Extenuating circumstances are serious unforeseen circumstances beyond your control which may prevent you from meeting the requirements of your programme at a particular point in time.


If your extenuating circumstances relate to missed in-semester assessments or attendance, (mid-terms, tutorials etc.), local arrangements may be possible and you should contact the module coordinator as soon as possible and within ten days of the due date of any assessment.

If you know in advance that you are not going to meet a submission deadline, the Late Submission of Coursework Policy applies.  The application should be made prior to the due date, and granting an extension is at the discretion of the Module Coordinator.

If a local solution is not possible, contact the Programme Office to submit a formal Extenuating Circumstances application.


If your extenuating circumstances relate to end-of-semester assessments/exams or cover the whole semester, your application should be submitted as soon as possible and before the final deadline.

Semester 2 2017/2018 application deadline: 12.45 pm on Friday 25 May 2018

Applications, complete with original supporting documentation, should be submitted to the Programme Office in person or by regular or registered post before this deadline and as close as possible to the time the circumstances occurred.

Further information and application forms are available at: Extenuating Curcumstances Policy and Guidance Notes

Please remember – your Programme Office staff are here to listen and offer advice. If you are experiencing personal difficulties, you may prefer to talk in private to one of your Student Advisers:

Kieran Moloney (Kieran.Moloney@ucd.ie / 01 7168366)

Ronan Murphy (Ronan.Murphy@ucd.ie / 01 7168245)

Catherine Tormey (Catherine.Tormey@ucd.ie / 01 7167542) – mature student adviser