My Exam Timetable: Common Questions

When are my examinations?

The majority of the University’s exams take place during the main assessment periods. However, some programmes of study require exams scheduled outside of these periods. Please check the Out of Main timetable for details.

What about resit exams?

If you are required to resit an exam, this will normally be timetabled during August. Students with results of fail (F) or not assessed (NA) or not completed (NC) are expected to be available during August. Read the notes available with your end of year results carefully, for information about how to apply to resit.

When are timetables available?

Draft timetables for the main Autumn and Spring exam periods are available in November/December and March/April. Final timetables are published approximately four weeks in advance of each semester’s exam period. The resit timetable is usually available at the end of July.

Can I see my timetable sooner?

There are a number of stages involved in preparing timetables and drafting cannot begin until student module choices are verified and departments have confirmed all modules to be examined. The scheduling process includes a period during which content is checked and verified, including confirming room allocations.

Why is the timetable different every year?

Modules to be examined are subject to change each year and student choice is a major factor in determining timetable content. Student choice varies year on year and so new timetables are produced to account for change. In addition, the space available to hold exams is also subject to change.

Who sets the dates and times of my exams?

Examinations are timetabled centrally by the Examinations Team, in line with University agreed scheduling guidelines. The guidelines are aimed at achieving a balance between producing reasonable student timetables, meeting requests from academic departments and taking into account room size and availability.

What are the exam scheduling guidelines?

You should not expect to sit more than one 3 hour exam in one day; or a total of four exam hours per day. It is unlikely that you will be required to sit more than 12 exam hours in one week, or more than 9 hours over 4 days. However, timetables are subject to a number of constraints and, although rare, your timetable may not always fit within these guidelines.

Why are my exams on consecutive days?

Sometimes it is impossible to avoid scheduling exams on consecutive days, or placing 2 exams in one day in exceptional circumstances. This is due to a large number of students registered on modules requiring examinations during a limited period.

Why do I have 2 exams on the same date at the same time?

If you are incorrectly registered for modules, or if you made a late change to your modules (add/drop), this may have caused a clash to be introduced to your timetable.

Use a clash report form, to notify the Examinations Office.

Who do I contact with concerns about my timetable?

Contact your home department or the department responsible for a specific module in the first instance. During the drafting stage, departments may request legitimate change to the timetable. However, change is not always possible for a number of reasons. Timetables cannot usually be changed to meet individual student circumstances. Personal tutors can help you to plan your revision, or you can contact
Student Advice

What happens if I have alternative arrangements for my examinations?

Some students have alternative arrangements for their examinations, to provide adjustments or support for a disability, temporary injury or other personal circumstances. Recommendations for support are agreed by the Disability & Dyslexia Support Service the University Health Service and the Counselling Service

You will find the dates and times of your exams in the main timetable. In addition, you will receive personalised information by email to your University account, confirming the location of your exam. Check your email regularly. If you have not received an email within a week of your first exam, please contact Rich Tate