Student Academic Administration publish all examination schedules and make all the necessary provisions for autumn, spring and annual repeat examinations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
End of semester examinations take place mainly in Weeks 14 and 15. However, examinations for particular cohorts undertaking either school placement or professional placement can take place in Weeks 10, 12 or 13 also. Annual repeat examinations take place in August each year (check the Academic Calendar for exact dates).
All examinations are scheduled in SAA exam centres, computer labs or in special accommodation venues.
Student Guidelines for Examinations
- Arrive on time for your exam, ideally 15 minutes before the exam commences.
- Be familiar with the correct location of your exam.
- You must bring your valid student id card with you to all exams.
- You are not permitted to bring personal belongings e.g. mobile phones, smart watches or any electronic communication device into an exam room/venue (if in doubt leave it at home).
- The end of semester examinations will be run in compliance with the UL Assessment Regulations which can be found in the Handbook of Academic Regulations and Procedures.
See below and Student Handbook for further details.
- The provisional timetable is published and available on the web at www.timetable.ul.ie in Week 8/9. In the event of a module being missing from the timetable or that you are scheduled to do three examinations in the same day, you should contact Student Academic Administration immediately. Appropriate changes may then be made or other action taken.The deadline for notifying SAA of any such issues is 3pm on Thursday of Week 10.
- The final timetable is published and available on the website during Week 10.
- The annual repeat examination timetable is published and available on the website on the second week of August.
- Timetables for students on the Thurles campus are made available ahead of exams.
- For any queries regarding exam timetables, please contact Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, on +353 504 20535 or Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.
Seating arrangements for each module during the examinations period are available from the LAN in the SAA section. Please note that seating arrangements change for each examination slot.
Seating arrangements for exams on the Thurles campus are made available ahead of exams. For any queries regarding these arrangements, please contact Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, on +353 504 20535 or Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.
Grade ‘I’ shall be awarded only in cases where the student has not completed all of the requirements for a module and has submitted certifiable evidence of medical and/or psychological illness or immediate family crisis where the presence of the student is indispensable. I-Grades shall not be assigned in response to a plea made in respect of pressure of work. Students must submit satisfactory evidence to support the request for an I-Grade and such certification is valid only when it comes via the Student Medical Centre, Counselling or Chaplaincy services. A copy of the I-Grade application form can be obtained from Student Academic Administration.
For any queries regarding I-Grades at MIC Thurles, please contact Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, on +353 504 20535 or Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.
Results, Rechecks & Appeals
- Under no circumstances can results be given over the phone as the College is obliged to protect the confidentiality of results under the Data Protection Acts.
- Examinations results are available online at: https://results.mic.ul.ie
- In order to access your results online, it is essential that you know your Network Log-on Password. If you have forgotten your network log-on password, reset it here. If your password has expired, reset it here.
- Guide to Accessing Exam Results
- Should you owe fees, you will not be able to access your results.
See Student Handbook
Should you believe that your grade in a module is incorrect, you can appeal the grade by completing the Grade Recheck Request form up to two weeks after examination results are released. There is a €25 deposit (€25 for teaching practice) payable with the form, which is refundable only if the grade is changed as a result of the recheck. Remember grades can be lowered by a recheck, so be sure you really believe the grade awarded is incorrect before applying.
Please submit the form and the appropriate fee to the Student Academic Administration Office and you will be notified via your College student email once the grade recheck decision has been finalised by the relevant faculty member.
Should the student not be satisfied with the outcome of the grade recheck, he/she may appeal the matter to the Head of Department (HoD) responsible for the module. The appeal must be made within two weeks of the publication of the grade recheck result.
The HOD decision is final.
Should the student not be satisfied with the outcome of the grade recheck, s/he may appeal the matter to Student Academic Administration for forwarding to the department head responsible for the module. The Appeal Form must be completed and submitted within two weeks of the publication of the grade recheck result together with the appropriate fee of €50.
The appeal must be on stated grounds and should include a full and complete statement on why you believe the grade awarded is incorrect i.e. stating that you deserve a better grade is not sufficient grounds. Please refer to the Student Handbook for further information.
The HOD decision is final.
A cumulative QCA of 2.00 with no deficient grades (i.e. 'F', 'NG', 'I') is the minimum standard for progression to the next year of your course.
All grades taken in the annual repeats will be capped at C3. The higher of the original or the repeat grade will be awarded in all cases. In cases where students received an I-Grade during semester exams, these I-Grade modules are not capped at the annual repeats.
Students who do not attain the minimum QCA at the end of the year will on the recommendation of the relevant exam board:
- Repeat the year, or;
- Repeat a full semester, or;
- Repeat a maximum of two modules in any one semester on a link-in basis. In such an instance, grades are uncapped, or;
- Enrolment is terminated.
Repeat examinations, for those who are eligible to sit them, usually take place during the last week in August. In order to take the repeat examinations, you must register for these examinations by the relevant closing date and pay the appropriate fees. If you fail to register on time, there is a late payment fine of €30.
In addition to the requirement regarding your residual QCA, certain other criteria apply to repeat examinations.
- A maximum of four modules can be repeated provided you have completed two academic semesters in the year.
- Students who complete only one academic semester in a year may only repeat two modules from that semester.
- All modules other than those carrying ‘I’ grades are capped at a grade C3. I-Grades are uncapped.
