It's not too late to apply

Applications for 2018 entry

If you haven’t applied to Plymouth University for September 2018 entry, prior to the UCAS deadline, there may still be vacancies on your chosen course. Our Admissions team will be able to advise you whether late applications will be accepted, either via a new application on UCAS, or through UCAS Extra (where applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, dependent on whether there are any vacancies on your chosen course).

The final deadline for UCAS applications is 30 June 2018. Explore our course pages to discover more about which courses are available to you, or get in touch with our friendly admissions team on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email us at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.


Apply to Plymouth

From choosing a place to study to selecting your course, there are lots of things to think about when you apply for university. Apply to Plymouth is our handy guide put together to help you through the application process.

Key dates

  • UCAS deadline – 15 January 2018
  • UCAS Extra opens – 25 February 2018
  • If you receive all decisions by 31 March 2018, reply by 2 May 2018
  • All offers from universities received for applications submitted by 15 January 2018 – 3 May 2018
  • If you receive all decisions by 3 May 2018, reply by 7 June 2018
  • If you receive all decisions by 7 June 2018, reply by 21 June 2018
  • Applications received after 30 June are still considered up until the deadline – 20 September 2018
  • Clearing opens – 30 June 2018
  • Last date to apply in UCAS extra – 4 July 2018
  • The final deadline for applications to 2017 courses – 20 September 2018

Apply through UCAS

If you are looking to study a full-time undergraduate course, you must apply through UCAS.

Deadlines for September 2018 entry for UK/EU students

  • The normal closing date for UCAS to receive applications is 15 January 2018. UCAS will, however, continue to accept late applications (until 30 June 2018) and forward them to universities.
  • Usually 15 October for all Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry programmes.
  • At Plymouth University we consider all late applicants, but there is a risk that some degree programmes may already be fully subscribed.

What is UCAS Extra?

UCAS Extra is the second stage in the UCAS application year that is available for applicants that have not found a suitable course offer so far. If you have already applied through UCAS and either had no offers or declined any offers you have received you may be able to apply for another course through Extra, which opens 25 February 2018. 

You will know if Extra is available to you – it will show up when you sign in to track your application. 

The last date to apply through UCAS Extra is 4 July 2018. 

Open days and applicant days

Visiting us at one of our open days and applicant days is the best way to get to know us, find out more about the University, explore our campus, meet academic staff and current students, and discover more about your study opportunities.

Find out more about our open days and applicant days.

BSc (Hons) Business Management (Fast Track) students Jack and James Henniker tell us about their applicant day experience.

What's the difference between an open day and an applicant day?

James: The open day and the applicant day are both totally different experiences.

Jack: The applicant day happens once you’ve applied. You’ll get an invitation to come back and visit the department you’re looking at studying in. On the applicant day you can take another look around the campus, attend subject talks and drop-in sessions and talk to staff and current students about their experiences living and studying in Plymouth.

What was your favourite part of the applicant day?

James: Getting the opportunity to talk to current students helped to give me an idea about what my university experience could be like. Many people I spoke to had also started to think about what they’d like to do after their studies, so it was good to get some ideas about future careers.

Jack: My favourite part was listening to all the subject and central talks from the staff at the University, it gave me a better idea about what I would be learning and how things like the University’s timetable runs throughout the year.

How did the applicant day help you in making your final decision?

Jack: We went to a few other applicant days at different universities but going to the applicant day here gave us another chance to visit the campus and look at everything it had to offer. We really fell in love with the atmosphere here.

James: The applicant day gave the seal of approval for us, the current students and staff were really warm and friendly, and we felt that we would fit in well.


What kind of questions should you ask on an applicant day?


Jack: Find out how much coursework there is, how many exams you’ll have and how much contact time you are likely to get with academics. You should also find out about what experiences your course offers such as placement years and opportunities and if there are any overseas field trips. It’s really important to find out just how much your degree can offer you, there’s so much you can do!

James: Make the most of speaking to current students as they can give you the best tips on how to transition onto your degree course smoothly. By asking lots of questions you’re more prepared for September, ready to make your university experience the best it can be.


Other than course specific talks and tours, what other information should people be looking in to at an applicant day?

James: I made sure I went to the Students' Union (UPSU) so I could find out about the societies I could join and what events they held. It’s also a really good opportunity to get more information on student funding.

Jack: If you’re thinking about moving into halls you can talk to the Residence Life team. There’s plenty of halls to look at and it’s important to get a real feel of where you think you might want to live. Plymouth University also has a Careers Hub on campus. It’s really important to see
what support you can get from them to kick-start your career when you graduate.

James: Jack and I have secured a lot of part-time student work thanks to the Careers Hub, and so have a lot of our course friends. They’re really good at helping, so make sure you pop in!