Aegrotat Awards

Should a candidate be prevented by illness from completing final examined/assessed elements of a taught scheme of study, the Examining Board, having considered the relevant evidence (which should include satisfactory medical certification) may recommend to the Vice-Chancellor that an Aegrotat award be made.

In doing so, the Examining Board should be satisfied that the candidate's prior performance shows beyond reasonable doubt that he/she would have passed but for the illness/event which occurred. The Vice-Chancellor should be satisfied that the candidate is unlikely to be able to return to complete his/her study at a later date.

The candidate shall be asked to signal that he/she is willing to accept an Aegrotat award; where he/she is unwilling to do so, the Examining Board shall permit him/her to complete the examinations/assessments in question by an approved subsequent date.

An Aegrotat degree, diploma or certificate shall be unclassified and, in all other respects, un-graded. An Aegrotat award does not necessarily entitle the holder to registration with a professional body, or exemption from the requirements of any professional qualification which might otherwise be associated with the scheme of study concerned.

No candidate shall be exempted from submitting and defending a research thesis or from presenting a Master's dissertation (or equivalent presentation) where such is required. It follows, therefore, that Examining Boards may not recommend the award of Aegrotat research degrees, and that Aegrotat taught Master's degrees may be awarded only where the work done for the dissertation can be examined. This requirement does not prevent the issuing to the candidate of any relevant certificate or diploma award which might be made in respect of study completed previously.

1st December 2005