Graduate students operate on the basis of the Academic Year which extends beyond the end of the Easter Term.

The Academic Year commences on 1 October and finishes on 30 September each year.


Year Full Michaelmas Term Full Lent Term Easter day Full Easter Term
2018-19 Tue 2 Oct - Fri 30 Nov Tue 15 Jan - Fri 15 Mar 21 Apr Tue 23 April - Fri 14 Jun
2019-20 Tues 8 Oct - Fri 6 Dec Tue 14 Jan - Fri 13 Mar 12 Apr Tue 21 April - Fri 12 Jun
2020-21 Tues 6 Oct - Fri 4 Dec Tues 19 Jan - Fri 19 Mar 4 Apr Tue 27 Apr - Fri 18 Jun
2021-22 Tues 5 Oct - Fri 3 Dec Tues 18 Jan - Fri 18 Mar 17 Apr Tue 26 Apr - Fri 17 Jun


Dates for General Admission (the degree ceremony mainly for undergraduate awards) and other degree ceremonies are listed separately. Graduands should check with their College's Praelector to find on which of the dates their College will be represented.



Division of Term is half-way through Term (not Full Term). The dates are the same for every year except for Easter Term: 9 November, 13 February, and 14 May or 21 May depending on whether Easter Term starts on 10 April or 17 April.

From the Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge

  • The Michaelmas Term shall begin on 1 October and shall consist of eighty days, ending on 19 December. The Lent Term shall begin on 5 January and shall consist of eighty days, ending on 25 March or in any leap year on 24 March. The Easter Term shall begin on 10 April and shall consist of seventy days ending on 18 June, provided that in any year in which full Easter Term begins on or after 22 April the Easter Term shall begin on 17 April and end on 25 June.
  • Full Term shall consist of three-fourths of the whole term reckoned from the first day of Full Term as hereinafter determined.

Statutes and Ordinances 2018, Chapter 2, Section?10