- Registered undergraduate and postgraduate students where the module allows for a resit
- A student who was registered for the entire semester one (and later deferred), can register for resits of semester one modules in the Autumn. In order to be eligible to resit semester one modules you must remain registered up to the last day of the scheduled semester one examinations.
- In order to be eligible to re-sit semester two modules in the autumn supplementals students must remain registered, i.e., cannot cancel registration. If a student was not registered for the full duration of semester two, then the student cannot register for resits of semester two modules in the Autumn.
- The same principle applies to year-long modules – a student must be registered for the entire duration of the module in order to be able to register to resit
- ‘External’ registration for resits is not permitted.
- The final date for de-registration is the last date of lectures in the second semester of the normal academic year. However, if a student de-registers then they cannot register for resits of semester two modules.
If you did not get the result you were hoping for, you may be able to improve your result by taking the resit option in August. Most modules with a written examination have a resit option. Some modules assessed by continuous assessment also allow a supplemental option over the summer.
- There may be modules that are universally not offered in Autumn and the next available sitting will be in the next academic year
- There may be modules which have an Autumn supplemental assessment but an individual student may not be permitted to register having failed to complete certain requirements of the course throughout the year
- Students can only resit modules which they were registered to and completed during this academic year. (The only exception to this is students resitting for professional exemption purposes - please see tab below for further information on this)
Information relating to both scenarios is readily available from Course Finder. When you search for a module the information is available under ‘Repeat Options’
Regardless of the assessment method if you want to take the resit option, you MUST register to do so. If you do not register a new result CANNOT be issued.
What modules do I need to resit?
- You should resit any module that they have not earned credits for.
- You should resit any module not passed (NP result).
- You may resit any module with a mark of under 40 (even if PC).
Note: A module mark under 35 will never compensate.
A module mark of 35-39 may compensate, but if it is a required module, may still block progression.
To proceed in a subject with a required module you MUST have a full pass in that module.
Subject and associated modules and their requirements can be checked using Course Finder
Non final year students must get permission to resit passed modules (P result). This is done by completing the Extenuating Circumstances form (RE1) and submitting this to the Registry Policy Office. At the same time you should also contact the Exams Office to request registration (note registration request will only be processed once permission is approved).
Final year students can resit up to 15 credits which have been passed (in addition to any modules not passed or passed by compensation) without permission.
Students cannot register online for passed modules so should email firstname.lastname@example.org after the release of students’ annual results to request registration.
If you retake a module that you have already passed (over pass standard) you must relinquish the mark first obtained and accept either the pass standard on the original module or the mark obtained at the second sitting. This means that your mark could fall as a result of a resit/repeat attempt. You should only register to retake a module if you are confident that you will put in sufficient study to achieve a higher result, and you are fully aware of the risk you are taking.
If there were extenuating circumstances which mean that you achieved an artificially low mark:
In these circumstances you will need to use the Extenuating Circumstances form (RE1 form), and will normally need to provide some supporting evidence (such as medical records), to support your case. The University will consider your request and decide whether or not to allow a resit.
Can I take a new module in the resit?
No. The supplemental resit is a second opportunity to be assessed in a module that you are registered for in the current academic year. If you were not registered for the module in the current year, you cannot take resit examinations/assessments.
Please refer to the Chartered Accountants Exemption Guide for recognised exemptions in Maynooth University degree programmes and the thresholds for each module.
The following modules have a threshold of either 40% or 50% in order to qualify for professional exemptions:
AC151**; AC152; AC160; AC201; AC202; AC203; AC205**; AC207; AC305; AC306; AC311; AC313; AC501A; AC503; AC505; FN205; FN206; FN305; LW151; LW152; LW154; LW155; LW180**; LW263; LW480
Note: there can be some variation between degrees, for example undergraduates need a minimum of 40% in AC151 but if taken in the Higher Diploma in Professional Accounting/MA Accounting (2-year), the professional exemption threshold is 50%. These modules are indicated above with **
Note: some modules have a threshold for 40% in order to qualify for professional exemptions
1. Re-sitting a previously passed module in the August supplemental session in the same period of study
(e.g. a second year student who passed AC205 in January but who wants to resit the module in August for professional exemption purposes)
- No permission required if the module is included in the list above.
