Application forms and supporting documents
All applications must be accompanied with application forms and all required supporting documents. References, transcripts/certificate, personal statements and passport copies are required for all applications; additional documents may also be required depending on level of study.
The student's direct contact details should be provided, along with your business contact details.
Proof of previous academic qualifications must be provided with all degree-level applications. This should include:
- Either, a graduation certificate from previous qualifications.
- Or, a certificate or letter confirming details of current study, including expected completion date.
- And, an up-to-date transcript of studies of the previous (or current) course.
All supporting documents must be supplied in English. Documents in other languages must be accompanied by an official translation, either by the institution which issued them, a notary public, or an accredited translator.
Please note, hard copies of original documents should not be sent to The University. Students will require these when making a Tier 4 visa application. Instead, please send attested scanned copies via email.
In order for us to issue an unconditional offer, we need to have received verified (attested) copies of all required academic documents.
Documents can be attested by the British Council, or a notary public (government officials). We can also accept copies directly from the institution where the course was studied, provided the copies are attested with school stamps and signatures, and have been sent from a verifiable institutional email address at the school or university.
For representatives with verification rights, you will be able to attest original documents by stamping a scanned copy of the original document and sending this to your International Admissions Assistant (by email or post). To see if you have verification rights, please refer to your Memorandum of Understanding.
If you do have verification rights, please follow this procedure to attest copies of original documents:
- Use a rubber stamp with your company name.
- Including the phrase "original documents seen", "certified true copy" or similar wording.
- Sign and date on or below the stamp.
You must view the original copy of the document and confirm that the copy is identical before attesting it.
English language qualifications
If English is not an applicant's first language, the University requires proof of their English ability, in order to act as the students immigration sponsor.
The most common English language test certificates we accept are IELTS (Academic), TOEFL internet-based test (iBT), and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.
Students may also meet our English requirements by studying a presessional English course at our Centre for English Language Education (CELE). See our CELE webpages or download the CELE brochure.
We also accept students who have successfully completed presessional English courses at the required level at other Russell Group institutions. Please consult the Russell Group website for details of member universities.
If an applicant has studied a previous degree or their entire secondary education in an English-speaking country, or an institution which teaches entirely in English, the language requirement may be waived.
Information on other English language qualifications we accept can be found listed in our undergraduate online prospectus, and full details of our policy on English language requirements can be found in the minimum English language entry requirements page of our Quality Manual. Links in this page include a table of equivalencies for the English qualifications we accept, and details of our waiver policy.
Applications for some postgraduate taught courses require additional supporting documents. Please take note of these, as applications for these courses will be considered incomplete without these documents.
Applicants for MArch courses in the School of Architecture and Built Environment must submit a design portfolio. We recommend that a digital copy, saved on CD is submitted, although a bound printed copy can be accepted.
MBA applicants must submit a CV (curriculum vitae, or résumé), and are asked some additional questions during the online application. If you are submitting manual applications for an MBA course, please include the applicant's CV and a completed copy of this questionnaire which contains the additional questions.
MSc Finance and Investment applicants must include a full transcript showing all modules. If they have not yet completed their undergraduate programme when applying, they must submit a list of modules they are taking during their final year, as well as a transcript of their previous years. This is a very specialist course and the Business School are unable to make a decision without full module details.
All postgraduate research courses require a research proposal to be submitted. Guidance on how to write a research proposal can be found in the postgraduate online prospectus. We advise that the student contacts a potential tutor, or a research administrator in the relevant school or department, to discuss their intended research before applying. The student may find our A to Z or research areas useful in identifying suitable staff.