Exams and assessment

For each module you take, you will be asked to complete one or more pieces of assessment, which may include:

  • coursework (reviews, reports, essays, case studies, journals, logs, scientific and mathematical exercises)
  • examinations
  • oral, audio or video presentations (usually with a written report)
  • group projects. 

In this section, we'll tell you everything you need to know about exams, coursework, marking and feedback. 

Contact us 

You can contact us if you have any queries about how you will be examined and assessed at Birkbeck. 

Exam registration

Exam registration

Each year in November or December, we will email you to login to My Birkbeck and confirm that your modules are correct - this is how you register for your exams. 

Alternative exam arrangements

Alternative exam arrangements

In some circumstances, you may need extra support or alternative exam arrangements, either at Birkbeck or at another exam location.

Deadlines

Coursework deadlines

Each piece of coursework you complete will have a set deadline. 

Your exam timetable

Your exam timetable

There are several examination periods throughout the year: December-January; March; April-May-June; July; August; and September.

Exam guidelines

Exam guidelines

We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your exam, which will give you time to locate the room and prepare beforehand.

Exam venues

Exam venues

We hold exams in a number of locations outside the main Birkbeck campus.

Marking your work

Marking your work

Our marking criteria will tell you the skills and knowledge you need to demonstrate in order to get a particular grade. 

Results

Results

Your official results will be made available to you via My Birkbeck.

Resitting exams

Resitting exams

It may be possible to resit your exam(s), if you do not complete satisfactorily. 

Assessment offences

Assessment offences

The College has an Assessment Offences Policy, which explains what will happen if we suspect you have committed an assessment offence.  

Plagiarism guidelines

Plagiarism guidelines

These guidelines, developed for departments by Birkbeck Registry, are intended to explain clearly what plagiarism is, and how you can avoid it.