Key dates

From term times to graduation, here are the key dates to note in your diary during The University of Manchester’s academic year.

2020/21 academic year

The three tables below show the key dates for:

New undergraduate and foundation year students
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 11 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 18-29 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Returning undergraduate students
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 11 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 1829 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Postgraduate taught students (new and returning)
Semester 1 teaching starts 26 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 4 January 2021
Semester 1 teaching continues 422 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 25 January5 February 2021
Semester 1 ends 5 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021

Full table of 2020/21 academic year dates

New undergraduate and foundation year students
University welcome week and induction programme 21 September 2020
School and programme induction activities 28 September 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 10 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 18-29 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Returning undergraduate students
Welcome back week with School and programme level introductions 28 September 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 10 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 1829 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Postgraduate taught students (new and returning)
University welcome and induction programme 5 and 12 October 2020
School and programme induction activities 19 October 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 26 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 3 January 2021
Semester 1 teaching continues 422 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 25 January5 February 2021
Semester 1 ends 5 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021

2021/22 academic year

The two tables below show the key dates for:

New undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Semester 1 assessment and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January–6 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessment and exams 23 May12 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022
Returning students
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Semester 1 assessment and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January7 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessment and exams 23 May12 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022

Full table of 2021/22 academic year dates

New undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
Online induction 13 September 2021
University and programme induction 20 September 2021
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Self-directed study/assessment preparation – non-teaching period 316 January 2022
Semester 1 assessments and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January7 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Prep for study/fieldwork/project – non-teaching period 4 April 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessments and exams 23 May10 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022
Returning students
Welcome back and induction 20 September 2021
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Self-directed study/assessment preparation – non-teaching period 317 January 2022
Semester 1 assessments and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January7 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Prep for study/fieldwork/project – non-teaching period 4 April 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessments and exams 23 May10 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022