Key datesAcademic session 2018-19

Semester 1 10 September 2018 - 4 January 2019
Semester 2 7 January 2019 - 17 May 2019


Term 1 10 September 2018 - 14 December 2018 (14 weeks)
Term 2 7 January 2019 - 29 March 2019 (12 weeks)
Term 3 15 April 2019 - 17 May 2019 (5 weeks)

The following are the official term dates for use by SAAS and others who fund students by term rather than semester:

Student Holidays
Christmas Vacation: 15 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
Spring Vacation:  1 April 2019 - 12 April 2019

University Closed
24 September 2018
22 December 2018 - 2 January 2019
19 April and 22 April 2019
6 and 27 May 2019
12, 15  July 2019

These dates are correct at the time of editing.

Academic Year Structure
Senate has overall responsibility for determining the shape of the academic year. The University’s academic year structure was approved by Senate in November 2015, the current structure being implemented from academic year 2016/17.

Welcome and Development Week1 week
Teaching block 1 11 weeks 
Formal Assessment Period2 weeks
Christmas vacation3 weeks
Consolidation and Development week1 week
Teaching block 211 weeks
Spring vacation2 weeks
Formal Assessment period5 weeks
Summer vacation 16 weeks 

Registration Information and Dates can be found on the Registration web page.

Graduation Information and Dates can be found on the Graduation web page.

Exam Information and Dates can be found on the Examinations web page.

Additional Information for Tier 4 Visa Students
Students who are Tier 4 visa holders are entitled to work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and full time during University vacations in line with the parameters of a Tier 4 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 students are therefore entitled to work full time during the Christmas, spring and summer University vacations.

Postgraduate Masters Tier 4 students are not on vacation from their course during the summer University vacation and therefore, within the restrictions of the Tier 4 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 students 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.

All Tier 4 students, however, can work full-time for up to 4 months after the official end date of their course (as indicated on PEGASUS as 'completed') until their visa expires.

If you require further information on working conditions for Tier 4 students, please contact the International Student Support Team at, on 0141 548 4273 or at their office at MC1.41 (Advice Centre), Level 1 McCance Building.