Applying for an undergraduate course through UCAS
All undergraduate full-time applications are made through UCAS.
What is UCAS?
UCAS is the organisation that processes applications to study full-time courses at universities and colleges in the UK.
At UCAS you will find guidance on choosing the right course, completing your online application, tracking your application and funding your course.
Once you have applied, you will be able to track the progress of your application through UCAS track. The status of your application will be updated with the decision made by your university.
Key UCAS dates:
- Mid September - Applications can be submitted to UCAS.
- The final Wednesday in January – Deadline for applications to QMU courses*. For the September 2024 intake, the equal consideration deadline will be the 31st January 2024 (18:00 U.K. time)
- 28 February – Extra opens
- 16 May - University and college decisions due on applications submitted by 31 January.
- 30 June - Main scheme closes – applications received after 30 June at 18:00 are in Clearing
- 4 July: Extra closes - the last day for applicants to add an Extra choice.
- 5 July: Clearing opens and continues through to the end of August.
*If you’re applying through schools or colleges, sometimes you will be given an earlier deadline to fill in your application – this is to make sure they can write your reference and send your application to UCAS on time.
If the applications you have made for your chosen courses are unsuccessful, you could apply for other courses through UCAS Extra.
UCAS Extra is an opportunity for you to consider another course, even a different subject, without waiting for Clearing.
To be eligible for Extra:
- All five choices must have been used
- Your must have no offers or declined any offers you have received
If you do not get the qualifications needed to meet the conditions of your offer or you do not receive any offers though UCAS or UCAS Extra, you can look for places through Clearing.
Clearing is a chance for students to look for a place if they don’t have one. It’s also the final chance for universities to fill any places they still have available.
To look for a course in Clearing you must first be eligible. This means that either:
- You have no offers
- Your firm or insurance universities have confirmed your application has been unsuccessful
To note, where a course requires National 5 maths, we can also accept National 5 Applications of Maths or Lifeskills Maths at the same grade. National 5 Numeracy may also be accepted at the same grade but exclusions apply for some courses due to the professional registration requirements such as the PGDE programmes and Educations Studies (Primary).
Admissions - main how to apply
See our contacts below for the following areas:
Undergraduate applications enquiries
Postgraduate Taught application enquiries
Master of Research application enquiries
Professional Doctorate application enquiries
PhD application enquiries