The University does not normally accept requests for deferral of entry. You will normally be expected to start your course on the date and term indicated on your offer letter. However, you may apply to be considered if:
- Unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances that are outside your control will prevent you taking up your offer. This might include, for example, ill health or bereavement. In some instances, deferrals can also be requested because of visa application issues,
- You have met all the conditions of your offer, including your college’s financial conditions.
Deferrals will only be granted if they are approved by the department or faculty that has made you an offer, as well as the college that has accepted you.
If you have been granted a deferral, please note that the University cannot guarantee the following for your deferred year of entry:
- that there will be availability of supervision,
- that the programme will remain open, and
- that the programme will not be amended.
If supervision were to become unavailable or the programme were to close following the granting of a deferral to you, the department would inform you that it has become necessary for them to withdraw its offer of a place.
Requesting a deferral because of visa application issues
If you have received an offer for a research programme (e.g. DPhil) and have had your visa application delayed or rejected you may be granted a deferral for one term at a time (up to a maximum of three terms).
If you have received an offer for a taught course (e.g. MSc, MSt or MPhil) you cannot apply to defer on these grounds.
Length of deferral
If you have received an offer for a research programme (e.g. DPhil), and you meet the criteria given above, you can apply to defer for either one, two or three terms (i.e. a full academic year).
If you have received an offer for a taught course (e.g. MSc, MSt or MPhil), and you meet the criteria given above, you may only apply to defer for a full academic year.
Deferrals are not granted for more than one year.
Requests for deferral
Deferral requests must be made in writing to the department or faculty that has made you an offer before the start of your programme if you meet the criteria outlined above. You will get a letter back from your department or faculty letting you know if your deferral has been granted.
If you are not eligible to apply for a deferral, or if you want to defer for more than a year, you can always submit a completely new application (and you’ll need to pay the application fee) for the year in which you wish to start.