Applying for Academic Discounting

If you have been repeating third year this year we would expect you to graduate with the Designated/Non-Honours degree (unless you are on a Medical Sciences Degree).

Students are not normally permitted to repeat any part of their studies that will contribute to their Honours Classification (meaning third year, fourth year and fifth year, depending on the degree programme). However, if you have experienced medical or personal difficulties that you feel have genuinely affected your studies, you may apply to have part of your Honours ‘curriculum’ discounted.

Applying for discounting does not guarantee that it will be approved. If your application is successful, all of the results you achieved in that year/half-session will be discounted, essentially ignored.  You can’t apply to only discount certain results and carry forward others.

How do I apply for Discounting?

To make an application for discounting you need to:

  1. Write a cover note to the Convener of the Students’ Progress Committee (SPC Convener), who will decide on your application. You should outline, in detail, the difficulties you have experienced and how they have impacted your studies.  You should also clearly state your request to have the appropriate year/half-session discounted from your academic recordon medical and/or compassionate grounds.

  2. Obtain a letter of support from your Head of School/Head of Discipline.  If you are an engineer we will seek this on your behalf.  

  3. Obtain supporting evidence e.g. a doctor’s letter.  Please note that it is your responsibility to obtain these documents.

Once you have all the documents above, you can submit your application by:

  • Handing them into the Infohub, on the ground floor of the Students’ Union Building, for the attention of Registry Student Services; or

  • Emailing them directly to your Registry Officer at the below address. 

Your Registry Officer will liaise with the SPC Convener on your behalf and will email you with the outcome of your application. Please be assured that all information provided is treated in the strictest confidence and used only in relation to your application to discount.

If your application is successful you will still be required to pay tuition fees for both the year that was discounted and second attempt at the year. Make sure you contact any funding authority (e.g., SAAS, the SLC, etc.) to discuss your situation, in case you are eligible to have these fees met by them.

If you have any questions please contact your Registry Officer:

Area of Study

Email address

Arts and Social Sciences

artsregistryofficer@abdn.ac.uk

Divinity

divinityregistryofficer@abdn.ac.uk

Education

educationregistryofficer@abdn.ac.uk

Engineering

engineeringregistryofficer@abdn.ac.uk

Law

lawregistryofficer@abdn.ac.uk

Music

musicregistryofficer@abdn.ac.uk

Science

scienceregistryofficer@abdn.ac.uk