Withdraw, suspend or transfer
Use this page to find out what to do if you're considering withdrawing or suspending your course, or transferring to a new one
If you're considering withdrawing or suspending your course, or transferring to a new one, please contact your Personal Tutor to discuss your options. There's more information below on how these processes work.
Transfer is where you change to another course within the University of Portsmouth. If you have achieved credit, all or part of this credit may be transferred to the new course agreed with your department. In some cases no credit may be transferred as you will be starting from scratch
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If you want to transfer courses, talk to your current department and the department you wish to transfer to. Make sure both departments feel the transfer is the right move academically and that you can transfer to the new course at that time.
If both departments agree your move, you can apply via your Student View.
If you transfer between courses with different tuition fees, the tuition fee due will be based on the tuition fee and liability period of each course. You'll find full information on liability periods in our Tuition Fee Policy.
If you get tuition fee or maintenance grants or loans from the Student Loans Company, you should inform Student Finance that you've transferred course by completing a Change of Circumstances Form. The University of Portsmouth will also inform Student Finance.
Please refer to the 'Change of Status (Transferring, Suspending, Withdrawing) - what I need to know' MyPort article for full details and rules of transferring.
If you've been excluded from a course at the University of Portsmouth or you've withdrawn, you can't transfer to another course. You'll be treated as a new applicant. If the department that you're joining wants to give you credit for units already achieved, this is dealt with through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
If you're considering suspending your studies, discuss this with your Personal Tutor.
Suspension is a temporary break in study, sometimes referred to as interrupting. Your return date will usually be the start of a relevant study period such as an academic year or teaching block.
Suspension must be agreed by the University. You may not undertake second attempt assessment or deferred first attempt assessment while suspended.
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To suspend your studies you'll need to make your request via your Student View.
You should complete this fully including the reason for your suspension and the date you want to return. The relevant academic in your department will need to sign off the Suspension Form if the suspension is agreed. You must notify the University of your intention to suspend your studies at least 2 week before the date of your suspension.
You'll be charged a tuition fee instalment after 2 weeks of the course start date. This includes induction week. If you're a new student, you're not able to suspend your studies in the first 2 weeks of the course start date. A break in studies at this point will be treated as your withdrawal from the University.
Tuition fees may be reduced on your suspension, based on the date of suspension and liability periods. The liability periods are explained in our Tuition Fee Policy. There are financial implications in suspending your studies. You'll be charged a resumption fee when you return to your studies. Refer to the Tuition Fee Policy for these details.
Tuition fees aren't normally refunded to students on suspension. They're usually carried forward for when you return. If you require a refund of these fees for any reason, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're receiving tuition fee or maintenance grants or loans from the Student Loans Company, you should inform Student Finance that you've suspended your studies temporarily by completing a Change of Circumstances Form. We'll also inform them. For more information on what happens to your student loan when suspending studies please read 'Suspension of studies - student loan information.'
There's no need to reapply to the University following your suspension if regulations are met.
A date for resumption of study is agreed between the you and the University, which will normally be for a period of one year.
Please refer to 'Change of Status (Transferring, Suspending, Withdrawing) - what I need to know' for full details and rules of suspension.
Please note, while you're suspended you won't have access to any University facilities such as the library or your computer account.
Please contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance if you're considering withdrawing from your course.
Withdrawal is the complete termination of your registration. Withdrawal from a course is your right. However, if you want to return after a withdrawal, you must reapply to the University and there is no guarantee of re-admittance.
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If you're considering withdrawing from your course, please contact your Personal Tutor to discuss further.
If you decide to proceed with your withdrawal, please use the form on your Student View.
Tuition fees may be reduced on your withdrawal, based on the date of withdrawal and liability periods. The withdrawal date is the 'date of last attendance' and this will be the date the withdrawal form is submitted by you. The liability periods are explained in our Tuition Fee Policy.
If you're receiving tuition fee or maintenance grants or loans from the Student Loans Company, you should inform Student Finance that you've suspended your studies temporarily by completing a Change of Circumstances Form. We'll also inform them.
If you're withdrawing from the University of Portsmouth but going to another University to continue your studies select the reason 'Moving to other Institution' when completing the Online Withdrawal Request Form so we know to notify Student Finance.
Please refer to the 'Withdrawal, Transfer, Suspension, Resumption Procedures' document for full details and rules of withdrawal.
Withdrawal is often the first option students will consider for various reasons, from financial difficulties to struggling with work or missing home. But there are often ways the University can help overcome the difficulties without the need for withdrawal.
You could also take other solutions such as a temporary suspension or a transfer of course. Your department will be able to guide you to the best option or give you additional support if required.
If it's possible to defer your course, you can apply for deferred entry when you complete your UCAS application.
If you decide to defer after you've applied or received your offers, contact us as soon as you can. You can usually switch to deferred entry up until the original start date of your course.
It's important to note that you still need to meet your course conditions in the same year you apply. For example, if you want to apply for deferred entry in 2021/22 (for a 2022 start), you’ll need to meet the course conditions of any offers by 31 August 2021.
Find out more
You can ask staff at any of the following University services for more help withdrawing, suspending or transferring:
- Student Wellbeing Service – free, confidential advice and support for your emotional wellbeing and mental health
- Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre – advice in situations where you need additional support
- Chaplaincy – confidential support for students of all or no faith
- MyPort hubs – academic and course advice and guidance
- Careers and Employability Service – the University of Portsmouth’s employability service
- Student Administration Services – financial guidance for a change of status
- Student Finance Centre – financial information, advice and guidance
Get help through the MyPort Information Hubs
If you're a current student, your faculty's MyPort Hub is your first port of call for any guidance you need with any aspect of University life. From questions about your course, to what support services are available to help you - contact the MyPort teams to help find what you need:
- Live chat - which appears as a purple box in the bottom right of all MyPort web pages
- Email - email@example.com
- Phone - +44 (0)23 9284 4444
- Drop into your faculty hub for in-person support.
MyPort Hubs are open from 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and from 8.30am - 4.00pm on Friday.