Swansea University

6. Extensions to Candidature


The Postgraduate Certificate programme of study time-limits, as set out in the specific regulations Section 4, may be extended, but in exceptional cases only and in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Normally, extensions will be granted only on compassionate grounds, or in cases of illness, serious domestic difficulties or exceptional professional commitments which can be demonstrated to have adversely affected the candidate.  A full and reasoned case, supported by a work plan, appropriate medical or other independent evidence must be submitted by the College to Academic Services for consideration.  Such cases will be processed administratively on behalf of the Academic Regulations and Cases Board.
  • In the case of candidates who cite exceptional professional commitments, the request must be accompanied by written confirmation and description by the employer of the exceptional workload borne by the candidate and a statement that the commitments had been unforeseen.
  • In cases which arise as a result of illness:
  • Satisfactory medical evidence, including a medical certificate, must be supplied. (The extent and nature of the illness as described in the certificate are invaluable in assessing the case.)   The University shall respect the confidentiality of any evidence submitted.
  • A clear statement must be supplied, showing that the College concerned has evaluated the situation in which the candidate finds himself/herself as a result of the illness and that it considers the requested extension to be appropriate.  Such a statement will, wherever possible, follow direct contact between candidate and College.


Extensions of candidature for students who are resubmitting their dissertations shall not be permitted.


Applications for extensions must be routed via the Programme Director to Academic Services and the case will be considered administratively on behalf of the Academic Regulations and Cases Board.


Extension requests submitted by research degree students solely on the grounds of concurrent enrolment will not be granted for staff members who are concurrently enrolled on the PGCtHE, owing to the contractual requirement of the PGCtHE as a condition of employment.