You can apply for one of our Masters courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read our 2017 entry admissions policy or our admissions policy for 2018

International applicants

As an international applicant we recommend you use the services of our overseas representatives to make your application.  

If you are a non UK/ EEA applicant we advise you to visit the Home Office website to check visa entry requirements for studying in the UK.

Step 1 – find your course

Our full list of Masters courses can be found in our coursefinder. Some of our courses have an application deadline, for example in the Business School and Faculty of Engineering so please check on coursefinder before applying. Please make sure that you are able to meet the following requirements of your chosen course before you apply:

If you have not yet met the entry requirements (eg you’re still studying for the appropriate qualifications) you can still apply for a course. You may receive an offer of a place on the condition that you meet the requirements before you start your course.

The Steps to Postgraduate Study website, sponsored by the UK funding bodies, provides information for UK, EU and international students who are thinking about applying for Masters programmes. 

Step 2 – apply

We have introduced a new online application system for students applying for Masters courses with a start date of September 2017. Applications for 2018 onwards are not yet open.

If you are unsure which form you need to use, or you experience any difficulties applying online, please contact our admissions team

Whichever form you are using you will be able to log in and track the progress of your application at any time.

Saving your application

You can save your application at any time so you do not need to fully complete it in one session. However your application may be deleted after six weeks if you do not submit it.

Supporting documentation

Make sure you have all your supporting documents scanned and ready to upload with your online application. All documents should be in English, or sent with certified translations into English. Without copies of the required documents we will be unable to make you an offer.

Required documents include:

  • degree certificate and academic transcripts
  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • scanned copies of any UK visa/permits you hold currently or have previously held if you are applying as an international student

If you are given an offer you will not be able to register as a student of the University until we have seen and accepted the original hard copies of your academic documents.


For the majority of our courses, you will need to submit names and contact details for two referees in support of your application.

If you are applying through our new system for entry from September 2017 onwards, when you have provided details of your referees we may contact them on your behalf to request a reference. Some schools expect you to contact your referee to ensure a reference is sent to the University. If you are unsure whether you need to contact your referee please contact your academic school directly

If you are applying for a course starting before September 2017, it is your responsibility to contact your referees to request references. The University will not contact referees on your behalf.

Download our reference request form for your referees to complete and return to your academic school. If you are unsure whether your references are acceptable please contact your academic school directly

For full guidance on submitting references please see our taught Masters admissions policy

Step 3 – we process your application

Your academic school may contact you directly if they require any further information or for example, you are invited for an interview or audition.

Step 4 – we let you know our decision

If your application is successful you will receive an offer letter. Occasionally the school may think that it is more appropriate to offer you a place on a different Masters course. In this case we would notify you of a change of course offer, and you could see the details of this by logging in to your applicant portal.

Step 5 – respond to your offer

You can accept, decline or defer your offer online. If you require a visa to study in the UK, please read our visas and immigration pages carefully to find out what you need to do next.

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University. In order to be assigned a CAS you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500. You will be prompted to make this payment once you have supplied all the necessary information.