The main semester dates for the current academic year are listed below. 

Postgraduate research students

Are expected to be in attendance throughout the year, in person except where learning at a distance has been specifically approved by a Research Student concession. 

Apart from up to eight weeks holiday (including public holidays and closure days at UEA or the Institute at which the student is based) each academic year (pro-rata for part years) as approved by their supervisor. 

For the avoidance of doubt, the academic year is assumed to run from 1 October to 30 September. Annual leave cannot be carried forward into the next leave year nor does it extend the period of study or registration.

Trainees registered on accredited professional doctorate programmes do not follow the standard annual leave arrangements and will find their leave entitlement detailed within the programme handbooks.

Postgraduate taught students

Are expected to be in attendance during the standard semester dates and during the dissertation element until the end of their course.

They may also be required to undertake University assessments outside semester during the Christmas and Easter vacations.


Welcome Week 

19 September 2022 to 23 September 2022 

Autumn Semester

26 September 2022 to 16 December 2022

Christmas break 

17 December 2022 to 15 January 2023 

Autumn Semester Assessment Period

16 January 2023 to 27 January 2023 

Spring Semester (weeks 1 – 8)       

30 January 2023 to 24 March 2023

Spring break 

25 March 2023 to 23 April 2023

Spring Semester continues  (weeks 9 – 12)     

24 April 2023 to 19 May 2023

Study Plus and Assessment period        

22 May 2023 to 16 June 2023


17 July 2023 to 28 July 2023 (dates tbc) 

Future Semester Dates 

See dates for future semesters