How to apply for postgraduate study
Follow the steps below for a guide to the postgraduate application process.
1. Choose your course or research area
- Look for a taught course or research area on Course Finder
- Check whether there is an application deadline
- Make sure you meet all the entry requirements
- Check the fees (they vary depending on course) and living costs
- If you are applying for a postgraduate research degree only, then contact the relevant School to discuss your research proposal
Please note that funded research projects have their own application instructions that may differ from the standard postgraduate process.
2. Gather supporting documents
You will need to provide:
- Exam results (copies of original certificates or transcripts and English translations, if necessary, to prove you have the qualifications listed on your application form)
- Two references (usually at least one from a recent lecturer or professor) – download and fill out our Referee report form
- Personal statement
- Research proposal (for research students who are not applying for listed projects)
- English Language certificates (for applicants whose first language is not English) – see our English Language requirements
Documents can be uploaded as:
- Word documents (.doc or .docx)
- JPEG images (.jpeg or .jpg).
The maximum file size is 1,024Kb.
If you don’t yet have all the evidence required, you can still apply and upload your supporting documents when they become available.
3. Look into potential funding options
Visit our postgraduate funding pages to see what’s available. You cannot normally apply for funding until you have an offer to study, so it's important to apply for your chosen programme as early as possible to make time for funding applications.
Track your application
After you've submitted your application, we'll email you a username and password so you can track the progress of your application.
What if I can’t apply online?
You’ll receive an email from Academic Registry confirming your offer.
When will I receive a decision on my application?
Most applicants hear back from us within four weeks. For some courses decisions are made more quickly, although applications for research degrees can take longer.
This means you have been offered a place - congratulations!
Now all you need to do is accept the offer.
This means you have been offered a place, but something is missing from your application – most likely one of your supporting documents or you are still to complete one of the qualifications required in order to gain admission to the University. Your offer letter will clearly state what evidence needs to be supplied. Once we have everything, your offer will change to Unconditional.
What if I was unsuccessful?
You can request feedback on your application.
You can accept your offer:
Apply for funding if you need to
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