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Academic progression

How to progress from one stage of your qualification to the next. Students in lecture resize

Your School/Institute handbook provides a list of important dates to be aware of for progressing from one stage of your qualification to the next, such as exams, appeals, module selection, re-enrolment and more.

Information on support for progression after your studies, including careers advice, postgraduate study and enterprise, can be found on the 'Progress well' pages.


ARCS provides information about when exams take place, what to expect, and details of the exam timetable.

The student office on the Whitechapel campus provides information to undergraduate medicine and dentistry students about exams. 

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PhD progression and vivas

ARCS has provided information for postgraduate research students about progression to the next stage of your research programme.

Information on how to progress to ‘writing up status’, how to submit your thesis, how to complete your viva, and nine-month progression is also available.


Guidance and forms to request a review of a decision by an academic body about your marks, progression or degree classification are available. It’s always worth speaking to your tutor or School administrator if you’re considering an appeal as they will have experience of what the appeals procedure does and doesn’t apply to.

Refer to the guidelines for submitting an appeal first.

The Students’ Union (SU) offers advice and support with the appeals procedure.

The SU can also advise you on how to apply for extenuating circumstances. It is important to report personal issues that impact on your studies before you are assessed. Otherwise, the examiners may not take your circumstances into account. Your School or Institute’s procedure for reporting extenuating circumstances can be found in your handbook.

Passing your year

There are different progression rules and regulations for different years, and for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Academic Regulations on the ARCS website have full details of the requirements including the number of credits you’ll need to pass your year or to progress to your dissertation or postgraduate project.

Please talk to your personal tutor or consult your School or Institute if you’re unsure about what you need to do to progress to the next stage of your studies.

When to select your modules

  • New students can usually select modules for the year in September.        
  • Returning students can usually select modules for the next year in May.

Please note: not all courses allow module selection – you might be allocated modules instead.

The ARCS website has detailed information about module registration, including a definition of ‘advanced standing’ and the difference between core and compulsory modules.

Watch the film on how to register for modules using MySIS:



Re-enrolment is an online process through MySIS which all returning students must complete at the start of each new academic year.

You re-enrol to confirm that you have returned and to update your personal information, which might have changed over the past year.

Once you have progressed into the next academic year you will receive an email (usually in August) asking you to re-enrol. Find out more about re-enrolment.

Re-enrolment for research students

There are instructions on enrolment and registration for research students on the research degrees website.

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