Application advice, interviews, offers and feedback

You can make an application for any of our programmes through UCAS. For detailed application advice download the copy of our nursing or midwifery application advice leaflets.

If you run out of space in the supporting evidence section you can complete an additional sheet and send it directly to us, ensuring that your UCAS number is on the top of this sheet.


For nursing programmes, the interview will take the form of:

  • a group discussion or exercise
  • a written exercise
  • an individual interview which may consist of questions, written activities or tasks.

The nursing interview will most likely take place on a Saturday and will last for half a day.

For the midwifery programme the interview will take the form of:

  • essay writing
  • multiple mini interviews (this involves you moving around five stations within one room where you will be given a scenario or question by one interviewer. You will then be asked to respond for four minutes about the scenario. It is important to note that the scenarios do not involve any clinical (midwifery or nursing) knowledge.


An offer of a place is made on the basis of a successful interview and is conditional upon a satisfactory health assessment and a full disclosure and barring service check and, where appropriate, you gaining the required qualification or grades.

You should also be aware that you will be screened for vaccination requirements at the start of the programme. Completion of required vaccinations is necessary to undertake practice placements, both for your own safety and that of your clients

If you are unsuccessful in your application, you can apply to us again but you will have to wait until the next application period (September to January). 

For our midwifery programme we aim to be fair and as equitable as possible when making offers. Our interview days are held between December and March and we are able to make all our initial offers by the first UCAS deadline of 31 March. If you are a very strong candidate or an unsuccessful candidate you may hear sooner than this. We will then continue to make further offers through April until the final offer deadline in early May based on the acceptance rate of the first offers we have released.

If you have any questions, please contact


The Department of Health Sciences is a very popular department for both nursing and midwifery applications. Previously we have had over 2,400 applications 190 places in nursing and over 700 applications for 26 places in midwifery. Inevitably many candidates will be disappointed.

If you are unsuccessful in your application at the shortlisting stage, we are happy to send you some basic feedback with the letter informing you that you were not successful in receiving an interview. This feedback will give you a sense of which aspect of your application required more detail or was not as strong as those candidates offered an interview. Many strong candidates are competing against each other. Due to the volume of applications we are not able to provide further, more detailed feedback to candidates on an individual basis at the shortlisting stage.

Candidates who attend interview and are unsuccessful can be provided with further feedback should they request it, however, we must warn candidates that this may not be for several weeks, or until our recruitment cycle begins to slow down towards the end of April.

To request feedback after an interview, you'll need to send us a letter, signed by you (not anyone else). We will write back only to your UCAS registered address. We don't provide feedback in response to email or telephone enquiries. This is due to data protection issues - we have to make sure that the information reaches only you and not any third party.

Please include your UCAS number in the letter and post it to: Student and Academic Support Service, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD.