Semester dates

Please note that the semester dates below relate to the general teaching and examination periods at the University.

The Royal Agricultural University is similar to the majority of other British universities and operates its academic delivery via semesters. Programmes are taught across two semesters. For most students, your course will be taught and assessed in each semester with an examination period towards the end of each semester.

The semester dates are shown below.

Current year 2020 - 2021

  • New student registration and induction (September starters): 14 - 18 September 2020
  • New student registration and induction (January starters): 11 - 15 January 2021
SemesterStartEndLength
121 September 202011 December 202012 weeks
Christmas14 December 20201 January 20213 weeks
1 continued4 January 202115 January 20212 weeks
218 January 202119 March 20219 weeks
Easter22 March 202116 April 20214 weeks
2 continued19 April 202121 May 20215 weeks
 
 

 

Academic year dates for Catalyst MSc and MBA programmes 2020 - 2021

Semester 1

 

 

w/c  14/9/2020

Programme induction

Welcome and set up - registration, access to on-line resources secured, introductory seminars, etc. Remotely.         
21/9/2020- 2/10/2020

Orientation (distance learning)

Courses open on line and students do the preparation tasks for the residential block

5-9/10/2020

12-16/10/2020

Residential block – week 1

Residential block - week 2

*Accommodation opens - Sunday 4 October 2020

**Students depart Saturday 17 October 2020

19/10/2020- 18/12/2020

Distance learning

Virtual teaching weeks V1-V9
20/12/2020-1/1/2021University closed - Christmas holidays
4-8/1/2021

Distance learning

Virtual teaching week V10

12, 14, 19, 21 January 2021

Assessment submissions

*All dates to be confirmed
Semester 225-29/1/2021Programme induction for NEW ENTRANTS only
1-12/2/2021Orientation (distance learning)

15-19/2/2021

22-26/2/2021

Residential block – week 1

Residential block - week 2

*Accommodation opens - Sunday 14 February 2021

**Students depart Saturday 27 February 2021
1/3/2021-3/4/2021

Distance learning

Virtual teaching weeks V1-V5

5-18/4/2021University is closed - Easter holidays
19/4/2021- 21/5/2021

Distance Learning

Virtual teaching weeks V6-V10
25 & 27 May, 1 & 3 June 2021

Assessment submissions

*All dates to be confirmed
14/6/2021-1/9/2021Students working on dissertation or professional product
Thursday 2 September 2021Dissertation submission