- Students should apply online to re-sit the module; online registration information available on the Examinations website after the release of students’ annual results
- Students liable for normal August supplemental exam fees.
Note: students resitting a previously passed module in the same period of study should be aware of the ‘better mark principle’, outlined in (2016; p.15) Marks and Standards as:
A student who chooses to repeat a passed module (40% or over) or to take a new module in lieu of a passed module in order to try and improve a result must relinquish the mark first obtained and accept either 40% on the original mark or the mark obtained at the second sitting.
2. Re-sitting a previously passed module in a subsequent period of study
(e.g. a student who has progressed and registered for third year but who wishes to retake a second year module for professional exemption purposes)
- No permission required.
- Registration will be as an additional module outside the primary qualification, that is, an LCO registration.
Note: the mark obtained will not contribute to the annual or award mark of the primary qualification.
- Students may register for LCO qualification in just the August supplemental exam session.
- Students will be liable for the LCO fee, currently €58 per credit.
- LCO registration will display on academic transcript.
The University acknowledges that a student may wish to improve their degree result and offers the opportunity to do so by choosing whichever of the two following mechanisms best suits the student’s requirements:
(i) Resit assessments in the supplemental (resit) session in up to 15 credits of passed modules (Students cannot register online for passed modules so should email email@example.com to request registration.),
(ii) Re-register to repeat up to 60 credits of passed modules in a later academic year.
If you are a final year student, eligible for the award of your degree who wishes to resit/ repeat under either option above, you are required to decline your award in order to do so.
If you are declining your award in order to resit in August then you must do so by Friday 7th July 2023.
Students who wish to decline their award should contact the Exams Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Declining your award is a serious undertaking and there are academic implications for a student who chooses to do so which should be carefully considered. In sum, you are indicating that you do not wish to accept the award earned and that you do not want to be conferred with your degree.
If you request to decline your award and later change your mind, the first step you must take is to contact the Exams Office (email@example.com) to reinstate your award
You must also cancel your registration to resit assessments in the supplemental (resit) session or your re-registration to repeat, whichever is applicable.
Again there are serious implications on requesting a reinstatement of award and this should be done in a timely fashion in order to retain your original award grade. In general the form must be submitted prior to the commencement of resit or repeat examinations registered for.
It is important to note that any modules registered for may be included in the recalculation of your award grade upon a reinstatement request if you have:
- sat an examination in one or all of the modules you registered to as part of the supplemental / repeat examination session
- did not attend one or more supplemental/ repeat examinations and did not cancel your registration for the resit exam in advance
- neglected to rescind the decline of your award by completing the “Reinstatement of Award” form in advance of the commencement of your supplemental exams or repeat exam registration.
Guidelines for Declining Your Award V10 (12.8.22)
If you did not pass a module you may repeat the module or a suitable substitute module in a subsequent academic year. As modules may be changed from time to time, you may not always be able to repeat exactly the same module in a subsequent year.
When you repeat a module, you must register for the full module, and complete all of the assessment components.
- If a module was not passed in one year, you must register to repeat the module in order to have any opportunity to pass it. Compensation is not applied to a previous year’s work.
- If a module has not been compensated (i.e. the result is NP, even if in the compensation range 35-39 range) then no credits have been earned. In this case you must register to repeat the module, or take an acceptable alternative in its place.
- If you do not meet the compensation criteria, you are required to repeat any modules with marks below the compensation range (normally 35%).
- If you do not meet the compensation criteria, you are expected to repeat all modules with marks under the pass threshold (normally 40%)
For details on registration for repeat modules you should visit the Records and Registration webpage
Repeating a year of study for a second time
As per Marks and Standards (2016) , a student may repeat a period of study once only. Any further repeat attempts require permission Registry Permission / Extenuating Circumstances form (RE1)
This should be submitted to the Registry Policy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no automatic capping on resit exams. There may, however, be module cap conditions. These can be checked on CourseFinder and by contacting your department.
To check CourseFinder: using the link above enter your subject code and select your module from the list. When the module details appear go to the “assessment” section and all information should be there.