Application Deadlines for Popular UK Universities in 2021-2022

By Neha Kumari Updated On - Sep 15, 2021 05:21 PM

The UK Universities are accepting applications of international students for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic year. Check the application deadlines for popular UK universities here.

With the world still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, UK universities have started working towards an effective and efficient admission process for international students, while maintaining the safety of all involved. With universities in the UK changing their learning modes to mostly online or hybrid, students now have the flexibility to choose between blended courses, in-person courses and online courses to pursue education within the comfort of their homes for the 2021-22 academic year.

Most universities in the UK have established and implemented COVID-19 support services for international students to provide help with admission related queries, counselling and mental health support. Additionally, the deadlines to apply for admissions in the UK have been extended in most universities due to the unavoidable delay in the admission processes, arrangement of the relevant documents or visa processes due to travel restrictions or lockdown imposed in different parts of the world.

Admissions in the UK are now open and students who wish to apply for admissions can check deadlines for both bachelors and masters level courses at popular UK Universities here. Here are some important details regarding the UK Admission process for international students such as the application process for admissions in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic and other important information about the intakes in the UK.

How to Apply for Admission in the UK During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A successful vaccination drive makes the UK a top study abroad destination in 2021. The UK is expecting to vaccinate a large portion of the people residing in the country including international students who are currently studying in the UK. Prospective students can also expect the UK to be safe for entry by September 2021.

Meanwhile, UK universities are accepting and processing international applications as normal learning is expected to take place in the upcoming academic term. However, the final decision will be made based on the global situation and subsequent decisions taken by the UK government.

Apply through UCAS

All UK universities are accepting international student applications through the UCAS portal. 

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK based organisation that helps students to access the online application portal to apply for admission at various universities in the UK. There are several other features on the website like search tools, free information, guidelines and advice that a student might need for pursuing higher education in the UK.

UCAS is best suitable to apply for undergraduate admissions at UK universities however one can also apply for a few Postgraduate or UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) courses through the portal.

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Admission Intakes in the UK in 2021-2022

The Fall/September term is the most preferred choice among international students as more than 80% of students apply for admissions and start their undergraduate or postgraduate studies during this term. Here are the three admission intakes offered in the UK to international students:


Starts in 

Ends in 







Summer (Limited)



Also Read: Study in the UK- Timeline for September 2022 Intake

Application Deadlines for Bachelor’s Courses in the UK in 2022

Students who wish to apply for admissions in bachelor’s degree programmes at UK universities through UCAS must note the application deadlines as mentioned in the table below:



Courses offered at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge - most courses in medicine, veterinary science/medicine, and dentistry

October 15, 2021

For the majority of courses in the UK

January, 2022 

For students who missed their final deadline for late applications in the UK with course choices

June 30, 2022

For students who missed their final deadline - they can apply but instead of course choices, they will be entered into ‘Clearing’

September 21, 2022

Check out the list of popular UK universities accepting admissions for the upcoming 2021-22 terms along with the UCAS application deadline dates for bachelor’s courses:


Courses on Offer

Queen Mary University of London

List of Courses 

University of York

List of Courses 

University of Lincoln

List of Courses 

University of Birmingham

List of Courses 

University of Westminster

List of Courses 

University of Strathclyde

List of Courses 

University of Stirling

List of Courses 

Liverpool John Moores University

List of Courses 

Leeds Beckett University

List of Courses 

University of Nottingham

List of Courses 

Also Read:  Study in the UK- Timeline for May Intake 2022 for International Students

Minimum Requirements to Apply for Bachelor’s Course in the UK 

International applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria to apply for a bachelor’s course in the UK. 

  • Must have completed Class 12th from a recognised board. The

  • Must have good grades in high school.

  • Must have a valid SAT or ACT test score. Some universities may not require SAT or ACT scores for admission. Hence, you must confirm it for a specific university. 

  • Must meet the English language proficiency requirements. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE are the popular English language tests accepted at universities in the UK.  

Application Deadlines for Master’s Courses in the UK in 2021-2022

Unlike bachelor degree programmes, the deadline for Master’s degree programmes offered at UK universities varies depending on the course and university one opts for. The list of some of the popular UK universities along with their respective deadlines in 2021-22 have been listed below:



Application Deadline 2021

Courses on Offer  

University of Essex

October 2021

September 17, 2021: For international applicants who will join online classes

August 27, 2021: For international applicants who will join on-campus classes.


List of Courses 


University of Nottingham

September 20, 2021

August 6, 2021 

List of Courses 

University of Liverpool

2021 entry

July 31, 2021


List of Courses 


University of Lincoln

September 2021

June 30, 2021


List of Courses 


January/February 2022 

November 30, 2021

Coventry University

September 2021/January 2022 and future intakes

Rolling Basis


List of Courses 


University of Sussex

September 2021

August 1, 2021


List of Courses 


University of Southampton


Rolling Basis


List of Courses 



University of East Anglia

September 2021

July 31, 2021


List of Courses 

January/February 2022

November 30, 2021 

University of Strathclyde


Rolling basis 


List of Courses 


Minimum Requirements to Apply for Master’s Course in the UK 

Check the minimum requirement to apply for a Master’s course in the UK: 

  • Must have a relevant bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. 

  • Must have good grades at the bachelors level

  • Must have a standardised test score such as GMAT or GRE, depending on the requirement of course at a specific university

  • Must meet the English language test requirements. IELTS, TOEFL  or PTE test score is acceptable

  • Must have work experience of 2- 3 years in the relevant field. The work experience requirements vary university wise and course wise.  

Guidelines to Apply at Universities in the UK 

Check the following guidelines to apply at Universities in the UK:  

Choose the Most Relevant Course: In the UK, courses are offered in a wide range of specialisations. So, it is important to choose the course wisely based on your interest and scope. Check the curriculum of the course, its description and the scope of study of course. Shortlist a few courses based on your preferences to apply for admissions in the UK.

Select Colleges: Once you have shortlisted the course, look for colleges in the UK that offer the course. Select multiple colleges and confirm the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for admission. The admission requirements vary for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.  

Prepare Documents: Make sure you have all the necessary documents to apply for admissions at the university. It includes transcripts, Statement of Purpose, passport, Certificates, Test Scores, Letter of Recommendation etc.   

Apply before Deadline:  Universities in the UK may have a different application deadline for the Fall term. Make sure you complete the application before the deadline. It includes filling the application form, uploading documents and payment of the application fee.  

Wait for Result: Universities update the status of the application on the portal. You can log in to the application portal account to check the status of the application. The universities also communicated through email. Make sure to enter the correct email address in the application form as all communication related to admission is done via email.  

You can check out further information regarding studying in the UK on our website and go through our list of top Universities in the UK. If you wish to apply for or learn more about international student admissions in UK universities for the upcoming 2021-2022 term, write to us at

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