Things in life don’t always go according to plan. We hope that your time at King’s College London will be an enjoyable experience and on the whole, stress-free.

However, we recognise that everyone goes through difficulties at certain times in their lives, and a break from study may be appropriate.

If you are struggling to engage with the course due to ill health, personal, financial or other reasons, your department may allow you to take a break from your studies on a temporary basis. We call this an ‘interruption’. This means that you can return to your course the following academic year once you have had time to deal with your problems.

Important to know: There are certain situations when an interruption isn’t applicable. If you have completed all your teaching for the year and you’re just waiting to submit assessments or take some exams, but don’t feel able to, this would be a Mitigating Circumstances, rather than an interruption.



Things to consider before interrupting



Process for interrupting



What happens next?



Have concerns about interrupting but already submitted your request?