When are the exam periods?

There are three main University exam periods each academic year.

  • January: Semester One exams
  • May: Semester Two exams
  • Summer reassessment period

For all the key academic dates, have a look at the term dates.

Final exam timetables

The finalised exam dates and times will appear in your CMISGo timetable. Please note, if you have 24 hours to complete your exam it will appear on your timetable on both the date it is due to be released and the date of submission. You are strongly advised to check the PDF version below.

Exceptional arrangements for exams in 2020


All examinations this summer will be undertaken as on-line assessments.

The assessment may take the form of the examination paper as already written, or, where the existing examination paper is not amenable to being undertaken on-line, it may be an alternative assessment designed by your module team specifically for this purpose. If this is the case, it will be indicated on the exam timetable and you will need to check the module Blackboard site or contact your Module Leader for further information.

In exceptional circumstances, where it is not possible to assess the learning outcomes for the module by means of an on-line assessment, your examination will be deferred until such a time as it is possible to undertake the assessment. If that is the case, you will be contacted by your Module Leader via Blackboard.

The on-line assessment will be released to students via Blackboard at the time and date that the examination is scheduled on the Exam Timetable above. For example, if your examination is scheduled for 10am on 28 April, that is when it will be released to you on Blackboard. All dates and times shown on the exam timetable are UK (BST), so please be aware of the time difference if you are currently overseas.

For most modules, you will have 24 hours in which to complete and upload your work, using the Blackboard submission link. In these cases, if your on-line examination is scheduled for a Friday, your submission deadline will fall on the Saturday. Similarly, if your exam is due to take place on Thursday 7 May, your submission deadline will fall on Friday 8 May (UK bank holiday).

For some modules, where the nature of the assessment requires it, you will have less than 24 hours in which to complete and submit your work. Full details will be provided to you by your Module Leader following the publication of the timetable. You should note that your exam is not expected to take longer to complete than the originally planned time (2 or 3 hours for example). The 24 hours provides a window of time for you to complete and upload as required.

Your Module Leader will be available on Blackboard during the first hour of the on-line examination in order to answer any questions you might have , and will check in periodically throughout the submission window period to address any other issues that have been raised.

Please refer to the exam FAQs.