When to apply

Before you start - compare course information

Before you start - compare course information

On our individual course pages online you’ll notice a small widget which allows you to compare our course information with other universities. Available via the Unistats website, the data includes statistics about student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, teaching activities, fees and finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

September to December

Find out more and choose your course

September & October - Open Days

September & October - Open Days

We hold two Open Days - one in September and one in October. Come along to find out more.

December - Personal Statement

December - Personal Statement

Most teachers expect personal statements to be completed by now, before the holidays.

How to apply for undergraduate courses

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.


All Scottish home, UK and EU student applications should be made via UCAS.


Full time undergraduate applications submitted via UCAS must adhere to the deadlines for relevant courses agreed by UCAS.

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

International applicants 

You can choose to apply direct to the University for full-time undergraduate degree courses.

Download our Direct Application Form (PDF 253KB)



Academic criteria are not the only factors we take into account when assessing your application. We look for personal qualities, maturity, relevant experience, an awareness of the course and how it fits in with any proposed career path.

Your online application allows you to save and return to your application as often as you need to, so take some time to think about what you writing, particularly your personal statement.

Don't forget, if you submit a complete application (with all the necessary supporting documents) it allows us to be able to make a decision on your application much quicker than if we need to contact you to ask for further information.


January - UCAS Deadline

January - UCAS Deadline

The UCAS application deadline for all RGU courses is 15 January. Institution name: RGU Institution code: R36

After I apply for undergraduate courses

The University operates a centralised admissions service and all undergraduate 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).

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.

How long will my application take to be processed?

  • Applications made through UCAS, will be processed at different times so don't worry if you don't hear anything for a while. 
  • If you are applying directly to Robert Gordon University, we will we will acknowledge your application within 5 working days. If the application provides all the information needed for us to make a decision, we will be able to make that decision within 5 working days. 
  • If you have applied online, we will start to process your application as soon as we have received all the supporting documents that we require.
  • Applications made through UCAS can be tracked. Check Track to see your personal deadline.
  • Once we have made a decision we will send you an email confirming this, and if relevant, directing you to check your online record through UCAS.

Decisions on the academic entry requirements are made centrally for the majority of courses.

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

February to April

March - Portfolio Interviews

March - Portfolio Interviews

Gray’s School of Art review art and design portfolios.

March - Selection Visits

March - Selection Visits

Interviews for health and social care related subjects are held.

March - Applicants' Days

March - Applicants' Days

A great opportunity for those who have applied to RGU to visit us. Look out for your invitation to attend!

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 or not offer a place, the decision will be sent to an individual applicant either by email or letter.

How do I accept or decline an offer?

The offer sent to you will be one of:

  • An unconditional offer which means you already satisfy all the academic and financial conditions required before entry and we are offering you a place.
  • A conditional offer which means you do not yet satisfy the conditions required before entry. The conditions which need to be met are given in the offer letter.

May to August

May - Make up your mind

May - Make up your mind

It’s decision time. Is RGU the one for you?

August - Good luck!

August - Good luck!

Exam results are published. Wishing you the best of luck!

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).

Course and module disclaimer

This website contains information intended as a guide for applicants for courses delivered by Robert Gordon University.

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 has taken every care to be as accurate as possible. However, the information must be read as subject to change and you are recommended to review the website on a regular basis.


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.

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:

Please note RGU Policies are reviewed and refreshed on a regular basis so please check the website for the current version.