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Semester dates

Current semester dates

2023/2024

  • Semester 1
    • All students: 18 September 2023 - 2 February 2024
      (Some postgraduate welcome activities begin 11 September 2023)
  • Semester 2
    • Undergraduates: 5 February 2024 - 7 June 2024
    • Postgraduates: 5 February 2024 - 17 September 2024
  • Vacation periods
    • Winter: 18 December 2023 - 5 January 2024
    • Easter: 25 March 2024 - 5 April 2024

New students

New students (both undergraduate and taught postgraduate) normally need to arrive before the beginning of Semester 1 to take part in orientation activities.

Some courses have different start dates. Please check with your department for details.

Find out more about starting your studies at York

Postgraduates

Taught postgraduate students are required to be in attendance over the summer period.

Postgraduate research students are not ruled by the teaching term dates. However, the availability of your supervisor, plus some services and academic activities, may be reduced outside these dates.

Contact us

For enquiries about term dates, please contact your academic school or department.

Changes to academic year structure

From September 2023, the University academic year is split into two semesters. For the majority of courses this replaces our previous three-term model.

Future semester dates are provided below.

Find out more about semesters.

Future semester dates

2024/2025

  • Semester 1
    • All students: 16 September 2024 - 31 January 2025
  • Semester 2
    • Undergraduates: 3 February 2025 - 6 June 2025
    • Postgraduates: 3 February 2025 - 16 September 2025
  • Vacation periods
    • Winter: 16 December 2024 - 3 January 2025
    • Easter: 7 April 2025 - Monday 21 April 2025

2025/2026

  • Semester 1
    • All students: 15 September 2025 - 30 January 2026
  • Semester 2
    • Undergraduates: 2 February 2026 - 5 June 2026
    • Postgraduates: 2 February 2026 - 15 September 2026
  • Vacation periods
    • Winter: 15 December 2025 - 2 January 2026
    • Easter: 30 March 2026 - 10 April 2026

2026/2027

  • Semester 1
    • All students: 21 September 2026 - 5 February 2027
  • Semester 2
    • Undergraduates: 8 February 2027 - 11 June 2027
    • Postgraduates: 8 February 2027 - 21 September 2027
  • Vacation periods
    • Winter: 21 December 2026 - 8 January 2027
    • Easter: 22 March 2027 - 2 April 2027

2027/2028

  • Semester 1
    • All students: 20 September 2027 - 4 February 2028
  • Semester 2
    • Undergraduates: 7 February 2028 - 9 June 2028
    • Postgraduates: 7 February 2028 - 19 September 2028
  • Vacation periods
    • Winter: 20 December 2027 - 7 January 2028
    • Easter: 10 April 2028 - 21 April 2028 

2028/2029

  • Semester 1
    • All students: 18 September 2028 - 2 February 2029
  • Semester 2
    • Undergraduates: 5 February 2029 - 8 June 2029
    • Postgraduates: 5 February 2029 - 18 September 2029
  • Vacation periods
    • Winter: 18 December 2028 - 5 January 2029
    • Easter: 26 March 2029 - 6 April 2029

2029/2030

  • Semester 1
    • All students: 17 September 2029 - 1 February 2030
  • Semester 2
    • Undergraduates: 4 February 2030 - 7 June 2030
    • Postgraduates: 4 February 2030 - 17 September 2030
  • Vacation periods
    • Winter: 17 December 2029 - 4 January 2030
    • Easter: 8 April 2030 - Tuesday 23 April 2030

2022/2023

  • Autumn Term: 26 September 2022 - 2 December 2022
  • Spring Term: 9 January 2023 - 17 March 2023
  • Summer Term (undergraduate): 17 April 2023 - 23 June 2023

2021/2022

  • Autumn Term: 27 September 2021 - 3 December 2021
  • Spring Term: 10 January 2022 - 18 March 2022
  • Summer Term: Tuesday 19 April 2022 - 24 June 2022

2020/2021

  • Autumn Term: 28 September 2020 - 4 December 2020
  • Spring Term: 11 January 2021 - 19 March 2021
  • Summer Term (undergraduate): 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021

Postgraduate term dates for January 2021 start

  • Spring Term: 18 January 2021 - 19 March 2021
  • Summer Term: 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021
  • Autumn Term: 26 July 2021 - 21 January 2022 (with Christmas Vacation 20 December 2021 - 7 January 2022)

2019/2020

  • Autumn Term: Monday 30 September 2019 - Friday 6 December 2019
  • Spring Term: Monday 6 January 2020 - Friday 13 March 2020
  • Summer Term: Tuesday 14 April 2020 - Friday 19 June 2020

2018/2019

  • Autumn Term: 24 September 2018 - 30 November 2018
  • Spring Term: 7 January 2019 - 15 March 2019
  • Summer Term: 15 April 2019 - 21 June 2019 

2017/2018

  • Autumn Term: 25 September 2017 - 1 December 2017
  • Spring Term: 8 January 2018 - 16 March 2018
  • Summer Term: 16 April 2018 - 22 June 2018 

2016/2017

  • Autumn Term: 26 September 2016 - 2 December 2016
  • Spring Term: 9 January 2017 - 17 March 2017
  • Summer Term: Tuesday 18 April 2017 - 23 June 2017 (term begins on a Tuesday as Easter Monday falls on 17 April)

2015/2016

  • Autumn Term: 28 September 2015 - 4 December 2015
  • Spring Term: 4 January 2016 - 11 March 2016
  • Summer Term: 11 April 2016 - 17 June 2016

2014/2015

  • Autumn Term: 29 September 2014 - 5 December 2014
  • Spring Term: 5 January 2015 - 13 March 2015
  • Summer Term: 13 April 2015 - 19 June 2015

Contact us

For enquiries about term dates, please contact your academic school or department.