Student handbook

Exams and assessments

Reassessment for Postgraduate Taught programmes

Reassessments is the collective term for any time a student takes a module or assessment again, i.e. whether a resit or following a valid mitigating circumstances claim and as either a first or second attempt.

The three types of reassessment are:

  1. A Resit is typically when a student fails their first attempt and retakes a module or assessment with capped marks (unless Part A or F). Resits are second attempts which means they are the final chances if there are no valid Mitigating Circumstances claims. This term also applies where a student has not passed the Part so retakes an assessment even when they have credit in the module.
  2. A Repeat First Attempt is when a student gets another first chance (with uncapped marks) following a valid Mitigating Circumstances claim.
  3. A Repeat Second Attempt is when a student gets another second chance at a Resit following a valid Mitigating Circumstances claim. Repeat second attempts have capped marks (unless Part A or F) and are last chances if there are no further Mitigating Circumstances

All guidance should be read in conjunction with Regulation XXI

It is possible for a student to have a mixture of reassessment types.  Your School will advise which, if any, of these apply when your results are published after Semester 2 or the Special Assessment Period (SAP).

Reassessment may have to wait until the next time the module is offered but sometimes a department will arrange for the reassessment to be available earlier. All module marks awarded on reassessment will be capped at 50% for the purpose of calculating your programme mark.

The advice below is for general use only; you will receive personalised guidance from your School if you need to consider taking reassessments. You can also get in touch with your programme administrator if you have any further questions. 

Information for students who hold a Tier 4 visa

Reassessment in the Special Assessment Period (SAP)

If you choose to take reassessments in SAP whilst continuing with Semester 3 modules or your project/dissertation, the reassessment will not affect your visa.  

Reassessment in the Next Academic Year (NAY)

If you choose to take reassessment without attendance in the next academic year, the University will not be able to issue you with a new CAS to support a new visa application.  Most Tier 4 students will have sufficient wrap-up time (additional months after the programme end date stated on their CAS) to remain in the UK to take reassessment without attendance in Semester 1.  However, you must check your visa expiry date and the dates of the exams period to ensure that you have permission to stay in the UK.

If you choose to take reassessment without attendance in Semester 2 of the next academic year, you will be expected to return to your home country.  It may be possible to sit exams overseas; you should discuss this with your School.  Alternatively you may request a letter from the Student Office to support a Short-Term Study visa application to return for the exams period. 

If you take reassessment with attendance in at least one module per semester, the University will continue to sponsor you under Tier 4.  You will be required to apply for a new visa and you should consider the time limits for Tier 4 study when making a decision about reassessment options.

You are encouraged to contact the Student Advice and Support Service for specialist immigration advice.

Information for students who require ATAS Clearance

If you are being reassessed in SAP, alongside Semester 3 modules or your project/dissertation your ATAS clearance will not be affected.

If you are a Tier 4 student and are taking reassessment within the UK in the next academic year, you will be postponing your course end date by more than three months and will need to apply for a new ATAS certificate within 28 days of registering for reassessment.  You should send evidence of your application to Please also forward your new ATAS certificate when you receive it.

For further information and to check whether your programme needs ATAS clearance, please see the University's ATAS webpage for continuing students.