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In order to assist both international students and potential employers, the University has published the following vacation dates for the current academic year.  The following vacation dates are based upon the University's officially published Term Dates.  Should there be a discrepency the officially published Term Dates will take precedence

Vacation dates

Undergraduate Programmes

For students on full-time programmes of study leading to the award of International Foundation Year or Bachelors Degree (BA, BSc, BA (QTS) and LLB).

  • Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020
  • Saturday 21 March 2020 to Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Saturday 4 July 2020 to Sunday 20 September 2020
  • Saturday 19 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021
  • Saturday 3 April 2021 to Sunday 18 April 2021
  • Saturday 12 June 2021 to Sunday 19 September 2021

Postgraduate Programmes

For students on full-time programmes of study leading to the award of Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MBA, LLM and MTh) or full-time Research Degrees (MPhil and PhD).

  • Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020
  • Saturday 28 March 2020 to Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Saturday 15 August 2020 to Sunday 30 August 2020
  • Saturday 19 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021
  • Saturday 27 March 2021 to Sunday 11 April 2021
  • Saturday 14 August 2021 to Sunday 29 August 2021

All dates are inclusive.

View Term Dates

Guidance Notes

Under the UKVI rules students studying in the United Kingdom on a UKVI Student Route (Tier 4) Visa, are restricted to specified working hours during the term-time as specified in the individual student’s visa contained in the passport.  Usually 20 hours per week, being the seven day period from Monday to Sunday, for BachelorsMasters and Research Degrees and 10 hours per week (Monday to Sunday) for the Foundation programmes

However, during vacation periods, as detailed above, UKVI Student Route (Tier 4) students may be employed on a full-time basis but this work is restricted.  Tier 4 students seeking employment must not:

  • be employed as a doctor in training;
  • be employed as a professional sportsperson (including a sports coach);
  • be employed as an entertainer;
  • be self-employed;
  • engage in business activity; or
  • fill a full-time, permanent vacancy

Migrant students entering the UK with a student visitor visa or Short-term Study Visa may not take paid or unpaid employment.

Potential employers are strongly advised to check both the restrictions detailed in an individual student’s UKVI Student Route (Tier 4) visa, and seek guidance from the UKVI directly or via the UKVI website at: https://www.gov.uk/check-job-applicant-right-to-work regarding a migrant student’s legal right to work.  Employers are also advised to undertake a Right to Work check or use the Employer Checking Service available through UKVI.

Both Employers and migrant students are reminded that for the purposes of employment or working the UKVI define a 'week' as the seven day period commencing on a Monday and ending on the following Sunday.