Academic calendar

Semester dates for our UK campuses are listed here and you can find dates for enrolment, teaching, holidays, examination and graduation.

Please note the campus holidays or 'buildings closed' days for each campus.

2020-21 Academic Year

Session dates for the 2020/21 academic year

2020/21 Academic Year
Dates Activity
7-11 September 2020 Welcome Week
14 September – 4 December 2020 Semester 1 teaching
7–18 December 2020 Semester 1 exams
21 December 2019 – 8 January 2021 Semester 1 break
11 January – 2 April 2021 Semester 2 teaching
5–23 April 2021
(Easter: 4 April 2021)
Semester 2 break
26 April – 21 May 2021 Semester 2 exams

18 June 2021 Scottish Borders Campus (to be confirmed)

Graduations
22–25 June 2021 Edinburgh Campus (to be confirmed) Graduations
5–13 August 2021 (to be confirmed) Resit exams
16-17 November 2021 (to be confirmed) Graduations

UK campus holidays 2020/21

The University buildings – except for student halls of residences – will be closed on:

  • 23 December 2020 (except Borders campus*)
  • 24 December 2020
  • 25 December 2020
  • 28 December 2020
  • 29 December 2020
  • 30 December 2020
  • 31 December 2020
  • 1 January 2021
  • 4 January 2021
  • 2 April 2021 (Good Friday)
  • 5 April 2021 (Easter Monday)

*Borders campus has an additional day and a half for Gala Day

2021-22 Academic Year

Session dates for the 2021/22 academic year

2021/22 Academic Year
Dates Activity
6-10 September 2021 Welcome Week
13 September – 3 December 2021 Semester 1 teaching
7–18 December 2021 Semester 1 exams
21 December 2021 – 8 January 2022 Semester 1 break
10 January 2022 – 1 April 2022 Semester 2 teaching
4–22 April 2022
(Easter: 17 April 2022)
Semester 2 break
25 April – 20 May 2022 Semester 2 exams

17 June 2022 Scottish Borders Campus (to be confirmed)

Graduations
21–24 June 2022 Edinburgh Campus (to be confirmed) Graduations
4–12 August 2022 (to be confirmed) Resit exams
15-16 November 2022 (to be confirmed) Graduations

UK campus holidays 2021/22

The University buildings – except for student halls of residences – will be closed on:

  • 24 December 2021 (except Borders campus*)
  • 27 December 2021
  • 28 December 2021
  • 29 December 2021
  • 30 December 2020
  • 31 December 2021
  • 3 January 2022
  • 4 January 2022
  • 15 April 2022 (Good Friday)
  • 18 April 2022 (Easter Monday)

*Borders campus has an additional day and a half for Gala Day

 

Postgraduate taught courses with non-standard academic years

The semester dates for postgraduate taught courses with January start dates diverge from the standard University academic year structure. If you are unsure about the semester dates for your degree please check with PGadmissions@hw.ac.uk.

Dubai and Malaysia Campuses

See also the semester dates for our Dubai and Malaysia Campuses

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