I need more time! Extensions and Deferrals

I need more time! Extensions and Deferrals

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Sometimes, life can throw difficult and tricky circumstances our way. These events may leave us feeling that more time to complete our university work would be beneficial. So we want to make you aware of extensions, deferrals and extenuating circumstances to encourage you to seek the right support if you are struggling! 



An extension is a way to ask for more time on an assessment. If you are finding it difficult to complete your assignment on time, due to a family, personal or other issues, you can request an extension of up to 14 days from your Module Leader. You must complete an extension request form, you can download the form here.

Do not be afraid to ask for support if you feel an extension would be useful! 


Top tips

  • Don’t leave it to the last minute! Ask for an extension within good time before your deadline.  

  • It is always good to attach any evidence to support with your request. 

If your extension is approved, your Module Leader will confirm the new deadline date.

If a 14-day extension is just not enough time a deferral may be more appropriate. 




Deferrals are normally for individuals who are experiencing unforeseen, ongoing circumstances. Deferring essentially means, postponing an assessment or an exam to take it at the next scheduled opportunity. 

The date of your postponed exam or assessment is unknown, it could be weeks or months, but generally it is in the same academic year. Therefore, make sure you have a conversation with your Student Advice Center before applying, as a deferral could interfere with your academic progression or graduation!  

To apply for a deferral, you can submit a deferral request form to your Faculty Student Advice Centre. It is important, you attach any evidence you have which can support with your request. 

Deferrals, like extensions, are not always guaranteed so apply for a deferral in good time! 


Some useful information abour Deferrals

  • The De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) Advice & Wellbeing Team are happy to talk through any deferral or extension queries. Please see our FAQs here. 

  • Click here to find De Montfort University's (DMU) guide to deferrals and extensions.

  • Click here to find out more about the deferral regulations 

  • For any further advice on the deferral process email acasupportoffice@dmu.ac.uk 



Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating circumstances are genuine events or reasons beyond a student's control, which impact on their ability to complete an assignment or an exam. This could include death within the family, injury, illness or being affected by crime.  

If you experience any situation which has a significant effect on your ability to complete university work, it is important you speak with your Module Leader, Personal Tutor or Student Advice Center. Keep DMU informed of your circumstances so appropriate support can be put in place and that it is all documented in writing for any future reference. 

 See our DSU Extenuating Circumstances flow chart if you are not sure what options are best for you! 



Managing time and academic support

You may need to seek support to help manage your time and academic studies.   

The Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS) is based in the DMU Library and offers a wide range of study skills support such as, referencing, exam preparation, writing support and much more! It might be useful doe you to utilise what CLaSS has to offer and make the most of the brilliant support. 

Managing time can often be difficult when there is lots going on, so try; 

  • Writing a to do list 

  • Creating a dedicated time in the day to study 

  • Making realistic and achievable goals 

  • Reflecting on your day every evening and make a plan of action 

  • Taking time out for yourself to recharge 

  • Develop a routine


There are lots of reasons why you may feel you need more time academically at university. If you are experiencing any extenuating circumstances or issues, it is important you seek the appropriate guidance and support to assist with any academic concerns. DMU has a wide range of support and we at DSU are happy to help and point you in the right direction! 

If you need any further assistance, please contact our Advice & Wellbeing team.