How to apply for Masters courses  How to apply | information for agents

Applications open each October for courses starting in the next academic year.

Please use our agent portal to submit applications on behalf of your applicants. This automatically links their accounts to your agency so you will be able to track their progress in the portal and will be notified by email when more information is needed or decisions are made.

When logged in, you will be able to access all the applications submitted by you or other agents in your office and see all the correspondence between you and the University.

Please note that access to the agent portal is currently only available to contracted agents.

Getting access to the agent portal

If you have not already been set up on the portal as a partner agent, to request access please email the International Office on Once we have validated your details we will send you an email with an invitation code that you need to redeem in order to complete your registration.

It may take a few days for the invitation code to be sent to you. If you have not received it or the system tells you that the invitation code has expired or is invalid, please email the International Office on

Please note that your email address will be your username and it must be unique; you cannot have several users with the same email address. 

Access problems and changing your details

You can change your name, email address and password on your profile page on the portal. You can also reset your password by clicking 'Forgot your password?' on the sign in page.

If you have been locked out of your account, please email the Admissions Enquiries team on

Submitting applications

To submit applications via the portal you first have to create an applicant record, containing the applicant's personal details. Please make sure you enter the applicant's own email address on their record; the applicant will then be able to set up their own portal account, where they will be able to see the same information and take the same actions as you.

Once you have created an account for the applicant, you will be able to start an application. The information that you are required to provide may vary depending on the course. You are able to upload supporting documents of up to 15MB per file. Please wait until you have all the required documents before applying.

After submitting an application you are given the option to download a summary as a PDF. You will not be able to download this again at a later stage; however, the applicant will be able to do so through their own portal. 

The submitted application will be read-only so you will no longer be able to edit it directly. To request any changes or submit any further information, you will need to contact us through the Enquiries section of the portal.

Monitoring applications and responding to offers

The latest status of an application can be viewed in the agent portal. Unfortunately, we are not usually able to respond to requests for an update, though please be assured that we will contact you by email and/or in the portal if the admissions team has requested further information, if an applicant is invited to an interview and once a decision has been made.  

For some courses, we use a staged admissions process. This means that each application will be assessed against all the other applications received for the course during a specific period of time. You will receive a decision by a set date, which is determined by when the application was submitted. If you submit an application to a course taught by one of the following academic schools, please check their website for information on whether a staged admissions process is in place for the course and when to expect a decision:

For courses where we do not assess applications in stages, we aim to make decisions within six to eight weeks if all necessary documents have been received. However, due to a very high volume of applications it may take longer for applications to be reviewed. We will contact you as soon as an update is available.

You can see the outcomes of your submitted applications within the Decisions section. If an offer has been issued, you will be able to download a copy of the offer letter, upload evidence to meet any offer conditions and accept or decline the offer.

For conditional offers, applicants must typically meet their offer conditions by six weeks before the start date of the course. Once an applicant has received and accepted an unconditional offer, we will ask them to pay a tuition fee deposit or provide appropriate exemption evidence by four weeks before the start date of the course.

If the applicant will be taking a pre-sessional English language course at our Language Centre before their Masters degree, different deadlines apply. For more details, please see our deadlines for pre-sessional English courses.

It is not possible to defer an offer for entry to a later year – you would need to reapply once applications opened for the new intake.

Communicating with the University via the portal

Within the portal there is an Enquiries section, where you can ask queries about applications and provide additional information or documents.

To send an enquiry, you will first need to search for the applicant in the Applicants section. This will take you to the applicant homepage. You will then be able to open the Enquiries section and create a new enquiry. We will respond to you in the portal as soon as possible and will also notify you by email.

If we need to request further information from you we will do so via the Messages section of the portal. You should respond to the message via the portal and attach any relevant documents. 

The student will also be able to view and send enquiries and reply to messages when logged in to the applicant portal.