After you apply

After your application has been received we'll create an applicant record for you and you'll be assigned a student reference number (student ID) that will be quoted on all correspondence with you.

Once your application is processed you'll receive an acknowledgement email which will contain your student ID number. 

Once your application is processed and relevant supporting documents are received, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Team and, where required, sent to the academic department for further assessment.

Supporting documents needed for assessment may include:

  • Academic qualifications such as transcripts, certificates, evidence of study
  • English language qualifications
  • References (for some programmes)
  • Research proposals (postgraduate research programmes only).

Checking the status of your application

Our postgraduate application tracker is available for postgraduate taught applicants.

The tracker includes features to:

  • View where your application is currently up to
  • Upload and submit additional documents
  • Request a change to the personal details we hold about you
  • Check if we have received your deposit or tuition fee payment
  • Request a deposit refund if you no longer want to study at Liverpool
  • Accept or Decline your programme offer
  • Withdraw your application
  • Ask us a question.

When a decision has been made

We will contact you by email when a decision is made. If we have made you an offer, we will provide you with an official electronic offer email, containing important information about your offer and studying at the University.

If you have been unsuccessful in gaining an offer of a place on one of our programmes we will email you and let you know the reason why.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide further feedback where an application has been unsuccessful.  

Types of Offer

If we make you an offer, it will be either conditional or unconditional.

Conditional offers

A conditional offer means that there are still requirements that you need to meet before you can progress further in the application process.  Offer conditions can relate to academic requirements, English language requirements or further information such as references or a request for portfolio, where appropriate.

If we have made you a conditional offer, the conditions will be stated in your offer email.

When you have met any conditions, you should upload the documents that show evidence of this to the postgraduate application tracker.

The Admissions Team will then assess these documents. Once have met all the conditions of your offer, we will provide you with an unconditional offer email.

If there is a deadline for meeting the conditions of your offer, this will be noted in your offer email. You must ensure that you leave enough time after meeting the conditions to make arrangements to start your course, for example if you need to arrange accommodation or a visa.

Unconditional offers

An Unconditional offer has no conditions which means that there are no further requirements that you need to meet.

Replying to your offer

For any offer received you should reply to confirm your acceptance or if you wish to decline the offer. Please use the postgraduate application tracker to do this.

Please note that you can accept only one unconditional offer. If you have been made unconditional offers for more than one programme, you will need to choose one to accept. The Admissions Team will then decline any other offers.

For applicants who require a visa, a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will not be issued until you have accepted an unconditional offer.

Further information about arriving at the University, accommodation and applying for visas will be sent out to applicants after the unconditional offer is accepted.

Next steps for international students

Paying a tuition fee deposit

If you are an international applicant, we'll normally ask you to pay a deposit on your tuition fee.  We'll tell you more about this, including information about how to make a payment, after we have issued your offer. More information is available on our international fee deposits page.

Obtaining Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) verification (if required)

If you've applied to study certain areas of science, engineering or technology, you may need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before you can be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies statement or apply for a Student visa.

Getting a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies statement

If you've applied to study with us and accepted an offer of a place, you'll need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement before you can apply for a Student visa.

Applying for a visa

If you're not a UK or Republic of Ireland national, and you don't have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may need a visa to study in the UK.

Applying for a Student visa can appear quite complex but we can guide you through every step of the process. 


If for an unforeseen reason you are not able to take up the place of an offer for the academic year you have applied for, you can defer your offer of a place for one academic year.

You can only defer your studies once. If you request to defer your offer, and then ask to defer again the following year, the Admissions Team will not be able to process the request, and a new application will have to be submitted.

You may only request a deferral up until 30 September for the following year's entry. After this date a deferral may not be possible.

To request a deferral for postgraduate taught programmes, please use the postgraduate application tracker.

Contacting us

If the University need to contact you we will do so by email so please make sure that you check the email account you used for your application on a regular basis. If you change your email address, please let us know by emailing us at, including your full name and student ID number.

You may wish to add the following addresses to your address book to avoid important messages being marked as spam:

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