, if you are considering an Interruption of Study, you should speak to your School (personal tutor or course director or your supervisor if you are a postgraduate research student). An Interruption of Study can only be granted on certain grounds and you need to provide relevant supporting evidence.

The grounds are as follows;

  • ill Health
  • Maternity
  • Parental leave
  • Sabbatical Office
  • Work  Experience
  • Exceptional Professional Commitments for Part time students
  • Study abroad
  • Compassionate grounds
  • Finacial hardship
  • Academic ground

There are certain restrictions on when you can apply for Interruption of Study depending on what year of your course you are on.

The main restriction to be aware of it that an Interruption of Study application cannot be considered within 10 days of an assessment period or during an assessment period.  After this point a a studnent would need to apply for Extenuating Circumstances

A Student Advice adviser can explain the different grounds for Interruption of Study and what supporting evidence would be appropriate to support your application. There may be academic, professional, financial or practical consequences for taking an interruption of study and it is important to be aware of these before making the application. An interruption of study may also have an impact on a student visa.If you would like advice on the possible financial implications of taking an interruption of study it may be beneficial for you to speak to the Advice and Money Team in Student Support.  Their email address is adviceandmoney@cardiff.ac.uk

You can make a request for an Interruption of Study via SIMS. It then must be authorised by your Head of School and you will be notified by Registry of the outcome. If your request is rejected, you have 10 days to submit an appeal. A Student Advice adviser can advise you on how to make an appeal if you are unsuccessful.