Skip to main content

Term and Semester Dates

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

Current year

Term dates 2023/24

TermStart dateEnd date
Autumn Monday 18 September 2023  Friday 15 December 2023 
Spring Monday 8 January 2024  Friday 22 March 2024
Summer Monday 22 April 2024 Friday 7 June 2024

Semester dates 2023/24

SemesterStart dateEnd date
One Monday 18 September 2023 Friday 26 January 2024
Two Monday 29 January 2024 Friday 7 June 2024
Three Monday 10 June 2024 Friday 13 September 2024

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.

Closure dates

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


  • Friday 29 March (Good Friday)
  • Monday 1 April (Easter Monday)
  • Monday 6 May (Early May Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 27 May (Spring Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 26 August (Summer Bank Holiday)
  • Tuesday 24 December (University Closure Day)
  • Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day)
  • Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Friday 27 December (University Closure Day)
  • Monday 30 December (University Closure Day)
  • Tuesday 31 December (University Closure Day)


  • Wednesday 1 January (New Years day Public Holiday) The University reopens Thursday 2nd January.
  • Friday 18 April (Good Friday)
  • Monday 21 April (Easter Monday)
  • Monday 5 May (Early May Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 26 May (Spring Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 25 August (Summer Bank Holiday)
  • Thursday 25 December (Christmas Day)
  • Friday 26 December (Boxing Day)

Future years