My offer

How do I know if you have received my application?

Once we receive your application, we will send an email to acknowledge receipt within 1-2 working days. The email will include your student ID and application number which you should use if you need to make an enquiry on the progress of your application and will also include instructions for logging into Applicant-Self-Service.

How long will it take to hear a decision?

We aim to respond to your application within 2 weeks but for some programmes and during busy times, this may take longer. We will respond with either a decision or notice that your application is being held pending a review of a group of applications together. To allow us to deal with your application as quickly as possible, we ask that you attach all required documents to your application and that you do not enquire about your application until 4 weeks have expired.

What happens if I have not attached all the required documents to my application?

If you have not attached all the documents that we require before we can make a decision then your application status will be changed to ‘Holding for Documents’ and an email will be sent to you requesting the required documents. When you receive this email, you should upload the required document(s) through Applicant-Self-Service.

In some cases we may be able to make a decision even if you have not attached all of the required documents, provided that you have uploaded a full current transcript. In such cases, any offer would be conditional on providing the required documents. You can find more information in the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page.

What happens if I'm offered a place?

Your offer will either be conditional or unconditional and you will be asked to accept or decline this as soon as possible. You can accept your offer through Applicant Self Service by clicking on the ‘Accept/Decline link’ for your chosen programme under the ‘Admissions Section’ at the bottom of the Applicant-Self-Service screen.

Please note that if you accept a conditional offer then the offer status on Applicant Self-Service will change to ‘Documents required’ to indicate that the application requires further documents in order that the conditions can be met.

Please ensure that you accept your offer as soon as possible as accepting your offer late may cause delays in the production of your registration pack and, if you are an international student, the production of your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

For select programmes you may also be asked to pay a deposit to secure your offer and more information can be found on the Deposits page. 

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

If your application is unsuccessful then we will send you an email to inform you of this which will outline the reason why we have been unable to offer you a place on this particular programme. Please note that your application status will be updated to 'Unsuccessful/Withdrawn' on Applicant-Self Service.

How do I change my conditional offer to unconditional?

If you receive a conditional offer, you will be asked to upload additional supporting documents through Applicant-Self-Service to meet the conditions of your offer. Your offer letter will list all the conditions that apply to your offer and you can also find these conditions on your 'To Do' list on Applicant-Self-Service where you can also upload the required document(s). You do not need to contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team when you have uploaded your supporting documents through Applicant-Self-Service as we will be notified automatically that you have uploaded documents.

Please note that once you have uploaded documents to your application through Applicant Self-Service the items on your 'To do' list on Applicant Self-Service will not instantly disappear and you will need to wait until an admissions officer has reviewed your documents and updated the status of your application. The time it takes for an admissions officer to review documents varies depending on the time of year and the type of document uploaded but you should normally see an update to your 'To do' list in 2-5 working days.

If all the conditions of your offer have been met then you will be issued with an unconditional offer letter by email.

Do I need to accept my unconditional offer?

We ask you to accept your unconditional offer within 4 weeks of receiving your offer. If you are an international student then, once you have accepted your unconditional offer, we will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) necessary to apply for a visa. We normally begin issuing CAS four months before the start of your course and a CAS will not be issued until you have accepted an unconditional offer.

Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my place?

For select programmes you will be asked for a deposit to demonstrate your commitment to attend the programme and secure your offer of a place. Deposits are normally only requested from international students and must normally be paid by the deadline specified on your offer letter or deposit request email. More information about deposits, including a list of the programmes that require a deposit, can be found on the Deposits page. If you are an international student then, for programmes that require a deposit, we will only issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once the deposit has been paid.