How to apply for taught courses



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

This step-by-step guide will take you through the application process.

Before you apply

1. Check entry requirements

Entry requirements vary by course – check our online prospectus for details. Evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may be taken into consideration – please contact the academic school directly for further information.

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

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.

English language preparation and support

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

After successfully completing a presessional course, you can progress onto your chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent. On some courses, you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.


2. Check key dates and deadlines

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 23 September 2019 is Thursday 8 August 2019.

You will need to have an unconditional offer and demonstrate that you have secured sufficient funding before you can apply for your student visa. The visa process is likely to take some time, so if you are outside the UK you will need to factor this in to the overall timescales. For an overview of the process, see our 7 Step Guide.

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. 

Start dates

Most postgraduate taught courses will start on Monday 23 September 2019, while some have alternative start dates. Check course pages for details.



3. Apply for funding

There are lots of options and support available – find out more on our funding webpages.The University offers a range of masters scholarships for international students.

Wherever possible you should secure funding before applying for a course. However, some scholarships, loans and funding schemes may require you to secure an offer to study at the University beforehand.


4. Submit an application

You can apply directly through our online system. Please note, there is an application fee of £40 for postgraduate taught courses.

You will receive an automatic acknowledgment when your application is submitted and can view its progress using the tracking information. Please note, applications for teacher training and MA Social Work are made through UCAS.

You will be required to provide two references as part of your application. At least one of these will need to be able to comment on your academic ability. You will also need to provide supporting documents, including your degree certificate and transcripts. 

You can upload scanned copies of any documents that are required as part of your application. Please do not send original copies in the post.


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After you apply

5. 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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