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1.4 Academic Year (16/17)

The academic year is divided into two semesters each consisting of 12 weeks of teaching followed by a revision and examination period.

The dates for the academic year 2016/2017

First Semester:

Registration Week: 19th September 2016 - 23rd September 2016

Teaching commences: 26th September 2016

Independent Study Week: 31st October 2016 - 4th November 2016

Vacation: 16th December 2016 - 16th January 2017

Exam period: 16th January 2017 - 27th January 2017

Second Semester:

Teaching commences: 30th January 2017

Vacation: 31th march 2017 - 24st April 2017

Teaching recommences 24th April 2017

Exam period: 18th May 2017 - 7th June 2017

Semester ends: 9th June 2017

Re-examinations: 21st August 2017 - 1st September 2017

Registration Week 2017/18: 18th September 2017 - 22nd September 2017


Only year 1 to 3 have Independent Study Week. This week is not a holiday and your presence in Manchester is required. There are sessions during Independent Study Week at which attendance is compulsory, and assessments take place.

Third and fourth year borderline graduating or progressing students may have interviews with the External Examiner shortly after the end of the 2nd Semester, see Section 8.1. The dates for the interviews will be in June and will be published on Blackboard when available.