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Returning from Medical Intermission

When your period of medical intermission is due to end you will need to prepare to return to study. If you are not fit to resume study you will either need to apply for a further period of intermission or to temporarily withdraw.

When your application for medical intermission is approved, the confirmation email the Student Registry send you will make clear whether or not you will need to provide proof of your fitness to resume study before you can continue your studies. If you are not sure whether or not you are required to provide proof of fitness to resume study, contact the Student Registry at

If you are not required to provide proof of your fitness to resume study, you do not need to apply for permission to return, and can resume study once your period of intermission has ended. You should contact your Supervisor and Department ahead of returning to discuss your plans and to ensure they are aware of your intentions.

If you are required to provide proof of your fitness to resume study, you must apply for permission to return and provide medical evidence to show that you are well enough to resume study.


Applying for permission to return to study after medical intermission

To apply for return to study, you will need to complete the following steps. It is important to submit your application as early as possible before your period of intermission is due to end, as the approval process can take up to three weeks. 

  • Obtain medical evidence to demonstrate that you are fit to resume study. Guidance about acceptable forms of medical evidence is available below.
  • Complete a student declaration form and a return to study application form.
  • Submit the completed forms and your medical evidence to your College, who will complete the relevant section and forward your application to the Student Registry.

When the Student Registry receives your application, your medical evidence will be sent to the Board of Graduate Studies Medical Advisors for confirmation that your supporting documents are sufficient to allow for your return to study. 


Medical Evidence

The medical evidence you submit with your application must be a detailed letter from a medical professional on headed paper. It must be signed and recently dated.

The University provides guidelines for medical practitioners, which may help when requesting medical evidence. 

The medical evidence you submit must be in English. If the documents are not originally in English, they must be translated by a professional translating service. In some cases, it is acceptable for documents to be translated by a member of your College. The University is not able to cover the cost of medical documents submitted in support of an application for intermission or the cost of translation of documents if this is required.


The outcome of your application

If your application to return to study is approved, the Student Registry will write to inform you and copy your College, Department, Degree Committee, and, if applicable, the the Disability Resource Centre and the International Student Office for information.

If you are not able to provide medical evidence to show that you are fit to return to study by the end of your period of intermission, you will be temporarily removed from the Register of Graduate Students. More information about temporary removal from the Register is available on the Cambridge Students website.



If you have any questions about returning from medical intermission, please write to the Student Registry at