There are mainly two intakes in UK, September/October Intake and January/February Intake and. Some universities in UK also provide April / May intake for a few courses.


January Intake

January intake is the secondary intake. Not as many courses are offered in January intake compared to September intake, but this intake gives an opportunity to the students who have missed the admission in the main intake. It gives students some more time to work on their application. The application deadlines will fall between June and September, and will change from course to course and University to University.

September Intake

The main intake in UK is September intake. It is also called autumn intake in UK. Most Universities in UK offer all the courses in the September intake. The application deadlines for the September intake will fall between February and May of that academic year. However, it will always vary based on course and changes from University to University. Students should check the respective university for the details.

May Intake

May UK university intake is not much available. Yet you can find some courses in May intake as well.
Universities such as Coventry University, Northumbria University, Southampton Solent University, University of Bedfordshire etc. offer May intake in a few courses for international students.

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Deadlines of UK intakes

January/February IntakeJune and September
September IntakeFebruary and May

Important UCAS Deadlines

All Undergraduate courses applications are managed by UK based Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Deadlines of UCAS are given below for the UK intake 2020 and 2021, but these are the key dates to be sure you need to contact your chosen university.

  • 15 October 2020 -it is for all the courses at Cambridge and Oxford and most medicine, and dentistry veterinary medicine courses at all other institutions
  • 15 January 2020 – It is for all other undergraduate courses for EU students
  • 30 June 2021 – It is for all other undergraduate courses for international students

Certain UK universities do permit international applications after certain deadlines as well. Check it with your University in case you are late.

(FYI – September intake then January intake)