Term dates

Term dates

The academic year at SOAS consists of three terms, the first two roughly 11 weeks long and the third usually eight weeks in length. The autumn and spring terms include a reading week

Dates 2024/25Reading week
Term 123 Sep 2024 - 13 Dec 20244 Nov - 8 Nov
Term 26 Jan 2025 - 21 Mar 202510 Feb - 14 Feb
Term 321 Apr 2025 - 13 Jun 2025 
Term 4*30 Jun 2025 - 5 Sep 2025 

*Term 4 only applies to PGT and PGR students

Please note that these approved term dates are accurate at the time of publishing but can be subject to alteration.

Closed days

1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day (Bank Holiday)
28 MarchClosure Day
29 MarchGood Friday (Bank Holiday)
1 AprilEaster Monday (Bank Holiday)
6 MayEarly Spring Bank Holiday (Bank Holiday)
27 MaySpring Bank Holiday (Bank Holiday)
26 AugustSummer Bank Holiday (Bank Holiday)
25 DecemberChristmas Day (Bank Holiday)
26 DecemberBoxing Day (Bank Holiday)

Postgraduate dates

Postgraduate taught students

Masters students are expected to work on their dissertation throughout the summer – for these students, this period between the end of Term 3 and the programme end date is not classed as a vacation.

For Masters students, only the Christmas and Easter breaks are vacations.

Postgraduate research students

Taught course term dates do not apply to SOAS research programmes. SOAS research degrees are year-long programmes with the enrolment running from the first day of the academic session until the day preceding the first day of the next academic session (September to September).

Students who wish to take a break during the academic year should contact the Doctoral School for more information about requesting annual leave.