Student handbook

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught programmes

Term dates and Semesters

Term dates and semester dates are set by University Senate.

Terms refer to the time period when taught students are on campus, whereas Semesters refers to the teaching periods for taught modules. Whilst research students and doctoral researchers will find it useful to be aware of the dates below, their research activity is not directly aligned to terms and semesters.

Term Four is for postgraduate taught students only.

Summer terms from 2012/13 onwards will conclude on a Wednesday. This is to avoid the need for exams on preceding Saturdays.

Tier 4 students: you can find further information about when it is possible to work full-time and when the restricted work hours stated on your visa apply.

Current Academic Year: 2020-21

Introductory week: 28 September 2020 - 2 October 2020
Semester 1: 5 October 2020 - 5 February 2021
Semester 2: 8 February 2021 - 25 June 2021
Semester 3: 28 June 2021 - 1 October 2021

Autumn Term: 5 October 2020 - 18 December 2020
Spring Term: 11 January 2021 - 26 March 2021
Summer Term: 26 April 2021 - 25 June 2021
Term Four: 28 June 2021 - 1 October 2021

Easter Sunday: 4 April 2021

Please note that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Semester and Term dates for 2020/21 were changed by the University Senate on 17 June 2020 from those originally published. The effect of the changes is that the Semesters and Term dates for 2020/21 have been moved back one week, with the lengths of the Christmas and Easter vacations remaining unchanged. During Introductory week at the beginning of the academic year we’ll be supporting students move into University accommodation as well as completing a number of important induction and welcome activities on campus.

Please note that it was announced in January 2021 that Semester 2/Summer Term would be extended from the original finish date of Wednesday 23 June 2021, to Friday 25 June 2021. 

 

Future Academic Year Dates

Academic year  2021-22

Semester 1: 4 October 2021 - 4 February 2022
Semester 2: 7 February 2022 - 22 June 2022
Semester 3: 23 June 2022 - 30 September 2022

Autumn Term: 4 October 2021 - 17 December 2021
Spring Term: 10 January 2022 - 1 April 2022
Summer Term: 2 May 2022 - 22 June 2022
Term Four: 23 June 2022 - 30 September 2022

Easter Sunday: 17 April 2022

(Note: Because Easter Sunday is relatively late, there are 8 weeks of Semester 2 prior to the Easter vacation).

 

Academic year  2022-23

Semester 1: 3 October 2022 - 3 February 2023
Semester 2: 6 February 2023 - 21 June 2023
Semester 3: 22 June 2023 - 29 September 2023

Autumn Term: 3 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Spring Term: 9 January 2023 - 24 March 2023
Summer Term: 24 April 2023 - 21 June 2023
Term Four: 22 June 2023 - 29 September 2023

Easter Sunday: 9 April 2023

 

Academic year  2023-24

Semester 1: 2 October 2023 - 2 February 2024
Semester 2: 5 February 2024 - 19 June 2024
Semester 3: 20 June 2024 - 27 September 2024

Autumn Term: 2 October 2023 - 15 December 2023
Spring Term: 8 January 2024 - 22 March 2024
Summer Term: 22 April 2024 - 19 June 2024
Term Four: 20 June 2024 - 27 September 2024

Easter Sunday: 31 March 2024

 

Academic year  2024-25

Semester 1: 30 September 2024 - 31 January 2025
Semester 2: 3 February 2025 - 18 June 2025
Semester 3: 19 June 2025 - 26 September 2025

Autumn Term: 30 September 2024 - 13 December 2024
Spring Term: 6 January 2025 - 28 March 2025
Summer Term: 28 April 2025 - 18 June 2025
Term Four: 19 June 2025 - 26 September 2025

Easter Sunday: 20 April 2025

 

Academic year  2025-26

Semester 1: 29 September 2025 - 30 January 2026
Semester 2: 2 February 2026 - 17 June 2026
Semester 3: 18 June 2026 - 25 September 2026

Autumn Term: 29 September 2025 - 12 December 2025
Spring Term: 5 January 2026 - 27 March 2026
Summer Term: 27 April 2026 - 17 June 2026
Term Four: 18 June 2026 - 25 September 2026

Easter Sunday: 5 April 2026