Application process

Application process

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The following sections will guide you through the application process.

You should also read our entry requirements and  policies sections before you apply.

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Choosing your degree

Whether you have a specific career in mind or not, more than a third of the UK's graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Whatever you study, 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

University of Nottingham graduates are consistently popular with employers, across all subjects.

The best starting point is to choose a subject you're really interested in. This will help you to stay motivated throughout your course.

Some degree courses – like medicine, physiotherapy, architecture and pharmacy – should be chosen based on your career aspirations. 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



Applying through UCAS

If you're applying for a full-time undergraduate degree course (even if you already hold a degree), you must apply through UCAS. Information about applying is available on the UCAS website, or from your school, college or local careers centre.

Please note that UCAS dates are subject to change. For the latest dates and more information about applying through UCAS, keep checking their website.

Completing your UCAS application

Please ensure that all sections of the UCAS application form are completed and that all the information (including 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 Failure to do so may result in delayed decisions or offers being rescinded.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 application stand out:

  • Academic ability and potential, as shown by your GCSE results (or equivalent) and predicted or achieved 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 aspect)
  • Extracurricular activities, achievements and interests

Your personal statement

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've already studied and also to your wider interests in the area. It's 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 on the UCAS website.


Your school reference

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 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.


Key dates and deadlines

To ensure equal consideration for your course, you must submit your application through UCAS between 1 September 2022 and 25 January 2023 for entry in September 2022. See below for different deadlines for medicine and veterinary medicine courses.

The final deadline for 2022 applications is 30 June 2023. However, as the application deadline for UK students for equal consideration is 25 January and admission to our courses is competitive, international students should aim to apply by 25 January if possible.

Please also note that for many of our courses, we will not be able to accept any applications after 26 January. If you are applying after this date, please contact the Admissions Office or look on our course listings or the UCAS website to see if the course is still available and whether your application will still be considered.

Please note that UCAS dates are subject to change. For the latest dates and more information about applying through UCAS, keep checking their website


Applications can be submitted to universities through UCAS from

September 2022

Application deadline for medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine and science courses

15 October 2022

Application deadline for all other courses to guarantee equal consideration with other applicants

25 January 2023

UCAS Extra opens for students who have used all their UCAS choices and are not holding any offers

23 February 2023

Applications for University of Nottingham accommodation open, for students who have firmly accepted an offer

April 2023

If you have received decisions from all of your chosen universities by 18 May 2023, you must respond to your offers by

 8 June 2023

Deadline for accommodation applications to guarantee a place in University-arranged accommodation (Home students)

June 2023

University of Nottingham open days

30 June 2023
1 July 2023
9 September 2023
14 October 2023

Final deadline for standard UCAS applications

Any new applications after this date will be entered into Clearing

30 June 2023

Final deadline for UCAS Extra applications

4 July 2023

Interrnational Baccalaureate Diploma results released

5 July 2023

Clearing applications open for applicants who have received final results

5 July 2023

If you have received decisions from all of your chosen universities by 12 July 2023, you must respond to your offers by

17 July 2023

Deadline for accommodation applications to guarantee a place in University-arranged accommodation (international students)

August 2023

Scottish Advanced Higher (SQA) qualifications results day

8 August 2023

A level results day

17 August 2023

Clearing vacancies at Nottingham open to all applicants

17 August 2023

Deadline for providing your results and meeting all conditions

31 August 2023

International welcome activities

25 September 2023

Courses and induction week activities begin

25 September 2023

Deadline for requesting an offer deferral to 2024

17 October 2023


Applications can be submitted to universities through UCAS from

May 2023

University of Nottingham open days

30 June 2023
1 July 2023

Applications can be submitted to universities through UCAS from

September 2023

University of Nottingham open day

9 September 2023

University of Nottingham open day

14 October 2023

Application deadline for medicinedentistry, and veterinary medicine and science courses

15 October 2023

Application deadline for all other courses to guarantee equal consideration with other applicants

January 2024
(date to be confirmed)

University of Nottingham open day

summer 2024
(date to be confirmed)

Final deadline for standard UCAS applications

Any new applications after this date will be entered into Clearing

30 June 2024


Summer 2024

Results days, results deadlines and other key dates

Summer 2024

Courses and induction week activities begin

23 September 2024


 What happens to my application?

  1. Once you have made your application through UCAS we will receive a copy of your application form automatically
  2. You will receive an invitation and unique log on details for our applicant and student portal MyNottingham
  3. 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

Our decision will be communicated to you by UCAS. You should hear from us with a decision, an invitation to interview or an update on what is happening. If your fee status is unclear, we will contact you.

If you are invited to attend an interview this will be communicated to you via email. Please ensure that you regularly check your junk/spam folders to avoid missing any important communications as dates are limited.  

Many of our courses receive more applications than we have places available and in these cases, it may be that a decision can’t be made about your application until late-February - to ensure that all applications from before 26 January are treated fairly. If this applies to you, you will be informed of this when you submit your application.

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.

Tracking your application

Log in to UCAS Hub to view your choices and stay informed about the progress of your application. Information is updated throughout 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 2021.

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.


Deferred entry

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.


Local applicants

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 in our Schools and Colleges Outreach webpages.


Under 18s

If you will be under the age of 18 at the time when you begin your course, your parents or legal guardian must complete a consent form before your application is considered. If your parents or guardian live outside the UK, they must nominate a UK-based guardian. There are some agencies who can provide guardianship services. Find out more in our under 18 admissions guidance.


Mature applicants

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.

Find out more about what we offer for mature students.


Applying for part-time study

Potential part-time students will need to apply through the MyNottingham online portal. Admissions staff will assess your application and some may wish to interview you. The university will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you don’t have login details for the MyNottingham system or have forgotten your login details, please submit an enquiry.


Applicants with disabilities

Applicants with a physical disability, long-term medical condition, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD), sensory impairment or mental health issues can find additional information on our support pages.


Extenuating circumstances

The only way that your extenuating circumstances can be considered are via your exam board.

We strongly advise you to let your school or college know of the problems you have experienced as soon as possible so they may inform the examination board awarding your grades. We are unable to consider extenuating circumstances separately or additionally to any adjustments which may be made by the examination board.

International applicants

If you would like more information and guidance about applying to the University of Nottingham as an international student, visit our contact details and country-specific information pages.

If we are unable to determine your fee status from the information you have supplied on your application, we will ask you to fill in a fee status questionnaire.



All unsuccessful applicants will receive a statement of feedback on their application record, which gives the specific reason for the application outcome. Due to the large volumes of applications received, we are unable to provide more detailed feedback in addition to this.


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