Key datesAcademic session 2020-21

Please see below for key dates for Academic Year 2020-21. To access key dates for future academic years, please follow the links on the right-hand side of this page.

Please note: Teaching Block dates primarily relate to the academic year structure for undergraduate students.  Postgraduate Taught programmes may have alternative start dates – Please check with your Department or School for further details.

Semester 1

14 September 2020 - 10 January 2021

EventDatesAcademic year structure*
Term 1 14 September 2020 - 18 December 2020 (14 weeks)
  • Welcome and development week (1 week)
  • Teaching block 1 (11 weeks)
  • Formal assessment period (2 weeks)
University closed 28 September 2020
Student holiday: Winter vacation 21 December 2020 - 10 January 2021 (inclusive) Winter vacation (3 weeks)
University closed 24 December 2020 - 4 January 2021 (inclusive)

Semester 2

11 January 2021 - 23 May 2021

EventDatesAcademic year structure*
Term 2 11 January 2021 - 1 April 2021 
(12 weeks)
  • Consolidation and Development Week (1 week)
  • Teaching Block 2 (11 weeks)
University closed 2 April 2021 and 5 April 2021 (inclusive)
Student holiday: spring vacation 5 April 2021 – 18 April 2021 (inclusive) Sinter vacation (2 weeks)
Term 3 19 April 2021 – 21 May 2021
(5 weeks)
Formal Assessment Period (5 weeks)

University closed

3 May 2021 and 31 May 2021
Student holiday: summer vacation 24 May 2021 - 12 September 2021 (inclusive) Summer vacation (16 weeks)
University closed 16 July 2021 and 19 July 2021 (inclusive)

Please note: this information may be subject to change.

*This represents the University’s academic year structure as outlined in the Policy on the Academic Year and Teaching Calendar. Senate has overall responsibility for determining the shape of the academic year.


Students who are Tier 4/Student visa holders are entitled to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during official University vacations in line with the parameters of a Tier 4/Student visa. Please note that for these purposes, the summer vacation runs from the end of semester 2 to the beginning of semester 1 in the following academic year.

Undergraduate Tier 4/Student visa holders are therefore entitled to work full time during the Christmas, spring and summer University vacations.

Postgraduate Masters Tier 4/Student visa holders are not on vacation from their course during the summer University vacation and therefore, within the restrictions of the Tier 4/Student visa, are not entitled to work more than 20 hours per week during this period, but are entitled to work full time during Christmas and spring University vacations.

MRes, MPhil and PhD Tier 4/Student visa holders undertaking research are not regarded as being on vacation from their course of study during the spring and summer University vacations and therefore are not entitled to work more than 20 hours per week during this period. The may work full-time in line with University Christmas closure.

All Tier 4/Student visa holders, however, can work full-time for up to 4 months after the official end date of their course - when they are marked on PEGASUS as 'completed' - until their visa expires.

The University of Strathclyde is obligated by its UKVI Sponsor Licence to report to them if we become aware of any breaches of these conditions.  This could result in the cancellation of your visa and a potential ban on future visa applications.

If you require further information on working conditions for Tier 4/Student visa holders, please contact the International Student Support Team at

Students who have a Tier 4 or Student visa will have work conditions attached to their visa; please visit our Working During Studies page to see what this means for you.