Queen’s University Belfast Holidays

Queen’s University Belfast Holidays

Holidays and key dates

Holidays for 2017

 St Patrick’s Day: Friday 17 March
 Easter: Friday 14 April – Friday 21 April (inclusive)
 May Day: Monday 1 May
July Holidays: Wednesday 12 July and Thursday 13 July
Christmas/ New Year: Friday 22 December – Tuesday 2 January 2018 (inclusive)

Holidays for 2018

 St Patrick’s Day: Monday 19 March
 Easter: Friday 30 March – Friday 6 April (inclusive)
 May Day: Monday 7 May
July Holidays: Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July
Christmas/ New Year: Monday 24 December – Wednesday 2 January 2019 (inclusive)

About Queen’s

Semester dates

Semester dates are approved three years in advance by Academic Council but may be subject to change for operational reasons.

New students are expected to be available for Welcome Week each year. All students are expected to be available for all teaching during the academic year and the full examination period and should note the dates of supplementary examinations each summer.

Please note – Due to the nature of the course, some courses have additional teaching/placements/ professional practice requirements which fall outside of the normal semester dates. Students are advised to check with their School to confirm any additional attendance requirements outside of these dates.

Please note that, with the initial implementation of the new academic year structure, new assessment structures will be in operation for all Level 1 undergraduate students from September 2016.  Therefore, prospective students should be aware that the assessment period in Weeks 13-15 of the Autumn Semester will be replaced, in 2016-17 for Level 1 undergraduate students only, by a timetabled student development programme to facilitate a range of developmental opportunities for students, unless otherwise noted by your programme.

Autumn Semester

Welcome Week Including registration and enrolment Monday 19 September – Friday 23 September 2016
Weeks 1-12 Teaching Monday 26 September – Friday 16 December 2016
3 weeks Vacation Monday 19 December 2016 – Friday 6 January 2017
Weeks 13-15 Assessment Monday 9 January – Tuesday 24 January 2017
Inter-semester break Wednesday 25 January – Friday 27 January 2017
Deadline for return of examination results Tuesday 7 February 2017


 Spring Semester

Weeks 1-10 Teaching Monday 30 January – Friday 7 April 2017
3 weeks Vacation Monday 10 April – Friday 28 April 2017
Weeks 11-12 Teaching Monday 1 May – Friday 12 May 2017
Weeks 13-15 Revision Monday 15 May – Wednesday 17 May 2017
Assessment Thursday 18 May – Saturday 3 June 2017
Deadline for return of examination results Monday 19 June 2017

Rag Day: 15 February 2017
Reading Day: 15 and 16 March 2017
Good Friday: 14 April 2017
Summer Graduation week: Thursday 29 June – Wednesday 5 July 2017
August re-sit examinations: Monday 7 August – Saturday 19 August 2017
Deadline for return of examination results: Tuesday 29 August 2017


Please note that full implementation of the new academic year structure will be introduced in 2017-18 across all levels of study.  The approved semester dates for 2017-20 within this new structure can be found below: