Postgraduate course start dates

Start dates for our postgraduate courses:

  • 1 February 2021
  • 27 September 2021
  • 24 January 2022

Not all courses will be available to start on these dates so please check our course list to see when you can start your postgraduate degree course.

Note: there are three courses with pre-existing August start dates.

If you still have questions after reading this page, you can chat to us

Your learning and teaching experience

Courses starting in February 2021 teaching will follow a blended learning approach in the first semester. This will be a combination of online learning and where we can, face-to-face teaching. Find out more about how you'll be taught.

Don't worry if you're not able to arrive on campus immediately to start your course, as you can begin online at home. Please let the University know on the Student Portal after you complete the online enrolment process. Please contact your Faculty if you have any specific queries about teaching delivery on your course.

We will be closely monitoring Scottish Government Health and Safety guidance and will update offer holders of any change to the delivery of teaching plans.

1 February 2021 start information

Postgraduate teaching calendar for students starting on 1 February 2021
Column one describes information about arrivals, column two lists important dates

Arrival on campus

Students staying in University-managed accommodation will be allocated an arrival date and time for moving into their accommodation.

Please note that EU/EEA and Swiss students staying in University-managed accommodation can arrive before 31 December 2020. EU/EEA and Swiss students, and their family members, are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. If you arrive after the 31 December 2020 you will need apply for a student visa through the new Student route.

30 January 2021

Arrival on campus with quarantine period

Students travelling from outside the UK may need to quarantine for 10 days when entering the UK. If you are living in University-managed accommodation, your quarantine will be free if you arrive two weeks before the course start date. See our travel advice page for more

Teaching starts 1 February 2021

Last date for late starts to arrive on campus

You should plan to arrive to start your course on time, but we appreciate that visa delays and other factors may cause a late arrival. The final deadline for late arrival is 8 February 2021. It's really important that you let us know if you will be arriving late.

8 February 2021
Course end date (if studying a one year Masters degree) 1 February 2022

How to defer your course

If you have an offer to start a course in February 2021 and would prefer to defer to a September 2021 or January 2022 start date and have not already contacted us requesting a deferral, you can send us an e-mail to You can also do this on our applicant portal. Log onto the portal where you will find guidelines on how to defer your offer.

Live chat support for applicants and offer holders

Chat to us if you have questions about teaching, safety, accommodation or start date changes. Offer holders can find us on the portal, 10-12 pm (BST) and 2-4 pm (BST), Monday to Friday.