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.

Explore the important dates for your academic year at UEA. 



Welcome Week

18 September 2023 to 22 September 2023

Autumn Semester

25 September 2023 to 15 December 2023

Christmas break

16 December 2023 to 14 January 2024

Autumn Semester Assessment Period

15 January 2024 to 26 January 2024

Spring Semester (Weeks 1 – 8)

29 January 2024 to 22 March 2024

Spring break

23 March 2024 to 21 April 2024

Spring Semester continues (Weeks 9 – 12)

22 April 2024 to 17 May 2024

Study Plus and Assessment period

20 May 2024 to 14 June 2024


15 July 2024 to 26 July 2024 (dates tbc)

Future Semester Dates

See dates for future semesters

Accommodation key dates

See dates for accommodation