Postgraduate study

How to apply for taught courses

Once you've found the right course for you, you're ready to apply.

These steps will take you through the application process.

Before you apply 

1. Check academic requirements

Academic requirements vary by programme – check our course pages for details. Evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may be taken into consideration. Contact the academic school directly for further information.

International and EU students can find guidance on alternative qualifications on our country-specific webpages.

English not your first language?

If English isn't your first language, you will also need to meet the relevant English language requirements. IELTS requirements are detailed on our course pages, though we also accept alternative qualifications.

If you require additional support to develop your language skills, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education.

2. Check key dates and deadlines

Most postgraduate taught courses will start on Monday 21 September 2020, while some have alternative start dates. Check course pages for details.

Although most postgraduate courses do not formally close for applications, places are limited and courses may become full.

International applicants should apply as early as possible. The deadline for courses starting on Monday 21 September 2020 is Friday 7 August 2020. This is to ensure you have enough time to apply for your student visa so does not apply to distance learning courses.

Funding deadlines

An offer of study is required for many funding opportunities. You should check deadlines for applications carefully, as these are often early in the year.



3. Submit your application

You can apply directly through our online system. You will receive an automatic confirmation once you submit your application and can track its progress.

Make sure that you upload scanned copies of your degree certificate and transcripts, as well as any other supporting documents, as we will not be able to assess your application without them. Please do not send us the original copies in the post.

Depending on the course you are applying for, you may also need to provide two references, including at least one who can comment on your academic ability. Applications for teacher training and MA Social Work are made through UCAS.

Application fee

There is an application fee of £40 for postgraduate taught courses. The following courses are exempt: MA Education, MA Education (Flexible), MA Educational Leadership and Management and PGCEi (International).

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After you apply

4. Track your application

You can log in at any time to track the progress of your application.

When we have made a decision on your application, we will send you an email and let you know what you need to do next.

There is lots of information about the University in our postgraduate applicants' area, as well as details on accepting your offer, accommodation and other helpful hints and tips.

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Tuition fee deposit

International students who are planning to start a full-time postgraduate taught course will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit of at least £2,000 as part of the visa process.

We will waive the tuition fee deposit requirement for students who are fully sponsored by a recognised sponsor. If you are fully sponsored for your course fees, you must email us a copy of your sponsorship letter, quoting your full name and application ID.

The University will only accept sponsorship letters from recognised sponsors such as overseas governments, international businesses, universities, trusts and charities, and not from friends/family members


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