Diets and Timetables

This page covers how and when we publish information about the date, time and location of your exams.

December exam diet - UPDATE


CHANGES TO EXAMS - 14/11/2023

The following exams have been updated, please see your outlook calendar for updated exam information (including venue change):


PHYS08045 Modern Physics: Change of Exam venue and change of exam session: Now taking place on 19 December PM session starting at 14:30


ACCN10029 Taxation Practices:  Change of Exam venue

ASST10094 Chinese Language 4a: Change of Exam venue

CLTR10014 Monsters, Murder and Mayhem: Biography in the Ancient World:  Change of Exam venue

ECSH10087 Tradition and Transformation in the Chinese Economy, 1842-1949:  Change of Exam venue

ELEE11049 Principles of Microelectronic Devices:  Change of Exam venue

EPCC11007 Design and Analysis of Parallel Algorithms : Change of Exam venue

HIAR08025 History of Art 1A Art and Belief in Europe, 500 to 1700:  Change of Exam venue

MATH10074 Geometry:  Change of Exam venue

PSYL08011 Psychology 2A:  Change of Exam venue

PSYL10138 Thinking and Reasoning : Change of Exam venue



*Update on timetable notification service to students*

The December 2023 exam diet sees the introduction of email confirmation to all students with an exam timetable. This summary email contains all the key information you need to know about the day, time and venue for all your exams and is in addition to the personalised Outlook calendar service you already receive.

We know that most of you will have received multiple duplicate instances of this email over the weekend following the publication of the timetable on Thurs 02/11/23. This cause of this issue has been identified and rectified. Please accept our apologies for this technical issue.

If there are any necessary changes to your exam timetable in the meantime, you will be automatically notified by email, which will contain an update of your full schedule.

We hope this will be a valuable addition to your exam notification service.


Online exams:

For those students sitting online exams, where your School permits a period of extra time for uploading your exam. This period of extra time will now be fifteen minutes to allow for upload.


On campus exams:

On Monday 18 December and Tuesday 19 December, there will be two exam sessions a day. The exam session start times will be 09:30 AM and 14:30 PM.

For every other day in the exam diet, exam sessions will start at 13:00


Format of main exam diets

The main exam diet will see a return of in-person, on-campus exams on a larger scale than previous years. Most exams will take place on campus, with a smaller number online.

Your School will contact you to let you know which exams will take place online and which will take place on campus.



Academic Year 2023/24                       



Exam Dates

Publication Date


 11 - 21 December (Including Saturdays)

(Exam diet dates)                           


Exam timetable publication date:  Friday 03 November 2023


Important - Ensure all electronic devices are set to UK Time Zone.

Personalised Examination Timetable:  https://www.ed.ac.uk/timetabling-examinations/exams/personalised-examination-timetable

Exam Web Timetables: https://exams.is.ed.ac.uk/  Please note, this resource only displays the main venue information. Students with special arrangements should check their personalised timetable.



Semester Dates

Semester Dates


Frequently Asked Questions and Venue Maps

Extenuating Circumstances

Students who believe that religious reasons or participation in elite-level sport prevent them from sitting an examination at the scheduled time should contact their Student Adviser.. ​​​Their case is considered by the relevant Dean and Student Administration in consultation with the Convener of the Board of Examiners. Further information regarding flexibility which may be offered to students taking part in elite-level sport is provided in the Performance Sport Policy:


Student Support Resources

  • Study Hub learning resources – IAD have compiled comprehensive guidance on a range of study skills, past papers, and a dedicated area for exams, including a Learn self-enrolled exam boot camp.
  •  Help with concerns – guides on various student concerns, such as stress, and actions you can take to manage your wellbeing
  • Remember you can also speak with the Wellbeing Adviser in your School.
  • The Edinburgh University Students’ Association Advice Place has a range of academic and wellbeing advice.
  • Should you wish, a face mask can be worn during the exam. Main exam venues will have hand sanitisers available.
  • Key information and what you will need to do if you think you, or someone else, may have Covid-19


Please note:

  • As examinations may be scheduled at any time during the semester, it is a student's responsibility to be available throughout the semester, including the whole of the examination diet. Occasionally assessments may need to be rescheduled with very little notice. If special circumstances mean that a student is unavailable for the rescheduled assessment, Boards of Examiners may consider using an alternative method to assess the relevant learning outcomes (Assessment Regulation 17.3).
  • Other than online assessment, students are not allowed to sit examinations away from Edinburgh (Assessment Regulation 25.5)
  • Factors which may adversely affect your performance in an examination or in assessed coursework over the year, such as personal illness or the illness of a close relative or partner, must be drawn to the attention of the examiners in writing by you as soon as possible and, in any event, before the meeting of the Board of Examiners. This is usually done via your Student Adviser or Postgraduate Programme Director.