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Deferring Graduation

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The Degrees and Other Awards Statute of the University states that you must graduate within twelve months of completing your qualification. This means that if, for example, you complete your qualification at the end of semester two (ie. in November), you must graduate either in December of the same year or in May or August of the following year. If you wish to defer your graduation beyond this, you must apply in writing (either a letter or an email) to the Group Leader, Graduation for permission.

Permission is usually granted only to allow you to complete a second qualification so that you may have both conferred at the same ceremony. However, please note that it is very unusual to be granted permission to defer graduating with an undergraduate qualification while you complete a postgraduate qualification. It is also rare for permission to be granted if you wish to defer graduating for more than one year.

Anyone who has neither applied to graduate nor received permission to defer their graduation within the specified time frame will automatically have their qualification conferred in absentia. It will then be held by the Graduation Office until you contact us and advise us where it is to be sent.

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