For all information on Semester 1 exams please see the exams office website

How do I defer my Semester 1 exam?

In line with the University’s Deferral Policy QA234, deferrals from semester 1 examinations will be granted by Deans of College (or their nominees). 

Students unable to sit semester 1 examinations due to an ongoing illness, family bereavement or other, independently vouched, personal circumstances, which affect their ability to take their examinations and which are outside of their control should complete a Deferral Application Form and submit it, together with supporting documentation to their College/School Office (contact details for College/School Offices are available here).

Details of required supporting documentation are outlined in the Deferral Policy

I have COVID 19 symptoms, can I sit my exam?

Students who develop symptoms of Covid-19 should not present on-campus for an exam but should contact their College Office to seek a deferral, and get a Covid test. Follow the advice of the HSE on self-isolating if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are a close contact, available here. 

For deferral applications related to Covid-19, the following supporting documentation will be required in order to be granted a deferral: 

  • A Medical Certificate and/or 
  • Evidence of having had a HSE PCR test (the results of which may be positive or negative) 

It is recognised that the above supporting documentation may need to be provided retrospectively after the deferred exam has taken place.  

Students should be aware that deferrals are not granted automatically, appropriate supporting documentation is required. Failure to provide the required supporting documentation will mean that the deferral cannot be granted and non-attendance at the exam will result in a mark of zero being awarded for it, with any resulting Fail requiring attendance at a resit exam in August.

I am waiting on my COVID 19 test results, can I sit my exam?

Students who are waiting on a test result should not present on-campus for an exam but should contact their College Office to seek a deferral, and get a Covid test. Follow the advice of the HSE on self-isolating if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are a close contact, available here. 

For deferral applications related to Covid-19, the following supporting documentation will be required in order to be granted a deferral: 

  • A Medical Certificate and/or 
  • Evidence of having had a HSE PCR test (the results of which may be positive or negative) 

It is recognised that the above supporting documentation may need to be provided retrospectively after the deferred exam has taken place.  

Students should be aware that deferrals are not granted automatically, appropriate supporting documentation is required. Failure to provide the required supporting documentation will mean that the deferral cannot be granted and non-attendance at the exam will result in a mark of zero being awarded for it, with any resulting Fail requiring attendance at a resit exam in August.

I have tested positive for COVID 19, can I sit my exam?

Students who have tested positive for Covid 19 should not present on-campus for an exam but should contact their College Office to seek a deferral, and get a Covid test. Follow the advice of the HSE on self-isolating if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are a close contact, available here. 

For deferral applications related to Covid-19, the following supporting documentation will be required in order to be granted a deferral: 

  • A Medical Certificate and/or 
  • Evidence of having had a HSE PCR test (the results of which may be positive or negative) 

It is recognised that the above supporting documentation may need to be provided retrospectively after the deferred exam has taken place.  

Students should be aware that deferrals are not granted automatically, appropriate supporting documentation is required. Failure to provide the required supporting documentation will mean that the deferral cannot be granted and non-attendance at the exam will result in a mark of zero being awarded for it, with any resulting Fail requiring attendance at a resit exam in August.

I have been advised to self-isolate, can I sit my exam?

Students who have been advised to self-isolate, should not present on-campus for an exam but should contact their College Office to seek a deferral, and get a Covid test. Follow the advice of the HSE on self-isolating if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are a close contact, available here. 

For deferral applications related to Covid-19, the following supporting documentation will be required in order to be granted a deferral: 

  • A Medical Certificate and/or 
  • Evidence of having had a HSE PCR test (the results of which may be positive or negative) 

It is recognised that the above supporting documentation may need to be provided retrospectively after the deferred exam has taken place.  

Students should be aware that deferrals are not granted automatically, appropriate supporting documentation is required. Failure to provide the required supporting documentation will mean that the deferral cannot be granted and non-attendance at the exam will result in a mark of zero being awarded for it, with any resulting Fail requiring attendance at a resit exam in August.

When will Semester 1 deferred exams take place?

Students who have been granted a deferral for Semester 1 exams/assessments will complete the rescheduled exam/assessment in early to mid-April 2022, after semester 2 teaching but prior to semester 2 examinations.  

In the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, rescheduling arrangements in relation to deferred clinical exams/assessments will be communicated directly by Programme Directors. 

Can I resit a Semester 1 exam in April?

The April exam session for semester 1 is for deferrals only. It is not a resit opportunity.

Students who fail the December semester 1 exams and receive official results in Summer 2022, will complete their resit exams in August 2022 in line with the normal University Calendar. Therefore, as is always the case, students will only have a maximum of two attempts at an exam for a semester 1 module. 

Will my deferred exam marks be capped?

In line with the University’s Deferral Policy, capping does not apply to deferred exams.  

I have an exemption from attending in-person teaching, do I have to attend in-person for on-campus exams?

As per the ‘Protocol for managing absences from Teaching’, medically vulnerable students or those who live with medically vulnerable people, and who have an exemption from attending in-person teaching on campus are required to attend in person for on-campus exams.

An Alternative Arrangements process is in place to provide an alternative venue with increased physical distancing for the completion of exams for those students who have been approved under the ‘Protocol for managing absences from Teaching’ and they should contact the Exams Office on 091-492640 to make arrangements.  

Can I request a deferral from one exam?

Exceptionally for Academic Year 2021-22, due to public health circumstances, it will be possible to grant students a once-off opportunity to request a deferral for one or more exams, without automatically being deferred for all subsequent exams in circumstances where a negative Covid test result is provided midway through the exams.   

What format will my deferred exam take?

In the majority of cases, for reasons of consistency of standards, the rescheduled semester 1 exam/assessment will take the same format in April as the initial December exam/assessment took. This means that if the deferred module was assessed as an in-person exam in December, it is likely to be assessed as an in-person exam in April; equally if the December assessment took the form of Continuous Assessment or an online exam, then the format in April is likely to be the same.  

In exceptional circumstances where Module Owners feel it is necessary to switch to an alternative mode of assessment for the April sitting, they must first seek the permission of the Deputy President and Registrar, setting out why it is not possible to use the same mode of assessment used in December, and outlining how the module learning outcomes can be assessed rigorously to the same standard using an alternative format. Module Owners will notify students of the format of the deferred exam early in Semester 2.  

What safety measures will be in place in exam venues in December?

In-person exams will proceed as planned with the University’s Infection Prevention & Control Measures in place.  

Exam venues will be safe spaces for you to attend. Conscious of the current rate of Covid in the community, the following additional safety measures will be in place:   

  • Exam Capacity will typically be 40 – 60% for each venue  
  • Ventilation will be more effective as a result 
  • CO2 monitoring in large naturally ventilated venues 
  • University’s cleaning protocol will be in place 
  • Venues will be cleaned and disinfected each morning 
  • Large venues will undergo a Category 3 clean, including electrostatic fogging each night 
  • Managed movement of people will be evident at each venue 
  • Signage, measures to avoid congregation, one-way systems 
  • Wipes provided for Students to sanitise their desks 
  • Hand sanitisers at entrance points 
  • Face coverings will be required