Diets and Timetables

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

Student workshop - your views of exams

We are keen to hear your views and experiences of exams at the University as part of a new project looking at how we support digital exams. We have been speaking to Schools about how they run exams, what systems they use, what the challenges are and what changes they anticipate in exams in future. We want to add the student perspective to this and are interested in your experience of exams so far. Please sign up to one 90 minute (in-person) workshop. Please follow the link below. You will be eligible for a book token as a thank you for your time.

Microsoft Forms (office.com)


April/May 2024 Examination Diet


*Update on timetable notification service to students*

The April/May 2024 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.

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.


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


 29th April - 24th May 

 (Including Saturdays)

(Exam diet dates)                           


Exam timetable publication date:  4 March 2024

The timetable has now been published and the synchronisation of students calendars is underway.


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.


August 2024 (Resit)


5th - 16th August (including Saturdays)



Exam timetable publication date:  to be confirmed



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.

Approved Calculators

Where students are permitted access to a calculator in an examination, the School will advise you on what calculators are permitted (this can vary between Schools so please check before your examination), examples of acceptable calculators are:

  • Casio fx85 (any version)
  • Casio fx83 (any version)
  • Casio fx991 (any version)

The following calculator models are recommended for students with dyslexia:

  • Casio fx-83GTPLUS*
  • Casio fx-85GTPLUS*