Details of how each module is assessed is available on each module site in Blackboard.

Assessment methods


Examinations are held three times during the academic year: at the end of semester one and semester two, and during the August resit period. Examination timetables are produced by the Examinations Office.

Further information

You must ensure that your handwriting is clear and legible. If an examiner is unable to read your writing, they will not attempt to mark the work. In such circumstances you will be required, at your own expense, to provide a typed copy under further invigilated conditions.

Written assessments

We use a wide range of written assessment methods so students can develop a breadth of communication and presentation skills. The most commonly used assessment types are essays, reports, proposals or short answer questions. Other assessment types could include, for example, posters, wikis, bibliographies or reflective journals.

If you are studying for a Masters degree you will also write a dissertation.

Group work

Group work involves students working together on assessments. This is an important transferable skill. Group work can involve both individual and group components, which will be reflected in the assessment. For example, a module may be assessed on both a group presentation and an individual journal reflecting a student’s own contribution.

Where assessment involves group work, additional checks are introduced to ensure the process adequately reflects individual contributions, for example through peer assessment.


You may be asked to give individual or group presentations as part of module assessment. 301 provides sessions to help students prepare to give presentations.