Examinations Office

Exam dates and timetables

The exam timetables are accessed through MyDMU, and it is important to check your timetable regularly as it is subject to change. Along with the date of the exam, you need to know the time and the venue, as your exam may be scheduled in a campus building you are not familiar with – so it might take a few extra minutes to get there.

Exam Deferrals

If you cannot attend your exam due to sudden unexpected extenuating circumstances, you can apply for a deferral of assessment. You should seek advice from your Faculty Student Advice Centre to discuss your situation directly. Click here for more information about deferrals.

Extra Support

If you wish to discuss individual exam adjustments due to a disability, medical condition or mental health issue, you should contact Disability Advice and Support or the Mental Health Inclusion Team.

Students can book an exam quick query appointment via MyGateway, or email disability@dmu.ac.uk.

There are deadlines in place for extra support arrangements to be finalised however; please bear in mind that these deadlines are for the completion of the process. During your appointment, the Disability Advice and Support team may require further evidence, so our advice is that you apply as soon as possible and not leave it until near the deadline.

Where extra support has been put in place the Examinations Office will contact you to confirm all the details, your exam dates will not normally be any different to the standard exam dates.

Individual Exam Arrangements: ‘Stop Clock’ Breaks

Where a requirement for a ‘stop clock’ break has been confirmed through the Disability Advice and Support team, this will be put in place for formal exams.

Stop clock breaks give the student the chance to take a rest break during the exam, these breaks are flexible in that the clock can be paused any number of times up until the end of the exam and the total number of minutes the clock is paused for is added to the end time of the exam.

Students can only apply this during the standard length of the exam, for example:

An exam starting at 9.00 am until 11.00 am.  The clock can be paused any number of times during 9.00 until 11.00.  At 11.00 the total number of minutes paused will be added to the end time of the exam.

So if a student pauses the exam for a total of 22 minutes, between 9.00 and 11.00, the exam will conclude at 11.22.

The clock cannot be paused after 11.00 (or after the standard end time of any exam).

If a student is permitted extra time in addition to stop clock breaks, for example, 25% extra time, the clock can only be paused up until the end of the exam, including extra time.

For example:

An exam starting at 9.00 am until 11.00 am with 25% extra time, so the exam will finish at 11.30 and the clock cannot be stopped after 11.30

Full exam conditions remain in place during stop clock breaks.

Extra Support Deadlines

For students on standard undergraduate programmes, the extra support deadlines are Friday 29th March (for main exam period in May but including June exams) - by which you must have met with the Disability and Support team - and Friday 19th July (for resit period in August 2019).

For students on postgraduate, distance learning, semester based and nursing and midwifery programmes, the extra support deadlines are at least six weeks before the date of exam.

If you have had individual exam arrangements for previous formal examinations at DMU, these will automatically be in place for the May 2019 exam period.

On The Day

Check your exam venue in advance so you know exactly where to go.  Give some thought to what you need to bring on the day of your exam so you are ready and prepared.  You need to bring:

  • Student ID card
  • Pens and pencils (bring spares)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Calculator (not programmable; some exams do not permit a calculator, see separate guidance)
  • Small bottle of water with the label removed.
  • A small clear bag or pencil case is permitted, this is so invigilators can see what is on your desk in the exam venue.

Think about what to wear, you may want to wear light layers of clothing, as some venues are warmer or cooler than others. You will not be allowed to wear a coat, jacket, scarf or ‘outerwear’ in the exam room.

You need to arrive at the exam venue at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam. This is because some exams are large in candidate numbers and it takes some time to seat students correctly and for invigilators to give their announcements and instructions. If you arrive 15 minutes after the start of the exam then entry will not be permitted.

During the exam you will not be allowed access to:

  • Your mobile phone or smart device, including smart watches – the invigilators will ask you to switch these off and place in the plastic bag on your desk.  You are not allowed to have your phone in your pocket or on your person during the exam 
  • Any data storage electronic device such as electronic dictionaries or organisers
  • Earphones or headphones
  • Your own dictionary
  • Any revision notes
  • Blank paper

When you enter the exam room, you will be under exam conditions which means no talking to other candidates.  The invigilators will tell you where to leave your bag(s), coats, hats and other belongings.

You will be seated by the invigilators and asked to put your Student ID card on the desk along with your pens and pencils in your clear plastic bag or pencil case.

The invigilator will give various announcements and instructions. Listen carefully to this information.

The invigilator will announce the start and end of the examination.


You will find more information on what to expect in your examinations in our Student Guide to Exams.

Examination Regulations

Click here to read the University Regulations concerning examinations.

Examinations Office

The examinations office is responsible for

  • Scheduling exams and invigilators
  • Managing exam documents
  • Issuing and receiving exam documents to/from invigilators
  • Responding to queries about exams
  • Putting Individual Exam Arrangements in place

Our aim is to provide an examination schedule and service that is equitable to all students and in accordance with the University regulations concerning examinations.

The Examinations Office can be contacted on: examinationoffice@dmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 116 250 6379

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