Academic Calendar

The academic year consists of three terms, with breaks at Christmas and New Year, and in the spring.

The Academic Year

The academic year consists of three terms. Most undergraduate programmes (degrees) consist of modules that are delivered in term 1 and term 2. Term 3 runs over the summer months, and applies only to Postgraduate Taught and the Mental Health Nursing BSc. 

Undergraduate Programmes and Modules

Undergraduate programmes (degree courses) typically consist of four stages, each taking one academic year of full-time study.

If a student commences study in part-time mode it will normally take at least two years for them to complete each stage of the programme. To complete each stage they will need to achieve 120 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credits at the appropriate level.

Undergraduate modules are generally 20 credits, although some modules, such as projects or placements, could be 40 or 60 credits to allow for greater focus and depth of study.

Our modular system is designed to give students maximum flexibility during their study with us. As well as the modules that form the core of the programme, many programmes have optional modules that allow students to tailor their programme to meet their interests or career aspirations.

Students have the opportunity to take elective modules in year 1 and year 2 on a wide range of topics outside of their main subject area. These are designed to broaden students' knowledge, deepen their understanding of the social and physical world and enhance their critical and academic skills.

Progressing through a Programme

Modules may be assessed by coursework, coursework and examinations, or occasionally by examinations only. Coursework assessments are particularly important because they allow students to find out how well they are progressing, and they count towards the final grade for the module. For most modules, all the assessment will be completed within the term in which the module is taken.

To progress to the next stage of a programme, students will be expected to have passed all the modules in their current stage, although sometimes it may be possible to carry a single 20-credit module failure into the next stage.

Reassessment for term 1 modules takes place in April, for term 2 modules in June, and for term 3 modules (where taken) in January. Where reassessment is needed for coursework, rather than an examination, it may be offered earlier.

Flexible and Part-Time Study

Our modular scheme opens up a wide range of opportunities for part-time learning. Many of our undergraduate programmes can be studied on a part-time basis during the day. The flexibility of the University’s modular scheme means students can study for as few modules as they deem appropriate (perhaps just one), depending on their aspirations.

Studying in this way involves attending classes during the day. Each module will take approximately three hours of university attendance per week (e.g. one hour of lecture time and two hours of laboratory or tutorial time). 

Term dates

Term Dates 2022-2023

Term/Week

Start Date

Finish Date

Induction week

Mon 12/09/22

Fri 16/09/22

Term 1 (Teaching weeks 1-13)

Mon 19/09/22

Fri 16/12/22

Vacation

Mon 19/12/22

Fri 06/01/23

Term 1 (Teaching weeks 14 -15)

Mon 09/01/23

Fri 20/01/23

Mid-term break

Mon 23/01/23

Fri 27/01/23

Term 2 (Teaching weeks 1-9)

Mon 30/01/23

Fri 31/03/23

Vacation

Mon 03/04/23

Fri 14/04/23

Term 2 (Teaching weeks 10-15)

Mon 17/04/23

Fri 26/05/23

*Term 3 (Teaching weeks 1 -15)

Mon 29/05/23

Fri 08/09/23

*Note: Term 3 applies to Postgraduate Taught and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing teaching.

Term Dates 2021-2022

Term

Working days

Start Date

Finish Date

Term 1
(Teaching weeks 1-13)

65 days

Mon 20/09/21

Fri 17/12/21

Vacation

15 days

Mon 20/12/21

Fri 07/01/22

Term 1
(Teaching weeks 14 -15)

10 days

Mon 10/01/22

Fri 21/01/22

Term break

5 days

Mon 24/01/22

Fri 28/01/22

Term 2
(Teaching weeks 1-9)

45 days

Mon 31/01/22

Fri 01/04/22

Vacation

10 days

Mon 04/04/22

Fri 15/04/22

Term 2
(Teaching weeks 10-15)

30 days

Mon 18/04/22

Fri 27/05/22

Vacation

0 days

   

Term 3 2021-22
(Teaching weeks 1 -15 weeks)

75 days

Mon 30/05/22

Fri 09/09/22

Note: Term 3 is for Postgraduate Taught and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing teaching.

Term Dates 2020-2021

Beginning

Wk No

Teaching Wk

Key Student Dates

Academic committees

Key Dates for Academic Staff

14/9/20

0

T1/0

Freshers’ week and registration for new students

Research Ethics Committee (1/4) 16th - COURT (1/5) 12-5pm

 

21/9/20

1

T1/1

Start of Term 1 teaching

   

28/9/20

2

T1/2

 

30th - Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (1/4) 3pm

School Academic Committee (1/4)

 

5/10/20

3

T1/3

 

Term 3 19-20 Subject Assessment Boards

8th - Academic Quality and Standards Committee (2/7)

Term 3 19-20 Programme Assessment Boards

 

12/10/20

4

T1/4

 

14th - Teaching and Learning Committee (1/4)

 

19/10/20

5

T1/5

Student Voice Forum (1/2)

 

23rd - Term 1 Internal Moderation completed.

