City has published updated advice for its students and staff on the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Last updated: 04 May 2021 10:44am

Exam timetable

Please make sure you check the timetable carefully and regularly before your examination(s).

We understand that a move to alternative assessments, and different arrangements to face-to-face examinations, is a change to what you were expecting and it may be challenging for some students. The University is committed to supporting you during this time and has created an Assessments Student Guide to answer some of your questions.

The examination timetable

  • The May 2021 Exam Timetable (updated 27/04/2021 09:22)
  • The August exam timetable will be published here by the end of July 2021. Exams take place 9 – 20 August 2021.

Please see the Religious Observance information below if you have an exam that coincides with faith commitments that prevent you sitting your exam such as Shavuot or Eid morning prayer.

You may have other alternative assessments that fall within and outside of this period, including coursework submissions. More guidance will be provided by your Course Office.

The examination timetable is subject to change. Please make sure you check the timetable carefully and regularly before your assessment(s).

Find exam period dates for upcoming academic years.

Examination clashes

If you discover that you have two examinations on the same day, or an 18:00 exam followed by a 10:00 exam the following day, please inform your Course Office as soon as possible. They will liaise with the Examinations Office who will contact you before the start of the exams to confirm your arrangements.

Religious observance

There may be times during examination periods when the observance of your faith prevents you from taking exams at specific dates or times. In cases such as these City will, wherever practicable, make alternative arrangements for you to sit the examination. You must apply for special arrangements to be made in these circumstances.

This information relates to examination periods only. Where religious observance prevents you from attending teaching, in-semester tests, other assessments or activities you should speak to your Course Officer as soon as you become aware of the conflict.

Exams during Covid-19

The University recognises that the changes to teaching and assessment caused by Covid-19 may have an impact on students’ religious observances. In general, we consider that the move to teaching online and the move to alternative forms of assessment and remote exams wherever possible should enable more flexibility in students’ schedules to balance their religious observance with their studies.

For assessments remaining in the form of an exam, where possible a 24 hour period exists to allow all students to engage with the assessment, whatever their circumstances. In situations such as exams being over a shorter set duration, please advise your Course Office if your circumstances make this difficult to attend, such as the time zone.

If the scheduling of a shorter exam or assessment impacts your religious observance, please follow the application procedure below.

Application Procedure

If you need to make a request for alternative assessment arrangements on the grounds of religious observance, you should do so as soon as you become aware that your exam(s) will be affected by your religious observance needs.

This should be at least three weeks before the start of the affected exam period.

In the May 2021 exam period, if you are affected by the morning Eidul- Fitr prayer on the 13th or 14th May, by Shavuot on the 17th and 18th May, or other religious observance that prevents you sitting your exam as scheduled, please apply for alternative exams arrangements.

You should:

  • Request a supporting letter from the faith leader of the community with which you practice. Please note that the University Chaplaincy Team is not able to provide this letter. If you are not able to provide this due to the impact of Covid in the academic year 2020/21 you should indicate this on your form and we may be in touch to discuss it with you further.
  • Please use the following link to complete the online Religious Observance Arrangements Form(Please note: If you have any questions or require this form in an alternative format please contact
  • Please submit the form and accompanying letter (where possible) to the University for review using the online form link above, at least THREE WEEKS before the start of the exam period for which you require religious observance arrangements. Please Note: For the May 2021 Examinations Period the submission deadline has been extended. Please submit this form and your accompanying supporting letter to the University by Sunday 25th April 2021.

If you have already submitted your RE1 form as a Word version there is no need to submit it again.

You will need to apply for each exam period which will be affected. The Exams Office will make every attempt to accommodate your requirements wherever possible. You will be contacted directly to be advised of the arrangements.

Where it is possible to arrange for you to sit the examination at an alternative time you will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and you will sit your exam along with other students for whom special arrangements have been made.

Ramadan 2021

In 2021 Ramadan takes place during the first part of the May examination period. In order to support students who will be fasting here is some useful information on eating and staying well during Ramadan:

Exams outside the main examination periods

The Examinations Office organise some exams that take place outside main examination periods.

University exception periods that are centrally organised include:

  • Study Abroad exams in December and April
  • Some EMBA and MBA exams in January and April
  • PG Bayes exams in April
  • GDL and Legal Practice Law Exams in June
  • School of Health Sciences exams throughout the year.

Please note that many departments organise their own exception examinations. If you are unsure who is organising your examinations please consult your programme handbook or Course Office.

Exception Exam Timetables