Illness and Special Exam Provision


Illness on the day of the exam

If you are likely to miss an examination, you should contact the Student Services Centre as soon as possible on +44 (0)20 7955 6167. An answer-phone is available outside of normal School hours and messages will be responded to as soon as possible.

Please refer to the Examination Procedures for Candidates (PDF) for further information on illness during the examination period.

Special Exam Provision (SEP)

Please refer to the full SEP Regulations before applying.

Undergraduate or Taught Masters students may be able to apply for Special Exam Provision in very exceptional circumstances.

These are limited to:

  • Serious injuries following an accident 
  • A sudden, very severe or contagious illness which may pose a serious risk to others or means that the student is physically incapable of sitting the exam
  • The death of a very close relative - a parent, child, partner or sibling

The circumstances must have occured no more than three days before the exam in question.  Requests must be supported by appropriate documentary evidence in English, and must be submitted no later than 5 working days after the exam in question. 

SEP is only open to students who would not be able to graduate or progress as a result of missing this exam.  For this reason, it is limited to one full unit or two half units.  First and second year LLB students are not eligible for SEP. 

Students who wish to make an SEP request may wish to consult the Student Services Centre for advice in the first instance. 

To submit a request, please complete the SEP form and send it with your supporting evidence to  You will receive an acknowledgement email.  A decision will be made by the Chair of the School Board of Examiners or Graduate School Board of Examiners, who will also consider the views of your home department and the department responsible for the exam, if different. 

The Student Services Centre will inform you of the outcome by email.  If your request is approved, you will be given details of the next steps for arranging the new exam.  If your request is not successful, you will be given details of your right to appeal.