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

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.

Postgraduate research students

Are expected to be in attendance throughout the year, 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 professional doctorate programmes, for example, ClinPsyD and EdPsyD, will find their leave entitlement detailed within the programme Handbooks.


Autumn semester 

Welcome Week - 21 September 2020 to 25 September 2020 

28 September 2020 to 18 December 2020


Christmas break 

19 December 2020 to 17 January 2021


Autumn Semester Assessment Period

18 January 2021 to 29 January 2021


Spring semester 

1 February 2021 to 26 March 2021


Easter break 

27 March 2021 to 25 April 2021


Spring semester continues 

26 April 2021 to 21 May 2021


Study Plus Week

24 May 2021 to 28 May 2021


Assessment period

1 June  2021 to 18 June 2021


Reassessment period




12 July 2021 to 23 July 2021 - Dates TBC

Future Semester Dates 

See dates for future semesters