Applying To Interrupt your Studies

You should complete this application if:

  • You have identified a time, either currently or in the future (retrospective interruptions are not normally approved), where you will be unable to study. Examples of these personal extenuating circumstances include (but are not restricted to) the following:
  • You have taken up full-time employment and cannot currently devote time to your studies; or your current career must take priority over your studies.
  • You are financially unable to continue with your studies for the present time.
  • You are experiencing ill health (emotional or physical), or you will be undergoing an operation that will require a period of recovery, and you therefore require leave of more than 4 weeks.
  • You would like to take maternity leave of more than 4 weeks.
  • It has been necessary to return to your home country to attend to a family emergency.

Your application will be considered only if:

  • You have submitted your application while still within your maximum period of candidature. Requests for retrospective interruptions submitted on or after your thesis submission deadline will not be considered. You should instead apply for an extension to your thesis submission deadline.
  • You have stated the proposed dates of your interruption. Interruptions cannot be “open-ended.” If you are unsure of when you might be able to return to your studies you should apply for up to 12 months in the first instance and, towards the end of that period, apply to extend your interruption if necessary.
  • You have provided as full an explanation as possible of the reasons for your request, have been specific about the problem, and precise about how your studies have been or will be affected.
  • You have provided evidence in support of your request, such as a letter from your GP, consultant or employer. Please note that applications submitted without any evidence are unlikely to be successful.
  • Your supervisor(s) have confirmed their support of your application.
  • Your Head of School/Institute or Nominee has confirmed their support of your application.

You should note:

  • Your registration will be suspended for the duration of the interruption. You will still retain access to IT facilities, but your library privileges will be reduced.
  • Your Supervisory Team are not obliged to support you academically during your interruption.
  • Your thesis submission deadline will be put back by the length of the interruption.
  • Candidature will not normally be suspended for more than 12 months.
  • If you are currently in the UK as the holder of a visa (in any category) suspending your studies could have implications relating to your immigration status (and that of your family if they are also here in the UK with you). You are advised to attend one of the Visa Drop-In sessions before you submit your application, where staff will be happy to discuss your situation.
  • If you are in receipt of a studentship (other than from Newcastle University or a UK Research Council, such as the AHRC or ESRC), it is your responsibility to notify your sponsor of your interruption to your studies.
  • If you are in receipt of a studentship from a UK research council such as the AHRC or ESRC, you must ensure that your interruption complies with the terms and conditions of your studentship. Before submitting your application, please inform the appropriate RSST or MSGS Graduate School Administrator of your intentions and they will advise you.
  • If you are a US student in receipt of a Federal Loan, an interruption to your studies may have implications for your loan disbursement. Before submitting your application form, you should inform of your intentions and request advice.

Click here for a copy of the Interruption Application form (PDF: 432kb)