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Leaving your studies completely (withdrawing/deregistration)


You may be thinking about leaving completely with no intention of returning to your current programme of study. Make sure that you talk your decision through with somebody first. This might be your personal tutor, academic adviser or a member of staff at the Advice and Counselling Service. If you decide this is the best option for you, you will need to complete a withdrawal of study form, which your academic school will need to sign to approve your withdrawal. This will be sent to Registry and your student record will be updated. Once you have withdrawn from Queen Mary University of London, you cannot return to your programme of study, although you could later on apply as a new student for a new programme of study. 

You can get a Withdrawal of Study form and guidance notes from Queen Mary Registry webpages or from the Student Enquiry Centre, ground floor, Queens Building, Mile End campus, or from the Student Office at the Whitechapel campus. 

In 2019/20 the withdrawal deadlines are:

  • Friday 3 January 2020
  • Friday 1 May 2020

If you miss these dates you can still withdraw but your last date of attendance on the withdrawal form cannot normally be backdated to before the exam period. 

If you missed the withdrawal deadline but you feel that you are unfit to sit exams or to submit coursework due to medical or personal reasons and, even though you are withdrawing you would still like the opportunity to do this, you need to make an extenuating circumstances claim to your academic school. This will involve getting documentation to give to your school as evidence to support your claim. For information about the process of submitting a claim for extenuating circumstances, and about what documents are acceptable as evidence, please read the Advice and Counselling Service advice guide Extenuating Circumstances. 

If you don't sit exams or submit coursework, and you don't submit an extenuating circumstances claim, you will normally be given a zero fail for those assessments. 


‘Deregistration’ is where Queen Mary decides to officially remove you as a student. This could be because your attendance is very poor or because you have not paid enough of your tuition fees.

As a result, you will not be eligible to continue your programme of study and cannot use any Queen Mary facilities, attend classes, sit examinations or attend graduation.  

Can I stay in the UK if I have withdrawn or been deregistered?

This will depend on the UK immigration permission you hold.

If you hold Tier 4 student immigration permission,  you will not normally be able to stay in the UK.  Withdrawing from your programme of study or being deregistered means that you are no longer a student and Queen Mary will report your withdrawal or deregistration to the Home Office. Please see our guidance on Tier 4 Reporting and Curtailment for more information. 

What if I plan to start a new programme of study?

See the section of this guide, Transferring to a new programme of study

What if I want to return to my programme of study at Queen Mary?

If you have withdrawn from your programme of study at Queen Mary, you cannot be reinstated on that programme of study. You would need to apply for a place on a programme of study as a new student.

If you have been deregistered for non-payment of tuition fees, you may be able to get reinstated on your programme. To preserve your right to rejoin your course at a later date, you will have to pay your outstanding tuition fees and an administrative charge of £250 by 31st July of the same year in which you are deregistered. If you do this, you will normally be able to resume your studies at Queen Mary, but no earlier than 12 months following your date of deregistration. As you will have paid your outstanding fees by 31st July, when you return to complete the academic year (in which you were deregistered) you should have no further tuition fee to pay for that academic year. If you cannot pay your outstanding fee by 31st July, you cannot normally be reinstated at Queen Mary .

If Queen Mary decides to allow you to return to your programme of study, please see the section of this guide “How and when do I apply for new immigration permission to return to my studies?”. 

Can I submit an appeal or make a complaint about being deregistered?

Yes, you may submit an appeal against the decision to deregister you. The letter you receive informing you that you have been deregistered should explain that you have a right of appeal against your deregistration. If you decide you want to appeal, you must do so within 14 days of the date stated on the letter. As deregistration relates to progression on your programme of study, you would need to submit an appeal rather than a complaint. If your appeal is successful, you would normally be allowed to be reinstated on your course. However, if you are not looking to reverse the deregistration decision, but wish to complain about other matters such as, for example, the way that your deregistration has been processed, you could consider making a complaint. You must submit your complaint within 3 months of the date stated on your deregistration letter.

To find out how to make an appeal or complaint, see the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Office webpages.

Before you submit your appeal or complaint, it may be useful for you to take independent advice from the Academic Advice Service in the Students Union.

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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