Exams overview

Publication of Examination Timetables

The University has four examination periods in the academic year. These are:

  • Semester One (January)
  • Semester Two (May)
  • Supplementary (August)
  • Semester Three (September)

Provisional timetables are published for the Semester 1 and 2 examinations; final and personal timetables are published for all periods.

Timetables are available on the student portal  My Studies tab, Examinations and Assessment Channel.

Provisional and final timetables are also available on your campus notice board as follows:

  • Belfast : Student Services Centre notice board
  • Coleraine : Examinations Office notice board
  • Jordanstown : Examinations Office notice board (on the Mall)
  • Magee : Registry and Examinations Office notice board

You are required to check the provisional timetables carefully to ensure that all your examinations have been listed correctly. Any inaccuracies should be notified to the appropriate campus Examinations Office immediately.

When the provisional timetables for the Semester 1 and 2 examination periods have been confirmed, your personal examination timetable will be published on the student portal, My Studies tab, Examination Services channel.

You are required to check that your personal timetable contains the correct details. A copy must be printed and brought to each of your examinations. This is important as the timetable includes your seat number for the examination.

Conduct of Examinations

You should note that:

  1. to sit an examination a candidate must be enrolled and have paid all fees due;
  2. no unauthorised books, papers or other material relevant to the examination may be taken into the examination room;
  3. any prescribed texts permitted in an examination should not be annotated as this will be construed as giving a candidate an unfair advantage. If you are found in possession of annotated texts your examination will be declared void. The texts will be removed by the Senior Invigilator and you will be asked to leave the examination room immediately;
  4. paper or electronic translation or other dictionaries may not be brought into the examination unless their use is permitted as stated in the rubric of the examination paper;
  5. mobile phones, smart watches or similar electronic devices are not permitted in the examination room. If during the examination you are found to have on your person, or within your reach, such devices, or any other unauthorised material, whether or not you use them, your examination will be declared void and you will be required to leave the room immediately;
  6. electronic calculators which are operationally quiet, hand-held, contain their own power source and cannot communicate with other devices may be used by candidates in an examination unless expressly forbidden by the examiners;
  7. candidates must not communicate with each other during an examination and may only leave the hall temporarily if accompanied by an invigilator;
  8. no information relating to the examination paper, may be conveyed to candidates during the examination, unless there is an error in the paper, in which case the information shall be provided to all candidates taking the examination;
  9. food or drink may not be brought into the examination room without the prior permission of the Senior Invigilator;
  10. no material may be removed from the examination room except the question paper, unless the examiner specifics that it must not be removed;
  11. candidates will not be admitted to the examination hall later than one hour after the start of the examination, except with the permission of the Senior Invigilator;
  12. no candidate may leave the examination until one hour after it has commenced, or in the last fifteen minutes, except with the permission of the Senior Invigilator;
  13. it is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that his or her examination script is received by an invigilator and consequently candidates must remain seated at their desks until their scripts are collected by the invigilators;
  14. non-attendance at an examination, except for medical reasons or other sufficient cause, will result in the candidate being deemed to have failed the examination;
  15. examination scripts and assessments must be legible, or examiners may decide not to mark them; and
  16. anyone disrupting an examination session will be asked to leave.

In addition to the above points, you should ensure that you are familiar with the current Regulations Governing Examinations in Programmes of Study contained within the University Regulations

You should also be familiar with the specific regulations for your own course.