How to apply

Your application

Application deadlines

Each application cycle starts in September. Your application should normally reach UCAS between 1 September and 15 January. Applicants for Medicine must apply between 1 September and 15 October.

We guarantee that all Home/EU applications received by the UCAS deadline of 15 January are given full and careful consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered on an individual basis, depending on availability of places.

When completing your application, you may find our guidance on how we assess your application useful in helping you to understand the key indicators we look for that demonstrate your potential to us.

Completing your application

You may apply for up to five choices of institution or course. Exeter’s code is E84 EXETR. If you are applying for a course that is offered at our Penryn Campus, please note that these programmes are indicated by ‘Penryn Campus, Cornwall’ after the title and you should indicate ‘C’ under ‘Campus Code’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application.

If you are applying for a Flexible Combined Honours programme, Y004, Y006 or Y003, you should clearly indicate the subject areas that you wish to study in the ‘choices’ section of the application.

You will be asked to sign a declaration on the application form, which confirms that the information you have given is true, complete and accurate. Discovery of false information or omissions from the application form could lead to an offer being withdrawn or, in the case of students already registered, to their withdrawal from the University. If you firmly accept our offer of a place, we will require documentary evidence of any qualifications as stated on your UCAS form if these are not verified by UCAS.

Additional information

You may be asked to provide additional information in the form of transcripts, academic reference (if not already supplied) or information on alternative qualifications held. When supplying this information, your Personal Identification Number (PID) or student number and the course(s) you have applied for must be included. If you wish to send further information about a change in circumstances, a change in academic qualifications, or details of exceptional circumstances that may affect your application, we would also ask that you include your Personal Identification Number and course details.

Applying for deferred entry

We are happy to consider applicants who intend to take a gap year between school/college and university and applicants applying for deferred entry will be considered in the same way as applicants applying for entry without a gap year.

Part-time study

Applicants who wish to take any of the programmes outlined in this prospectus on a part-time basis should apply direct to the University, normally between 1 September and 30 June, and before 15 January to be guaranteed equal consideration with full time applicants applying by the UCAS deadlines. However, it should be noted that part-time study is not always available for all programmes and you are advised to check with the relevant academic College on availability. International students should also note that UK student visas only permit the holder to study full-time. Application forms are available from the Admissions Office.

Criminal records declaration

UCAS ask that any relevant criminal convictions be declared on the application form. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to admission and each case is considered on an individual basis and will depend upon the nature of the offence. Where an offer is recommended, the offence(s) will be considered by a panel of appropriate University staff.

Candidates who receive an offer of a place for programmes which includes working with children or vulnerable adults, will require a satisfactory enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For further information please see our Disclosure and Barring Service pages.

International applicants

If you live outside the UK, you should also apply via UCAS using Apply online. Advice is available from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or one of our local representatives. You can obtain contact details for your local British Council Office. Details of approved University representatives can be obtained from the ‘In Your Country’ section of our International Students website.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible and before 15 January but will continue to consider applications from international students until 30 June if places are available. After this date we will consider applications through Clearing or Adjustment for any vacancies we may still have.

If you think you may be assessed as a ‘Home/EU’ student for tuition fees purposes, then you should apply by 15 January.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language and you have not completed your education in an English-speaking country (ie, the UK, Anglophone Canada, USA, Australia or New Zealand), you will need to submit evidence of a good command of English before starting your degree programme. Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Study abroad

Applicants wanting to study at the University for only one or two semesters under our Study Abroad programme should apply direct to the University. Application forms are available from the Study Abroad website.

Age of applicants

The University welcomes applications from people of all ages and applications will be considered on their individual merits.

Students under 18

If an offer of a place is made to an applicant who will be under the age of 18 at the time of admission, certain legislative procedures will be necessary in order to fulfil the University’s duty of care for students. Policy details for prospective students who will be under 18 at the time of admission can be found on our page for students under 18.

There is no upper age limit for applications although the University has a responsibility to ensure that the investment made by public funds in relation to NHS training for certain programmes is realised in terms of length of service within the health service.

Applying as a mature student

At the University of Exeter we welcome applicants who may not have come directly from school or college and who wish to return to education at different stages of their lives. Students who wish to study full-time should apply through UCAS. Please see our section for mature students for guidance on applying to the University.

Applications for entry to the second or a later year of a programme

We will consider applications for second year or later years entry subject to places being available with the exception of the following programmes which are normally only available for first year entry due to the nature of first year modules within the first year at Exeter:

  • BSc Applied Psychology (Clinical)
  • BSc and MSci Natural Sciences
  • LLB Law

Entry into the second year of a programme will normally be conditional upon an applicant achieving a 2.1 within the first year of their current programme along with a near module match, in addition for some programmes we will only consider applicants for second year entry if their Level three qualifications are equivalent to that of currently first year applicants. This includes, English, all Business School programmes, Politics, International Relations and Politics, Philosophy and Economics programmes.

Applications for second or a later years entry should be made via UCAS. As part of our selection process we will consider whether the modules you have previously studied match the core components of the first year of the programme for which you are applying (details of the contents of our programmes are available on our website). You will therefore also need to send the following information directly to us if it is not included on your UCAS application:

  • Up to date transcripts of your current higher education studies and/or predicted grades supplied by your academic referee
  • List of all level 2 and 3 academic achievements to date, including GCSE or equivalent

Please note: we are unable to consider your transcripts and previous qualifications and comment on whether or not a place willbe offered prior to the receipt of a formal UCAS application. 

Applications submitted after the UCAS equal consideration deadline

Following the UCAS deadline of the 15th January, a number of our programmes will start to close to applicants applying for entry into the first year. It may still be possible to be considered for entry into the second or further years (excluding final year) entry. If the programme you wish to apply for is showing as closed at UCAS please contact the Admissions Office for further advice.

Further information

For further information please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team as follows:

Undergraduate Admissions
University of Exeter
8th Floor
Laver Building
Exeter EX4 4QE
Phone: 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)*
+44(0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)
WebEnquire online 
* Calling us on an 0300 number will cost you the same as a call to a standard landline number starting with 01 and 02.

If you have an inclusive call package for calling landline numbers on your mobile or landline telephone the call would simply be reduced from your available talk minutes. Otherwise your call will be charged at the same rate as calling a standard national rate number.

Students with a disability

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and do all we can to ensure that your participation in both the academic and social life of the University is as successful as that of other students. We consider it beneficial for you to visit the University before applying and can arrange informal visits on an individual basis. We also arrange and discuss further support for applicants at Offer-Holder Visit Days and interviews. Support is available for students at all our campuses, details of which are given on our Wellbeing page.

Further information about our AccessAbility service in Exeter can be found on the AccessAbility website. AccessAbility can provide information on Disabled Student Allowances, diagnostic testing, and one-to-one tuition and exam concessions. At our Penryn Campus the Accessibility Centre offers the same service.

We encourage you to complete the declaration of disability and indicate any special needs (in particular health) on the UCAS form if appropriate. This will not affect your chances of being offered a place but will help us plan for your support.