Applications for Masters courses are submitted online and you will be able to track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read our Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy for 2020/21 (PDF) or our Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy for 2021/22.
If you are an international applicant we recommend you use the services of our overseas representatives to make your application. We also advise that you visit the UK government website to check the visa requirements for studying in the UK.
Step 1 – find your course
Our full list of Masters courses can be found in our Coursefinder. Course start dates and application deadlines vary, so please check the details of your chosen course before applying. If no deadline is given, we advise applying by July where possible, particularly for international applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK.
Before you apply, please make sure that you will be able to meet the following requirements:
- the academic entry requirements for your course, as listed on Coursefinder. If you have studied overseas, check the equivalent international entry requirements
- the University’s English language requirements
- the financial requirements
If you are still studying for the appropriate qualifications and have not yet met the entry requirements, you can usually 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 and international students who are thinking about applying for Masters programmes.
Step 2 – apply
Applications open each October for courses starting in the next academic year.
To apply, submit an application using our online application portal. You will be able to log in and track the progress of your application at any time. There is no application fee.
If you experience any difficulties, please contact our Admissions Enquiries team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saving your application
You can save your application at any point so you do not need to fully complete it in one session. However, your application may be deleted after 180 days if you do not submit it within this time.
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.
Required documents include:
- your degree certificate and academic transcripts (or a partial/interim transcript, if you are still studying). Please also include a grading scale if this is not clear from your transcripts
- evidence of your English language proficiency, if you have it
- scanned copies of any UK visas/permits/CASs you currently hold or have previously held, if you are applying as an international student.
Depending on the course you apply for, you may be asked to provide additional documentation, such as:
- a personal statement
- a CV
- a portfolio
- translation tests.
If your course requires a personal statement, you will find guidance within the application form. We advise that you write your statement separately and then either upload it as a document or copy the text into the application.
If your course does not require some or any of the additional documents there will be no option to provide them in the application form. There is no need to submit them separately.
When you apply you may be required to nominate two referees who have knowledge of your academic and/or professional ability. They should usually be a lecturer or supervisor at your last educational institution. However, if you have been out of education for more than five years or are applying with evidence of work experience, it may be appropriate to choose work-related referees. It is your responsibility to ensure that the referees you nominate are able and willing to provide a reference for you.
References are not requested automatically when an application is submitted. Instead, the admissions team will first assess your application to see if a decision can be made without references. If references are needed, the admissions team will then email your referees using the details you provided.
Please note that for some courses we do not require references, so you will not be asked to provide any referee details when you apply. There is no need to provide references separately.
Step 3 – we process your application
Your academic school may contact you directly if they require any further information or wish to invite you for an interview or audition. You will receive a notification email asking you to check your applicant portal for more details.
Typically, once an application has been submitted and all necessary documentation has been received, we aim to make decisions within six to eight weeks. However, due to a very high volume of applications it may take longer for your application to be reviewed at this time. We will contact you as soon as an update is available.
The exception to this is if you have applied to a course that is operating a staged admissions process. In this instance, applications are assessed against others received during the same stage, with deadlines throughout the year by when you can expect to receive a decision. A staged admissions process is in place for some or all courses in the following academic schools:
- Business School
- School of Computing
- School of Design
- School of Education
- School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
- School of Law
- School of Mathematics
- School of Media and Communication
- School of Sociology and Social Policy
If you have a scholarship deadline, please notify your academic school using the My Enquiries section of our online application portal and they will try to make a decision in time.
Step 4 – we let you know our decision
We will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. If your application is successful you will be able to view your offer letter in the Decisions section of our online application portal. If your offer is unconditional, we will also send a copy of your offer letter by post.
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 would be able to see the details by logging in to your applicant portal.
For most courses, there is no deadline to accept an offer or to meet any offer conditions. We just ask that you ensure you leave yourself enough time to complete the admissions process and prepare to start your course. However, deadlines may be in place for courses in the following academic schools:
Deadlines may also be place if you will be taking a pre-sessional English language course before your Masters degree.
For more detail, please see our information on postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.