After you apply
After your application has been received we will create an applicant record for you and you will be assigned a student identification 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 all relevant academic, English language, references and research proposals (postgraduate research programmes only) are received your application will be forwarded to either an academic admissions tutor or to a centralised decision maker within the Admissions team.
If we 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, including your full name and applicant number. You may wish to add the following addresses to your address book to avoid important messages being marked as spam:
When a decision has been made
We will contact you by email or letter when a decision is made. If we have offered you a study place, we will provide you with either an official electronic offer letter or hard copy offer letter (postgraduate research only) detailing any conditions and the amount payable for the tuition fees.
If you have been unsuccessful in gaining an offer of a place on one of our programmes we will write to you and let you know the reason why.
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 letter. When you have met these conditions you should email the team with the appropriate documents that prove you have met the conditions. When you have met all the conditions of your offer, we will provide you with a new, unconditional offer email/letter.
Except where indicated in the offer letter, there are no specific deadlines for meeting the conditions of your offer. However make sure 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. This should be done via email. For postgraduate international applicants please email email@example.com. For postgraduate UK applicants please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postgraduate research applicants should contact the academic department directly. The contact details for your department will be included in your offer letter.
Applicants should aim to reply to offers within 6 weeks. Further information about accommodation and applying for visas will be sent out to applicants after the offer is accepted.
Please note that you can accept only one Unconditional offer of a place. If you have been made Unconditional offers for more than one course, you will need to choose which course to accept. You should then decline the other offers.
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 after you accept an Unconditional offer. We will tell you more about this, including how you can pay after we have made you an unconditional offer.
More information is available on our Tuition Fee Deposits webpage:
Applying for a visa (international applicants only)
If you will need a visa to study in the UK, you can find more information about when and how we will arrange your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number on our CAS pages.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
If you need Entry Clearance to study in the UK, you will also be legally required to provide an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.
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 year.
To request a deferral for postgraduate taught programmes you should contact central admissions using either email@example.com (international and EU applicants) or firstname.lastname@example.org (UK applicants only). To request a deferral for postgraduate research programmes you should contact your academic department whose contact details will be on your offer letter.