April and May Intakes in the UK 2024 for Indian Students

April and May Intakes in the UK 2024 for Indian Students

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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Updated on May 9, 2023 00:17 IST
April and May Intakes in the UK for Indian Students

The United Kingdom has been enticing students for a long, with the annual international student population statistics speaking volumes about the same. As per an analysis released in London in mid-April, the majority of the student population in Wales and England is made up of Indians and over 40,000 were pursuing a higher education course at various institutions at the time of the 2021 census. If you wish to study in the UK, you not only need to be aware of the universities offering courses of your interest but should also be aware of the month and time of the year when admission takes place over there for overseas students.

Intakes in UK universities usually take place twice a year, in the months of September and January. But there are a few institutions where the commencement date of the programmes is set somewhere in the months of April or May. Due to this reason, it is recommended that students do their homework well and reach out to universities if required, in order to ascertain the availability of their respective intakes as the same may vary.

This article will assist those planning for an April or May intake in UK universities and wish to get acquainted with the admission process, universities and courses available, and related details.

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Intakes in the UK

Before moving ahead with your decision to study abroad, in the UK, you need to be aware of all the intakes that the country offers and what suits your requirement. Overall, there are three intakes in the UK and international students can apply to any of these. The September/October intake is called the Fall intake, January/February is the Winter intake and April/May is termed as the summer intake. September being the main intake season is the most popular one as most of the degree programmes commence during this time.

This is followed by the Winter intake when admission for most of the postgraduate programmes takes place. There are also a small number of institutions which may admit students in the month of July and August, but that usually happens for short-duration programmes or summer schools. The list of May intake universities in the UK does not feature top-ranked universities but those which are named have good reputations as well.

May Intake Universities in UK

Although most of the overseas lot opt for the Winter or Fall intakes, there are some students who apply for the April/May intakes. Keep in mind that this intake may not be available at all the institutions. It largely depends upon the study course you wish to apply for and the university/college you’re targeting. If you’re wondering why you should choose the April/May intake, the answer is quite simple. As most of the students prefer the other major intakes, competition tends to be less in this one. This increases the probability of your selection. Most of the top-ranking institutes in the UK do not offer this intake and those who do make fewer courses available for students. This is the main reason behind them not applying during this intake session. Also, as less number of students get enrolled during this term, your chances to get hired during placements are bright.

The table below displays the names of some of the May intake universities in the UK:

University QS World University Rankings 2023 Courses Available
Brunel University London #412

BSc (Hons) Business and Management

MSc Data Science and Analytics

Postgraduate Pathway in English


International Commercial Law LLM

Ulster University 601-650

MSc Marketing

Extended MSc International Business

Extended MSc Marketing and Advanced Practice

Extended MSc International Business with Human Resource Management

Coventry University 651-700

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance for International Business

BSc (Hons) International Finance and Banking

BA (Hons) Global Business Management

BA (Hons) International Business

Nursing Associate Foundation Degree

Northumbria University 651-700

MSc Business with Business Analytics

MSc Big Data and Data Science Technology

MSc Business with Entrepreneurship

MSc Business with Financial Management

MSc Computing and Technology

MSc Cyber Security

MSc Digital Marketing

MSc International Project Management

University of East London 801-1000

MSc International Business Management


MSc Computer Science

MSc Civil Engineering

MSc Big Data Technologies

MSc Cloud Computing

MSc Artificial Intelligence

MSc Engineering Management

MSc Mechanical Engineering

MSc Construction Engineering Management

University of West Scotland -

BA (Hons) International Business

BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies (3rd year entry)

MSc Accounting and Finance

MEd Education Studies (Full-Time)

MSc Information Technology

MSc International Management


Admission Procedure for April/May Intakes

Those planning to apply for the April/May intake in UK universities are advised to do so as soon as the application form for the same is released. Do not wait for the deadline to approach as there might be students across the world waiting for this same intake and may apply earlier than you. Due to this seats for all the top courses may get filled and you may miss out on the same. Generally, the application process for the April/May intakes takes place from October to January. So do keep visiting the official websites of the universities to keep yourself updated regarding all the latest changes.

Documents Required for Application

Ensure that all the relevant academic documents and other related forms/certificates are kept ready by you before you start filling up the admission form for any university. This will save you time and effort during the last moment. Some of the basic documents which should be kept ready before starting your admission application have been mentioned below:

  • A valid passport
  • Passport-sized pictures (current)
  • Class 10th and 12th or graduation academic transcripts and certificates
  • English Language Proficiency score mark sheets (IELTS/TOEFL, etc.)
  • GMAT/GRE scores (if required)
  • 2-3 Recommendation Letters
  • A well-written Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume (if required)

Learn more about the documents required for admission, here: Documents required for admission in the UK

Steps to Apply for April/May 2023 Intake in the UK

There are various factors which should be considered before applying for a university abroad. Applying for higher education is not a one-day process. You need to invest time in researching the right institute and course that matches your requirements and future goals. You also need to take care of your budget and plan accordingly. Relocating to a foreign country for higher studies is a big decision and task and smart and efficient planning is what one needs to do. A hierarchy needs to be followed for the entire process and the same has been explained in detail below.

Step 1: Surf the internet and visit the websites of all the universities which you want to consider for your higher education. In case of any confusion reach out to the university authorities through e-mail IDs or contact numbers which every university provides. Also, check different ranking league tables such as QS and Times Higher Education in order to check where they stand globally. You should finalise your university list by August/September.

Step 2: By September/October, you should have appeared for any of the English language proficiency tests or standardized tests required by universities you’ve filtered.

Step 3: You should next start with the application procedure before December ends. Be very careful while filling out the online application form and make sure to read all the guidelines before doing so. Attach all the required documents and make sure they are all valid and authentic. After revising your application form submit the same and pay the fee.

Step 4: By February/March you will obtain your admission letter or offer letter if selected. Confirm your acceptance and prepare for your visa formalities.

Step 5: Once you’ve confirmed your acceptance of the offer letter, you will next have to apply for your student visa. Visit the UK government’s official website to know more about the proper procedure, requirements and timeline for the same.

Step 6: Book your flight tickets and check all the things you would need to carry to the UK before moving there for studies. You won’t be able to return back frequently to get your stuff so make a list of everything you would require to survive in a foreign land.

Still confused about whether you should study in the UK or not? Read Top 10 Reasons to Study in the UK in order to convince yourself for the same.

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