Key dates 2017-18

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Semester 1 11 September 2017 - 5 January 2018
Semester 2 8 January 2018 - 18 May 2018


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

Term 1 11 September 2017 - 15 December 2017 (14 weeks)
Term 2 8 January 2018 - 30 March 2018 (12 weeks)
Term 3 16 April 2018 - 18 May 2018 (5 weeks)


Student Holidays
Christmas Vacation: 18 December 2017 - 7 January 2018
Spring Vacation:  2 April 2018 - 15 April 2018

University Closed
25 September 2017
23 December 2017 - 3 January 2018
30 March and 2 April 2018
7, 28 May 2018
13, 16  July 2018

These dates are correct at the time of editing.  The Calendar of Dates 2017/18 is now available.

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 Week

1 week

Teaching block 1

11 weeks

Formal Assessment Period

2 weeks

Christmas vacation

3 weeks

Consolidation and Development week

1 week

Teaching block 2

11 weeks

Spring vacation

2 weeks

Formal Assessment period

5 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 by email; on 0141 548 4273 or at their office at MC1.41, Level 1 McCance Building.