University Advice

Welcome to our University Advice section. We have prepared the information here to help students understand the vast options of studying home or abroad at higher education level. Most of the topics are written as Questions and Answers and if there is a question that you have that we do not provide an answer for, get in touch we would love to hear from you and help further.

When is the best time to apply to university?

Undergraduate courses

Applications for undergraduate studies are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) a year before the start of the course. Applicants can apply up to six institutions on the UCAS application form. The opening date for receiving applications is 1 September (12 months before start of the course) and the advisory closing date is 15 January (9 months before the start date). UCAS can accept late applications by 30 June. There is a fee of £15 for all applications. Most undergraduate courses in UK start in late September.

However, if you are interested in applying to Oxford, Cambridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science or veterinary medicine must apply by October 15.

Students applying for Art and Design also have to follow a different route.

For further information use our Guide to filling in your UCAS application.

Postgraduate courses

Applications for postgraduate courses are generally made direct to the university or faculty.For further information please use our Applications Guide.

 International students

International students can also normally apply for undergraduate studies directly to the universities of their choice.

Applications from international and UK/EU for postgraduate courses from UK and EU are made direct to the universities of your choice and you should start doing your search for the institutions and courses well in advance – preferably 9 to 12 months before the start date of the course. Most courses in the UK start in late September or early October and some universities also offer January and April starts for postgraduate courses. Most universities prefer to receive applications by April, but late applications are normally considered.

For further information please use our Guide for International Students applying to UK universities.

All enquiries

All institutions and courses listed on have an Enquiry tab that allows students to request further information. We advise that you shortlist the courses and institutions that you are most interested in and Enquire for more information to be sent to you to make a well informed decision.

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