The University of Glasgow has a Student Absence Policy, where you will find information relating to PGR students in the appendix. 

Details on absence are available in your PGR Code of Practice (PDF) section 3.2.  

If you need to undergo a prolonged period of absence (eg maternity leave, period of ill health, etc) the Graduate School provides a 'suspension of studies' option. 

Suspension of studies

If you wish to suspend study, you must:

  • Consult your Principal Supervisor
  • If approved, the Supervisor shall seek the permission via the Higher Degrees Committee.
  • Send the completed and signed Suspension of Studies Form (MS Word)‌ to the Graduate School for the attention of the Clerk of the HDC Committee. 
  • Applications for suspension are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and are subject to satisfactory progress up to this point.

For further details, see the PGR Code of Practice (PDF), section 9.21 - 9.33.

Returning from a Suspension of Studies

When you return to your studies please email your Supervisor, your Institute/School PGR Administrator and the MVLS Graduate School. Please include the date of your return so we can ensure your records are up to date. If at anytime you wish to apply to reduce or extend this suspension please contact your Institute/School PGR Administrator.

Extension of studies

An extension refers to an update to the deadline for your thesis submission. 

  • If you and your supervisor(s) perceive that the original deadline may not be achievable, you may apply for an extension. 
  • You should apply at least three months prior to the planned submission date. 
  • An extension may be granted subject to approval by the Graduate School Board and in compliance with any funder terms and conditions.
  • Applications for extension will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please see the Extension to Thesis Submission form (MS Word) for eligibility criteria and the PGR Code of Practice (PDF), section 10.23 - 10.30.