Division of Biosciences Admissions FAQs

Questions about Applying:

Q: How do I apply?

A: You should apply through the ucas service, www.ucas.com

Q: When can I apply?

A: You can apply from September onwards for entry for the following September.  The deadline for UK/EU applicants is mid-January and for overseas applicants, mid-June.  You should check the UCAS website for confirmation of deadlines.

Q: I have submitted my application.  What happens next?

A: Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Administrators and Tutors.  If your application is considered further, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire.  If your application is successful, we will ask you to attend an Open Day (if you are a UK student) and an offer will be made.

Q: How long will it take to get a decision?

A: We will contact you as soon as possible.  For UK/EU application (where the deadline is mid-January) you will receive a decision by March at the very latest.

Q: Do you accept late applications?

A: No,  due to competition for places, we are unfortunately unable to consider late applications.

Q: Can I defer my application?

A: Yes, you are able to defer your place by up to one year.  If you wan to defer for longer, you would need to reapply in the normal way.

Q: I am currently studying at another university, can I transfer to one of your degree programmes?

A: Unfortunately we are unable to accept transfers in to our degree programmes unless there are severe extenuating circumstances. Even then, it is unlikely as there are prerequisites that students will rarely meet because they have not studied in our first year.  Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Q: I have received an offer from UCL but I would like to change to another degree.  What should I do?

A: You should contact the Admissions Tutor/Administrator for the programme that you would like to change to in order to get permission.  You can then contact us so that we can release you from the offer that we have made and send your form to the correct department.

Q: English is not my first language.  How will this affect my application?

A: if you have not been living in the UK or studying in English previously, you will need to complete an acceptable English Language qualification.  For more information on this please see a list of our accepted qualifications:


Q: Can I apply through Clearing or UCAS Extra?

A: No, unfortunately UCL Division of Biosciences degree programmes to not enter clearing or extra.

Q: When are your Open Days

A: UCL holds one full Open Day a year. Please see visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/access-ucl/open-days for full details. The Division of Biosciences holds separate post-applicant Open Days.

Q: I cannot attend an Open Day, is it possible to visit at another time?

A: Yes. You can complete the self-guided tour anytime: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/access-ucl/self-guided-tour. You can also arrange to meet an academic Admissions Tutor. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Q: How and when should I apply for accommodation?

A: If your application is successful, you will need to apply for accommodation before the 31st May. Full information on Accommodation can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/accommodation/

Q: When do your courses start?

A: All courses have one entry point per year in the last week of September.

Q: Are there any scholarships, grants or bursaries available?

A: Information on Scholarships, Grants, Bursaries and Loans can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money. You should also regularly check the Division of Biosciences website for information on course-specific scholarships: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/

Questions about entry requirements:

Q: What are your entry requirements?

A: Each course has differing entry requirements. You can visit our online prospectus http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate-study/entry-2013 for full entry criteria for all courses.

Q: I have overseas qualifications, do you accept these, and how can I check if my qualifications match your requirements?

A: Yes we accept overseas qualifications. Please visit our online prospectus to see if your qualifications meet our requirements: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate-study/entry-2013

Q: I have not yet completed my exams; can I still be made an offer?

A: Yes. If you have not yet received your exam results we will make you a conditional offer, based on predicted grades which should be included on your UCAS application.

Q: What is the difference between a conditional and an unconditional offer?

A: A conditional offer is an offer based on predicted grades for qualifications you have not yet achieved. An unconditional offer is given to applicants who already meet our entry requirements.

Q: I’ve got my grades. What should I do now?

A: UCAS will advise us of your grades. If you would like to send them to us yourself in addition, please contact us.

Q: I didn’t get the grades required. Can I still join the course?

A: Usually we would not accept grades below the entry criteria, but you should contact us to see if we can accept your grades.