Make sure you're ready to apply
The following sections will guide you through the application process.
You should also read our entry requirements and policies sections before you apply.
If you have no clear career plans you may be reassured by the fact that more than a third of jobs for graduates are open to graduates of any discipline. Whatever you are studying, The University of Nottingham will help you develop:
- a critical approach to knowledge
- the capacity for independent study
- an awareness of research
- the skills and attributes to be successful in employment
As a result, University of Nottingham graduates are consistently among the most popular with employers, across all subjects. With this in mind, perhaps the best starting point is to choose a subject you are really interested in. This will help you to stay motivated throughout your course.
Some degree courses – like medicine, physiotherapy, architecture and pharmacy – are determined by your choice of career. These courses provide a significant part of the training needed for these professions.
Our tips for choosing your degree
- Be realistic and think through all your options carefully
- Contact admissions tutors to talk through your options before you submit your UCAS application – they can offer invaluable help and advice
If you’re applying for admission to a full-time first degree course (even if you already hold a degree), you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information about applying is available on the UCAS website, or from your school or college or local careers centre.
Completing your UCAS application
Please ensure that all sections of the UCAS application form are completed and that all the information (and in particular details of past and future qualifications) is correct. Failure to do so may result in delayed decisions or offers being rescinded.
Your UCAS application will ask you for a campus code. You will only need to complete this if your course is available at more than one campus (nursing, for example).
Making your UCAS application stand out
The following things will help you make your UCAS form stand out.
- Academic ability and potential as shown by GCSE (or equivalent) results and predicted or achieved examination grades
- Strong reasons for choosing the course at Nottingham and motivation to study a particular discipline
- Related work or voluntary experience showing commitment to a chosen career (particularly important for courses with a vocational slant)
- Extracurricular activities, achievements and interests
Your personal statement is your opportunity to make yourself stand out from the crowd. We want to know what interests you about your chosen course and what you hope to gain from it. Think about what it is about the subject which interests you – refer to topics you have already studied and also to your wider interests in the area. It is also worth reflecting on any reading that you have done on the subject, work experience and any extracurricular activities that you do.
If your personal statement is based on a different course to the one you are applying for we may ask you to send in an additional personal statement.
Further guidance on completing your personal statement can be found in the Entry Profiles on the UCAS website.
Your reference should be written by someone within your most recent educational institution. If you are studying on a one-year post A level course (such as a Foundation Year) your reference should be completed by this institution rather than the school/college in which you took your A levels.
If you are unable to provide a reference from your current institution, contact details should be provided so that they can be contacted regarding your current progress.
If you have been out of education for some time a reference from your work or relevant work experience may be acceptable. See also The role of the school reference.
To ensure equal consideration for your course, your application should reach UCAS between 1 September and 15 January (see below for different deadlines for medicine and veterinary medicine courses) for entry in the following September. When writing to the University about your application, always state your name and address (as given on your application form) your UCAS personal ID number and the code and name of the course for which you are applying.
The final deadline for home/EU and international applications is 30 June. However, EU and international students need to be aware that the application deadline for UK students for equal consideration is 15 January – therefore, due to the competitive nature of many courses, it is advisable for students to apply by 15 January for equal consideration.
Please note also that for many of our courses, we will not be able to accept any applications after 15 January. If you are applying after this date, please contact the Admissions Office or look on the UCAS website to see if the course is still available and whether your application will still be considered.
Once you have made your application through UCAS we will receive a copy of your application form, which will be sent to the Admissions Officer for consideration. Our decision will then be communicated to you by UCAS.
Other key dates
|From September 2016
||Applications can be sent to UCAS
|15 October 2016
||Deadline for applications for medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine and science courses
|15 January 2017 - 6pm
||Deadline for all courses, except those with a 15 October 2015 deadline and some art and design courses, to be guaranteed equal consideration
|25 February 2017
||UCAS Extra begins (for students holding no offers)
|1 March 2017 onwards
||Applications open for accommodation. You will be guaranteed a place in University-arranged accommodation as long as you have an unconditional status by 31 August 2016
|4 May 2017
||Deadline for you to respond to offers if your last decision was received by 31 March 2017 (UK and EU students)
|8 June 2017
||Deadline for you to respond to offers if your last decision was received by 5 May 2017 (UK, EU and international students- excluding UCAS Extra applicants)
|22 June 2017
||Deadline for you to respond to offers if your last decision was received by 8 June 2017 (UK, EU and international students- excluding UCAS Extra applicants)
|30 June and 1 July 2017
||University-wide open days
|30 June 2017
||Deadline for applications. UCAS will enter any applications received after this date into Clearing (UK, EU and international students- excluding UCAS Extra applicants)
|4 July 2017
||Last date to apply through UCAS Extra
|5 July 2017
||International Baccalaureate (IB) results day
|20 July 2017
||Deadline for you to respond to offers if your last decision was received by 13 July 2017 (UK, EU and international students-including UCAS Extra applications)
|8 August 2017
||Scottish Advanced Highers (SQA) results published
|17 August 2017
||A level and advanced diploma results published
|17 August 2017
||Clearing vacancies published by all institutions
|31 August 2017
||Final deadline for applicants holding conditional offers to provide any missing results
|15 and 16 September 2017
||University-wide open days
|21-22 September 2017
||Welcome Programme for new international students, and transfer students from The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
|25-26 September 2017
||Registration for University of Nottingham students
|25-29 September 2017
||Welcome (also known as Freshers' Week)
|25 September 2017
||Autumn term begins
Please note that UCAS dates are subject to change. For the latest dates and more information about applying through UCAS, please see their website.
What happens to your application?
Once you have submitted your application to UCAS we receive it automatically. You will receive an invitation and unique log on details for our applicant and student portal MyNottingham. You should then hear from us within a month with a decision, an invitation to interview or an update on what is happening. If your fee status is unclear, we will contact you. Finally, your application is sent to the admissions tutor or officer who will either make a decision or invite you to an interview, depending on the course you are applying for. This stage can take up to two weeks.
Many of our courses receive significantly more applications than we have places available and in these cases, it may be that a decision won’t be made about your application until late February to ensure that all applications who applied before 15 January are treated fairly. If this applies to you, you will be informed once you have applied.
Tracking your application
Log in to UCAS Track
to view your choices and stay informed about the progress of your application. Information is updated over the application cycle to keep you updated of any developments as they happen.
Applying for medicine and veterinary medicine courses
If you are applying for a medicine or veterinary medicine and science course, your application should reach UCAS by the earlier date of 15 October. You are advised to enter four choices for medicine or veterinary medicine and science courses on your UCAS application. The final choice may be used for an application to another degree course or left blank. You should be aware that if you make more than four choices for medicine or veterinary medicine and science courses you will be contacted by UCAS to withdraw a selection, which will delay your application.
The University is normally happy to accept applications more than 12 months before the date of admission if there are good reasons – for example, if you will be gaining relevant work experience, spending time abroad to improve your languages, or need to obtain a university place before being considered for industrial sponsorship.
The University welcomes applications from students who live locally and actively fosters close links with nearby schools and colleges to encourage more candidates to apply. You can find out more at the widening participation website
All programmes welcome applications from mature students. There are a number of different approaches to entry requirements for those with a break in their education. See our Entry requirements page for further details.
For the majority of courses, potential part-time students will need to complete an application form and submit it to the Admissions Office along with any transcripts, certificates or references required.
Admissions staff will assess your application and some may wish to interview you. The University will notify you of the outcome of your application.