Dates and deadlines for uni applications

Some courses have different deadlines, and many are a long time in advance of the start of the course. Find out which deadline applies to you, and what you need to do by that deadline.

2024 entry application deadlines

For courses starting in 2024 (and for deferred applications), your application should be with us at UCAS by one of these dates – depending on what courses you apply for. If your completed application – including all your personal details and your academic reference – is submitted by the deadline, it is guaranteed to be considered.

If you're applying through your school/college, please check their deadline, and follow this to get your application in on time. This gives them enough time to read your application, check you've entered your qualifications correctly, write and attach your reference, and submit your application to us.

Check course information in our search tool to see which deadline applies to you.

Undergraduate deadlines 2023-24

  1. 16 Oct

    Early deadline for 2024 entry

    18:00 (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry. You can add choices with a different deadline later, but don’t forget you can only have five choices in total.  
  2. 31 Jan

    Deadline for 2024 entry

    18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses. 
  3. 28 Feb

    UCAS Extra opens

    If you received no offers, or rejected any offers you did, you can add an extra choice from this date. For more information, visit our Extra page
  4. 30 Jun

    Automatic entry to Clearing

    Any applications received after 18:00 (UK time) today will be automatically entered into Clearing.
  5. 04 Jul

    UCAS Extra closes

    The last date to add an extra choice. 
  6. 05 Jul

    Clearing opens

    Clearing 2024 opens for applicants to begin researching Clearing courses. Discover information and advice on our Clearing and Results day pages.
  7. 21 Oct

    Clearing closes

    The final day to add a Clearing choice. 

Missed deadline?

If you don’t meet the main application deadline, you can still apply for many courses.

We recommend you ask the universities whether they have vacancies first – especially for courses with a 16 October deadline, as it’s unusual for them to consider late applications because their courses are really competitive.

International and EU students

While the 16 October deadline is usually inflexible, don’t worry if you miss the January deadline.

Many universities and colleges will continue to accept applications from international students until later in the year, nearer the beginning of the course.

Don’t leave it too late though, because if you do get a place, you’ll still need to arrange a visa and your accommodation.

International Students

Part-time students

Because part-time study options vary by duration, study mode and location, you'll need to contact course providers direct to apply. This way you can discuss your requirements and your experience to see which course provider will be the most suitable for you.

Flexible and part-time study