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MVST Resit Policy

MVST Resit overview

Medical students are entitled to two attempts at all MB examinations; those who fail any Second MB subjects twice are automatically withdrawn from the Medical Student Register and are not able to continue with their medical studies.

In special circumstances, a student's College may submit an application to the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine for additional Second MB attempts. As soon as it has been confirmed that no case for additional attempts will be submitted, please write to the Secretary of the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine to inform her that the student has failed Second MB on two (or more) occasions and has withdrawn from the course or transferred to a different subject.

Veterinary students are entitled to two attempts at Second MB subjects. In special circumstances, a student's College may submit an application to the Faculty Board of Veterinary Medicine for additional Second Vet MB attempts.

 

MVST Resit Policy

FACULTY BOARD OF BIOLOGY
FACULTY BOARD OF CLINICAL MEDICINE
FACULTY BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Requests for special permission for deferred or additional attempts at examination
Second MB and Second Vet MB

Medical and veterinary students are allowed two attempts at Second MB or Second Vet MB examinations, the first in March or June, and the second in September of the same calendar year.

Students who fail to attain a pass in a Second MB or Second Vet MB examination at their first attempt will be entered automatically for the re-sit examination in September. The Regulations state that, in exceptional circumstances, a College can apply on a student’s behalf to the relevant Faculty Board for permission to make a second attempt, outside the prescribed time limit, in a subsequent calendar year.

In the case of students who fail to attain a pass in a Second MB or Second Vet MB examination at their second attempt, the Regulations state that no student shall be a candidate in any subject on more than two occasions in total, except by special permission of the relevant Faculty Board granted in exceptional circumstances.

The Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine and the Faculty Board of Veterinary Medicine are concerned to ensure that requests from Colleges on behalf of individual students seeking permission to resit Second MB or Second Vet MB examinations are treated equitably, and that the respective Faculty Boards are given sufficient information in the request for them to make an informed decision about the exceptional circumstances in such cases.

The procedures outlined below should be followed by College Tutors and Directors of Studies when submitting requests for special permission for deferred or additional attempts at examination, and specify the documentation required for the supporting case.

A clear distinction should be drawn between this process, which deals with requests from Colleges for deferred or additional attempts at Second MB and Second Vet MB examinations, and requests to the University Council’s Applications Committee, which deals only with the outcome of Tripos examinations, and has no powers to deal with the Second MB / Second Vet MB examinations.

Procedure for submission of requests for deferred or additional attempts at examination

All requests for permission for Second MB and Second Vet MB students to make a deferred second attempt, or a third and final attempt at an examination, should be made according to the following procedure:

(i) An application requesting permission for the student to be granted permission to make an additional attempt at examination should be provided by the Tutor, and this case should contain a full academic history of the student, together with an outline of why the college supports the request. 

The application form may be accompanied by a supporting letter from the Tutor.

(ii) A letter from the Director of Studies should be provided in support of the Tutorial case.

(iii) Where appropriate, a recent medical report, and in the case of long-term illness a recent statement from a medical practitioner confirming the fitness of the student to embark upon or return to their studies, should be provided. Other documentary evidence relating to disability or other conditions may be provided where appropriate.

(iv) To maintain confidentiality, medical evidence will be seen only by the Clinical Dean and/or the Associate Dean of the School of Clinical Medicine, or the Dean and/or the Director of Teaching of the Veterinary School, and the Secretaries of the respective Faculty Boards. It will not be circulated to the Faculty Board.

(v) All medical or other supporting evidence should be accompanied by a declaration form signed by the student giving permission for the evidence to be disclosed to those in (iv) above.

(vi) All the documents in (i) – (iii) and (v) above should be submitted to the Secretary of the appropriate Faculty Board* by 1 November in any year. Applications received after this date will be considered in the following Lent Term.

(vii) Cases will not be accepted for tabling at any meeting of the Faculty Board.

All applications will be reviewed by the Medical and Veterinary Student Progress Panel

Examination Entries

Candidates who fail a first attempt at a Second MB / Second Vet MB examination are automatically entered for the next sitting. Colleges need to inform the Board of Examinations if students are not re-sitting in September. Candidates who fail a second attempt, or who are out
of time to take the second attempt at examination, and are granted special permission for a deferred or additional attempt at examination, are not automatically entered for the examination, and must be entered by their College. Colleges must ensure that their students are entered in
good time, according to the deadlines set by the Board of Examinations.

*Emma Newman, Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine, Level 4 Clinical School, Addenbrooke’s Hospital (email eln29@cam.ac.uk) for 2nd MB.
*Judith Drinkwater, Faculty Board of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 OES (email jad39@cam.ac.uk) for 2nd Vet MB.