Find out all you need to know about applying to the University.


If you are interested in an undergraduate course, it is likely that you will have to apply online via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for admission, although there are some exceptions. Applications for most Postgraduate courses are made direct to the University.


Full time undergraduate applications are submitted via UCAS and all application deadlines for relevant courses adhere to the deadlines agreed by UCAS.

In order to guarantee equal consideration these should be submitted to UCAS by 15th January, however most courses will accept applications after this date.


For postgraduate, distance learning and short courses deadlines are agreed for individual courses. Individual application processes are included in the 'how to apply' section of each course entry. All our courses are listed in the Areas of Study section of the website.

If your application is submitted late the University reserves the right to reject your application, however we will do our best to consider it.

Late applicants may find they have access to a reduced number of courses and University accommodation may not be available.


After I apply

The University operates a centralised admissions service and all undergraduate and postgraduate applications are submitted to the Admissions Office. All applications are then checked to ensure they are complete and ready to be assessed by an Admissions Adviser.

During the assessment applications are checked for Fee Status, Criminal Conviction declaration and Disability declaration. In all instances further information will be requested from the applicant in line with Data Protection and Freedom of Information Policies (see policies and procedures).

All decisions on the academic entry requirements are made centrally for the majority of courses with the exception of:

  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences

Postgraduate courses:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • School of Computing
  • School of Engineering 
  • Gray's School of Art
  • Scott Sutherland's School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • School of Social Work and Social Sciences

Undergraduate applications to courses with compulsory interview/selection visit are assessed for academic entry prior to being invited to interview. More information is in our section on Selection Visits.

All paper and electronic application records are held securely by the Admissions Office and access is restricted to those involved in the admissions process.

Acceptance decisions

All applications are submitted to the Admissions Office where the majority of decisions are made by trained Admissions Advisers.

When a decision is not made centrally by the Admissions Advisers, the application is referred to the relevant course Admissions Tutor. They will further assess the application based on all information submitted, as well as the outcome of interview or selection visit if required as part of the application procedure.

When a decision has been made to offer/not offer a place, the decision will be sent to the individual applicants either by email or letter.

Course and module disclaimer

To ensure the continued currency of its courses and modules the University addresses the requirements of external advisors and associated professional, statutory or regulatory bodies, and implements changes to content and/or structure.


The University makes reasonable endeavours to inform applicants and students at the earliest opportunity of any significant changes to, or suspension/cessation of, a course, particularly when this occurs between the offer of admission and enrolment.

Significant changes may include (but are not limited to) changes to:

  • an existing course title or named exit awards;
  • the course curriculum/modules (e.g. replacement of core and/or optional modules);
  • the course structure (e.g. addition of a placement year, changes in clinical hours, changes related to professional, statutory or regulatory body accreditation);
  • additions/changes to mode(s) of delivery;
  • methods of assessment;
  • suspension or cessation of a course.

Reasonable efforts will be made to assist applicants find an alternative RGU course if the original is no longer suitable.


The modules quoted are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Deferring entry

Undergraduate applicants applying through UCAS can apply for deferred entry in accordance with UCAS application procedures.

Applicants who apply direct to the University can apply for deferred entry as long as it is within the forthcoming two Academic Years.

Individuals who do not originally apply for a deferred entry place, either through UCAS or directly will not automatically be given the right to subsequently defer any offer of a place. The decision to allow for deferment will be made on an individual basis and will have to be requested in writing to the Admissions Manager.

Appeals, feedback and complaints

The University is committed to providing feedback, when requested, to any applicant whose application has been unsuccessful.

Feedback will be given to enable applicants to reflect on their progress through the application process and does not constitute a reconsideration of an application or a challenge to the University's decision on an application.

Further information

Procedure for Applicants Requesting Feedback (DOC 37KB)

The University aims to consider all applications fairly and effectively in line with our policies and procedures. If an applicant is dissatisfied with the outcome or treatment of their application they are entitled to submit an appeal or complaint and should refer to the Appeals Procedure for Applicants for further information including the permissible grounds for appeal or the Complaints Handling Procedure (see policies and procedures).

Policies and procedures

There are a number of policies and procedures that may affect an individual who is applying to the University.

Some policies or procedures are only applicable to applicants to certain courses or only to one group of applicants (e.g. international students). If you have any queries about the information on these pages and whether they affect you, please contact Admissions.

The main policies and procedures effecting applicants are:

Application statistics for staff

If you have access to the intranet, you can view the university's undergraduate and postgraduate Application statistics.



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