The academic year is made up of two semesters - plus a summer semester for postgraduate taught students.

Exceptions: Some courses are structured differently, typically those which include professional placements - check with your department or school.

What is a semester?

You study three 20-credit modules each semester. The idea is that you begin, complete and are assessed on your teaching and learning within each semester. Each semester consists of:

  • One week for induction
  • 11 weeks of teaching
  • Four weeks for revision and assessment

Semesters guide

Download our semesters poster to plan your teaching, assessment and vacation weeks:

University of York semesters 2023/24 (PDF , 23kb)

University of York semesters 2024/25 (PDF , 30kb)

Semester dates 2024/25

Date Week
9 Sep Postgraduate welcome activities begin
16 Sep Freshers week
23 Sep Teaching week 1
30 Sep Teaching week 2
7 Oct Teaching week 3
14 Oct Teaching week 4
21 Oct Teaching week 5
28 Oct Consolidation week*
4 Nov Teaching week 6
11 Nov Teaching week 7
18 Nov Teaching week 8
25 Nov Teaching week 9
2 Dec Teaching week 10
9 Dec Teaching week 11
16 Dec Vacation*
23 Dec Vacation*
30 Dec Vacation*
6 Jan Revision week*
13 Jan Revision and assessment
20 Jan Revision and assessment
27 Jan Revision and assessment

*Attendance on campus is not compulsory these weeks

Date Week
3 Feb Refreshers week
10 Feb Teaching week 1
17 Feb Teaching week 2
24 Feb Teaching week 3
3 Mar Teaching week 4
10 Mar Teaching week 5
17 Mar Teaching week 6
24 Mar Teaching week 7
31 Mar Teaching week 8
7 Apr Vacation*
14 Apr Vacation*
21 Apr Teaching week 9
28 Apr Teaching week 10
5 May Teaching week 11
12 May Revision week*
19 May Revision and assessment
26 May Revision and assessment
2 Jun Revision and assessment

*Attendance on campus is not compulsory these weeks


You will be expected to be on campus for the 11 Teaching and Learning Weeks each semester and also whilst you are undertaking assessments. It is also highly recommended you attend during Freshers/Refreshers weeks as these contain key orientation events for all students.

You aren’t required to be on campus for the consolidation, vacation or revision weeks but University resources will continue to be available throughout the year. 

Taught postgraduate students also have a summer semester and are required to attend over the summer period.

Semester dates