- I-Grades will not be counted in the maximum permissible number of modules which a student is allowed to repeat.
- There is a fee payable on registration for repeating all modules except I-Grades.
- Only grades lower than C3 may be repeated (i.e. D1, D2, F, NG, ‘I’).
- Minimum standard for progression to the next year of the programme after the repeat is a QCA of 2.00 with no deficient grades.
- Students on the BA in Liberal Arts programme who have been granted permission to split their studies across two years will only be eligible to clear deficient grades at the end of the period when both halves of the split year have been completed.
If your QCA is already over 2.00 with no deficient grades but you have some D1 and/or D2 grades, you are entitled to progress to the next year without repeating modules unless otherwise specified in the Programme Specific Regulations for your programme. However, you may opt to clear the D1 or D2 grades (i.e. to upgrade them to a Pass grade–capped at C3) by voluntarily sitting annual repeats subject to the above criteria. If you receive a worse grade in the repeats, the original grade will remain.
See Student Handbook for further details.
As per section 1.4.16 of Academic Regulations (see below):
Annual repeats will be available in all modules in all years of all academic programmes except where Heads of Departments make a written submission to the Vice President - Academic Affairs not to offer a repeat in a module or part thereof in cases where:
- It would not be feasible to offer a repeat assessment;
- Specific required skills have not been demonstrated by the student;
- The module has been defined as having professional accreditation-related elements and, in accordance with section 3.5.1, repeat opportunities are restricted.
As approved by the Academic Regulations Committee:
- Modules where the assessment relies substantially on completion of practical work
- Specialist placement, e.g. Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Teaching Practice; clinical placements
- Cases where a conventional written examination is not considered a suitable assessment instrument
- Projects undertaken by means of team-based work/project, where skills development is being assessed either progressively or continually over a semester
- Where there is a safety implication in a laboratory or workshop
- Calendar implications
Classification of Awards
Bachelor's Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates
The award of a bachelor's degree, diploma (either undergraduate or postgraduate) or certificate (either undergraduate or postgraduate) is made at honours levels. To qualify for the award of a bachelor's degree or diploma or certificate, a candidate must:
- Satisfy all the assessment and other requirements set for the programme of study;
- Achieve a minimum final cumulative QCA of 2.00, with full credits in all prescribed modules of the programme of study, and;
- Satisfy any programme specific regulations as specified for particular programmes.
Awards will be at one of the following classifications:
Award Classification/Cumulative QCA
- First Class Honours: 3.40
- Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1): 3.00
- Second Class Honours Grade 2 (2.2): 2.60
- Third Class Honours: 2.00
The Academic Council Examination Board may consider a candidate whose final cumulative QCA is not more than 0.10 less than the QCA required for a First Class, 2.1 or 2.2 classification and who satisfies the other requirements for the proposed award.
A student who fails two PARE modules in Years 2, 3 or 4 may be eligible for an Exit Award or for transfer to an appropriate exit programme.
Europass Diploma Supplement is an initiative of the European Union to promote mobility of graduates. It is underpinned by a joint decision of the EU Commission and Council and arises from agreement by education ministers from 41 countries (Bologna Agreement 1999). Europass Diploma Supplement is designed to give greater transparency and recognition of qualification.
From autumn 2005, UL will issue official graduation documents online. These documents will be electronically signed using verifiable legally binding Advanced Electronic Signatures in accordance with the EU Digital Signatures Directive.
New graduates will be automatically issued with the following documents electronically shortly following graduation:
- Transcript of Results
- Award (equivalent to a certified copy of your paper parchment)
- European Diploma Supplement
Former graduates can request official copies of Transcript of Results.
The system allows you to:
- Access and view your official documents;
- Create and download a Document Access Ticket with access permissions defined by you;
- Send the Document Access Ticket to prospective employers, educational institutions or others who you need to verify your qualifications;
- See an audit trail of who has accessed and verified your qualifications.
To apply for an Electronic Award Document please access the following website: https://digitary.ul.ie
President’s Scholarships to undertake postgraduate study in the College are awarded to students who graduate with First Class Honours from the nine undergraduate programmes. Students who achieve first place on each of the undergraduate programmes are awarded College Gold Medals. The award is made to the student with the highest QCA as calculated on the student's performance over the final six semesters of the programme. Students who have not completed six semesters within these programmmes at MIC are not eligible for consideration for this particular award. A range of other awards and scholarships are presented to students at the Annual Graduation Ceremonies. For further details, please contact the MIC Research & Graduate School.
An aegrotat award may be awarded to a student who has died or is unable to complete their programme of study due to very serious illness or other grave circumstances. An award made on an aegrotat basis is unclassified and does not entitle the student to the benefits of an award of the university, including meeting the entry requirements of a programme of further study, exemptions or recognition by professional bodies or the right to practise in a profession. In the event that a student who has received an aegrotat award makes a significant recovery from an illness, the student may be permitted to re-enter the programme of study. See Student Handbook for further details.
A Posthumous Award may be awarded to a student who has died without having met the eligibility criteria for an aegrotat award. To be eligible for a posthumous award, the deceased student must have completed at least 30 ECTS credits on a taught programme or successfully passed at least one annual progression review on a research programme
- Results, Rechecks & Appeals
- Repeat Exams
- Classification of Awards