A leave of absence is an authorised break in a student’s studies. You can request a leave of absence from your studies for a documented medical or personal reason. The University may, on occasion, require you to take leave of absence if you need to follow a variant programme (i.e. take modules in a different order to that specified in the Degree Programme Table) or as a result of receiving fail grades. Leave of absence means that you are not in attendance at the university for the semester in question.