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UEA Medical Certificates for Students

We produce medical certificates to provide evidence in support of students requiring extensions or who have extenuating circumstances. 

An extenuating circumstance (EC) is a factor outside the student's control which affects an assessment such as; coursework, written assignment, dissertation, project or presentation.  Click on 'Guidelines for Certificates' tab above for EC details.

We will only accept medical certificate request forms electronically via email.  Please complete the form and email it to  Your request will then be reviewed and actioned accordingly - you will receive an email advising the outcome of your request.  

** DOWNLOAD: Request for medical certificate form **

Please note the following;

  • Students are entitled to self-certify 2 extenuating circumstances of 3 working days each per academic year for deadline assessments (coursework, written work, dissertations and projects). 
  • Students are not required to use their self-certification before seeking other evidence, if they think their illness or other extenuating circumstances will last longer than 3 working days

  • Medical certificates will only be provided where there is sufficient medical evidence and that it is likely to have affected studies

  • There is no guarantee that the doctor will provide a certificate

  • Requesting a medical certificate whilst visiting the urgent doctor clinics is inappropriate and the doctor will not be able to do one.  The urgent doctor is for urgent medical problems requiring immediate treatment.  A medical certificate is not considered an urgent medical problem.

  • Completed certificates are emailed directly to your Hub within 10 working days

NB/This form must not be used for requests for EXAM certificates.  Requests for EXAM certificates must be made in person, to the urgent doctor clinic, on the same day as the exam.   DO NOT fill in the request form if you are missing an exam or course test. 

Absence reporting (up to 7 days)

If you wish to report an absence on medical grounds for up to 7 consecutive days where such absence does not involve attendance at a course test, assessed practice or seminar at which a student was scheduled to give a presentation, or submission of a item of assessed work, then you can self certify and do not need a medical certificate.  Please see  




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