After you apply
After your application has been received we will create an applicant record for you and you will be assigned a student reference number (student ID) that will be quoted on all correspondence with you. Once the application is processed you will 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 assessed 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
Research proposals (postgraduate research programmes only)
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 email@example.com, 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:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Enquiries Team)
email@example.com (International applicants)
firstname.lastname@example.org (UK applicants)
Checking the status of your application
Our Postgraduate Application Tracker is available for Postgraduate Taught applicants to check the status of their offer. You can access this tool at Postgraduate Application Tracker.
For Postgraduate research applicants, please contact the academic department directly for an update.
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.
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.
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.
Postgraduate research applicants should contact the academic department directly. The contact details for your department will be included in your offer email.
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.
Tuition fee deposits for International applicants
If you are an International applicant, we will normally ask you to pay a deposit on your tuition fee as part of a condition of your offer. We will 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 Tuition Fee Deposits webpage:
Applying for a visa (international applicants only)
If you need a Student visa to study in the UK, you can find more information about when and how we will arrange your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number on our CAS pages.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a Government verification scheme for International students. ATAS is compulsory for ALL International (Non-EU) offer holders who are applying for a programme that requires ATAS clearance. This includes current students who wish to change programmes from a non-ATAS programme to an ATAS programme, student visitors and study abroad students.
It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you. Find out more about this scheme on our ATAS page.
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.
To request a deferral for postgraduate taught programmes, please use the Postgraduate Application Tracker.
To request a deferral for postgraduate research programmes you should contact your academic department whose contact details will be on your offer email.