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Im on my summer holidays and start my final year of studies this september. I have been having issues with my health and may need to have surgery around august/september. Doctor says it will take 8-12 weeks to fully recover from abdominal surgery. Since its my final year and will be doing a dissertation, would I be allowed to take a term off or would it have to be a year? How would this affect my student finance? Thank you.
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(Original post by ILoveSunsets)
Hi everyone
Im on my summer holidays and start my final year of studies this september. I have been having issues with my health and may need to have surgery around august/september. Doctor says it will take 8-12 weeks to fully recover from abdominal surgery. Since its my final year and will be doing a dissertation, would I be allowed to take a term off or would it have to be a year? How would this affect my student finance? Thank you.
You need to speak to your department/tutor or the student advisor.

Normally they have suspension of studies procedures..

Your issue is that 3 months is a long time out and your exams will be happening in the Spring/ Summer no matter what you want.

It might be wiser just to defer your year band if bored you can always write your dissertation during the suspended year. Health comes first.
The danger is if you dont have enough time then you mess up your entire degree.

If you defer then you will cease to be a student or at least the period you arent a student you would receive no student finance as you wouldnt be a student. You can take a term off if they let you, but you wouldnt be a student for finance purposes. You could hide and not attend lectures, but if they have issues such as attendance , then that could mess your degree up.
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Hey, thanks for your response. Mine is 100% courseworks and no exams. I dont know if I would be able to take a year out as I really want to graduate next year. I will be contacting my university to talk about it but you are right; my health does come first. Im just worried about my dissertation as I wont find out information about it if I dont attend my classes in september.
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You need to speak to your department/tutor or the student advisor.

Normally they have suspension of studies procedures..

Your issue is that 3 months is a long time out and your exams will be happening in the Spring/ Summer no matter what you want.

It might be wiser just to defer your year band if bored you can always write your dissertation during the suspended year. Health comes first.
The danger is if you dont have enough time then you mess up your entire degree.

If you defer then you will cease to be a student or at least the period you arent a student you would receive no student finance as you wouldnt be a student. You can take a term off if they let you, but you wouldnt be a student for finance purposes. You could hide and not attend lectures, but if they have issues such as attendance , then that could mess your degree up.
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Hey, thanks for your response. Mine is 100% courseworks and no exams. I dont know if I would be able to take a year out as I really want to graduate next year. I will be contacting my university to talk about it but you are right; my health does come first. Im just worried about my dissertation as I wont find out information about it if I dont attend my classes in september.
I believe that makes it somewhat easier.
Take the time off as health comes first.
Agree with the uni an exctended period and graduate the following winter with postgrads. That should give you enough time to cover for the period missed, although you still need to make sure you have lecture content.
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