26/10/20

6

T1/6

 

28th - SENATE (1/4) 3pm

 

2/11/20

7

T1/7

 

2nd - Honorary Awards Board (1/2) 1.30pm

School Research Ethics Committee (1/2)

 

9/11/20

8

T1/8

 

11th COURT (2/5) 12-5pm
School Academic Committees (2/4)

 

16/11/20

9

T1/9

Term 3 Resit Coursework Due - 19th Nov 2020

18th - Academic Quality and Standards Committee (3/7)

Research Ethics Committee (2/4)

20th - Term 1 External Moderation completed.

23/11/20

10

T1/10

   

Term 1 module surveys running

30/11/20

11

T1/11

 

Term 3 PAB Academic Appeals - Stage 1

2nd - Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (2/4) 3pm

 

7/12/20

12

T1/12

     

14/12/20

13

T1/13

     

21/12/20

14

V1/1

   

Buildings closed from 5pm on 22nd

28/12/20

15

V1/2

   

Buildings closed

4/1/21

16

T1/14

Resit Exam Diet for modules ending in Term 3

13th - Teaching & Learning Committee (2/4) 3pm

 

11/1/21

17

T1/15

     

18/1/21

18

V1/3

Orientation and Registration for January Starts

20th - SENATE (2/4) 3pm

Academic Quality & Standards Committee (4/7)

 

25/1/21

19

T2/1

Start of Term 2 teaching

   

1/2/21

20

T2/2

 

3rd - COURT (3/5) 12-5pm
School Academic Committee (3/4)

4th - Term 1 Assessment and Term 3 Reassessment Mark Entry Deadline.

8/2/21

21

T2/3

 

Academic Quality and Standards Committee (5/7)

Research Ethics Committee (3/4)

 

15/2/21

22

T2/4

 

Term 1 Subject Assessment Boards

 

22/2/21

23

T2/5

Student Voice Forum (2/2)

26th Teaching & Learning Committee (3/4) 10am

22nd Special Academic Quality & Standards Committee

26th - Term 2 & 3 Internal Moderation completed.

1/3/21

24

T2/6

 

Term 1 Programme Assessment Boards

3rd - Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (3/4) 3pm

 

8/3/21

25

T2/7

 

Academic Quality & Standards Committee (6/7)

 

15/3/21

26

T2/8

     

22/3/21

27

T2/9

   

26th - Term 2 & 3 External Moderation completed.

29/3/21

28

T2/10

 

31st - SENATE (3/4) 3pm

 

5/4/21

29

V2/1

Term 1 Resit Coursework Deadline - 1st April

   

12/4/21

30

V2/2

Term 1 Resit Exam Diet

Term 1 PAB Academic Appeals - Stage 1 14th - COURT (4/5) 12-5pm

 

19/4/21

31

T2/11

 

School Research Ethics Committee (2/2)

 

26/4/21

32

T2/12

     

3/5/21

33

T2/13

 

Research Ethics Committee (4/4) School Academic Committee (4/4)

 

10/5/21

34

T2/14

 

Academic Quality & Standards Committee (7/7)

 

17/5/21

35

T2/15

 

17th- Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (4/4) 3pm

 

24/5/21

36

T3/1

Start of Term 3 teaching

26th- Teaching & Learning Committee (4/4) 3pm

 

31/5/21

37

T3/2

     

7/6/21

38

T3/3

 

9th - SENATE (4/4) 3pm

11th June - Term 2 Assessment and Term 1 Reassessment mark entry deadline

14/6/21

39

T3/4

 

Term 2 Subject Assessment Boards

 

21/6/21

40

T3/5

 

23rd - COURT (5/5) 12-5pm

 

28/6/21

41

T3/6

 

Term 2 Programme Assessment Boards

 

5/7/21

42

T3/7

     

12/7/21

43

T3/8

Summer Graduation 2021 (15th & 16th)

   

19/7/21

44

T3/9

Term 2 Resit Coursework Deadline - 22nd July

   

26/7/21

45

T3/10

Term 2 Resit Exam Diet

   

2/8/21

46

T3/11

     

9/8/21

47

T3/12

 

Term 2 PAB Academic Appeals - Stage 1

 

16/8/21

48

T3/13

   

20th August - Term 2 Reassessment mark entry deadline

23/8/21

49

T3/14

 

Term 2 Reassessment Subject Assessment Boards

 

30/8/21

50

T3/15

 

Term 2 Reassessment Programme Assessment Boards

 

NB: Term 3 Resit Coursework Deadline will be in AY 2021/22: Term 1 Teaching Week 9 Term 3 Exam Resits will be in AY 2021/22: Term 1 Teaching Week 10

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