Assessment and exams

Where to find exam and assessment information and Special Circumstances advice.

Exam information for students

Details of current and forthcoming exam diets, a searchable exams timetable, examinations regulations and procedure, how to ensure support arrangements documented on your Learning Profile are in place in adequate time for your examinations and Frequently Asked Questions.

Overview of exams

December 2020 exams

The December exam diet commences on Thursday 10th December. We have recently published updated FAQs with guidance on sitting your exams online and technical support advice.

Examination FAQs

How assessment works

A range of assessment methods are used across the University. Your programme or course handbook will provide the assessment methods for your programme. These are governed by the University assessment regulations:

Assessment information for students on Academic Services’ website

Special Circumstances, Extensions and Learning Adjustments

If you feel you have been uniquely affected by Covid-19, or other significant adverse circumstances, while completing your dissertation, research project, exams or assessments, you may wish to submit a Special Circumstances or Extension request. 

Special Circumstances

Applications for Special Circumstances will open in October 2020 and you will be able to submit your application via MyEd.

Information on how to apply for special circumstances

Extensions and Learning Adjustments 

Applications for Extensions and Learning Adjustments are now open. Please submit an online form to the Extensions and Special Circumstances Service if you wish to apply:  

You will need to submit a separate form for each coursework extension. 

From October 2020- applications for extensions will move to an online system, and you will be able to apply via MyEd. This will allow you to apply for a single coursework extension, or to select several assignments across different courses, all in one application. You will also be able to submit several applications throughout the academic year. The process of applying for Learning Adjustments will remain unchanged and you will need to continue to use an online form to apply.  

Information on Extensions and Learning Adjustments

Extensions and Special Circumstances Team

Contact details


We recognise that for many Postgraduate taught students it has been necessary to change the focus of your dissertation to reflect changed circumstances, and your School will be collating information about all of the changes that have been made. If you wish to discuss completion of your dissertation and the date of your submission please do get in touch with your School as soon as possible. Please see the section below on Special Circumstances.

Schools and Deaneries will seek to take account of the impact of the pandemic on students’ ability to complete the dissertation to the best of their ability during the marking process. The pandemic will have impacted different types of dissertations and projects in different ways, so Schools will consider what approach is most appropriate to each discipline. 

Resubmission of dissertations: For the current session, we have extended resubmission eligibility to cover students receiving a mark of 40-49 in the dissertation at the first attempt. Regulation 58 in our Taught Assessment Regulations provides further information about resubmission.

If you have any questions about your dissertation or research project, or anything else related to your studies, please contact your School or Deanery in the first instance.

Special Circumstances

The email we sent to taught students in April explains what would be regarded as “unique” impact, as well as the evidence you would be asked to provide with a request. Where your request is accepted by your School or Deanery, it may be possible for you to resubmit your dissertation.

Authorised Interruption of Studies (AIS)

Find out more about making a request for an Authorised Interruption of Studies (AIS)