Examinations and Assessment
Key dates and locations
Find out when and where your exams will take place, and how long it will take for you to receive your results.
Marking, results and resits
Find out more about how your work will be marked and what to expect if you need to resit any of your exams.
Important exam information
Make sure you’re familiar with the important information about your exam so that you can do your best on the day and avoid any problems.
The University’s approach to classification is provided below. Details of the University’s procedure for classification are published in full in the Rules for Award.
Code of practice on assessment (taught students)
The University gives general information relating to assessment of students in its code of practice on assessment. Academic schools provide more specific local guidance in their own school code of practice.
Systems for online assessment
Online assessments can be carried out on a few different digital education systems available at the University. Where you have been set an assessment via one of these systems the guidance listed on this page, on how to use the system may be helpful.
Exam preparations and arrangements
Make sure you’re familiar with all the important information about your exam so that you can do your best on the day and avoid any problems.
Alternative exam arrangements
If you're disabled, or if you become ill at the time of your exams, then special arrangements may be made for you.
Past exam papers
We have an archive of past exam papers from your course that you can look at, to give you an idea of what to expect from your exams, and can be a useful revision aid.
Our classification calculator is a downloadable Excel spreadsheet which you can use to estimate your final degree classification.
You can use the appeals procedure if you want to challenge your degree classification or any other mark which has been finalised.
Who to contact if you have an issue with your exam
Mitigating circumstances are any personal issues that you feel affect your academic work. These issues could include illness, bereavement, family crisis or pregnancy.
Mitigating circumstances are normally exceptional, short term, unforeseen and unpreventable events that may have a significantly disruptive effect on your ability to take assessments. These events are over and above the course of everyday life, and normally outside of your control, and may affect your ability to complete coursework or other assessments and, revise for and attend examinations.
Religious observance and exams
If you're unable to attend assessments on Sabbaths, holy days or religious festivals, find out how to notify the Exams Team and what arrangements can be put in place.
What to do if you can’t access Minerva
Sometimes Minerva wont be available, for example if we are carrying out maintenance work on the system. You can find out about any scheduled service interruptions on the Minerva blog.
Examination process overview
When you're approaching the end of your research degree, there are a few administrative steps you'll need to take to initiate the submission and examination process.
Your assessment questions answered
The Assessment and Progress (Exams) Team (A&P) frequently receive questions relating to assessments. The answers to the majority of these questions are already available on the SES Website for students.