University Regulations

Term & Semester Dates

Term and Semester Dates

Current and Future Years

Find terms and semester dates for the current and upcoming academic years.

Term dates 2016/17

TermStart dateEnd date
Autumn Monday 26 September 2016 Friday 16 December 2016
Spring Monday 9 January 2017 Friday 24 March 2017
Summer Monday 24 April 2017 Friday 16 June 2017

Semester dates 2016/17

SemesterStart dateEnd date
One Monday 26 September 2016 Friday 27 January 2017
Two Monday 30 January 2017 Friday 16 June 2017

Students must be in attendance at the University from the first day of each term. The dates exclude travelling time. When applying to the University check the specific arrangements for your programme, which can be found in the information you should receive from your school. Teaching requirements for all students may fall outside of term time.

Postgraduate students

The end of the academic year for postgraduate taught students is the penultimate Friday in September. All other term and semester dates are as indicated above.

We expect that full-time postgraduate research students will study throughout the whole academic year, working for at least 40 hours per week (pro rata for part-time students). Holiday can be taken as agreed with your supervisor, in line with the postgraduate research student holiday policy.

There is only one term for postgraduate research students, the start date of which coincides with the start of the academic year. However, there are multiple start dates throughout the academic year for new postgraduate research students and these are agreed on a Faculty basis.

Non-standard study periods

Some programmes offered at our branch campuses, as well as some programmes that are delivered at Newcastle, have term dates that differ from those given above. In these cases, students will be notified of term dates separately.

Exam dates

Further information on examination and resit periods is available on the Student Progress website. You are required to make yourself available for exams at all times during all three of the exam periods. You should, therefore bear the dates of these periods in mind, especially when making arrangements for vacation employment and any overseas travel. We can't accept individual requests regarding the timing of exams.

Future term and semester dates

Closure Dates

The University will be closed on the following days in the current academic year.


  • Friday 23 December 
  • Monday 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday 27 December
  • Wednesday 28 December
  • Thursday 29 December
  • Friday 30 December


  • Monday 2 January
  • Friday 14 April (Good Friday)
  • Monday 17 April (Easter Monday)
  • Monday 1 May (May Day Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 29 May (Spring Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 28 August (Late Summer Bank Holiday)