How to apply for a postgraduate degree

For those looking to study a postgraduate taught course, whether part-time or full-time, we recommend following the steps below to help guide you through the application process.

If you are applying for a postgraduate research degree, please visit our application tips for research degrees webpage.

Step 1: Choose the perfect course for you


Our course listings page showcases our postgraduate taught degrees for you to choose from.

If you’re struggling with what to choose, why not come along to our next Postgraduate Open day and explore your options?

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Step 2: Check


Check you are eligible for the course and meet the entry requirements – these are outlined on all our course pages.

For most postgraduate courses you can apply throughout the year, although we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place, as courses will close to new applications once capacity has been reached. Deadline dates for postgraduate taught applications are normally one week before the start date of the course. Deadline dates for international applicants will be earlier due to immigration requirements.

Please note, you are expected to enrol within three weeks of the start date of your course. If you are unable to enrol by the enrolment deadline, it may be possible to defer your place to the next available start date of the course.

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Step 3: Plan


You will be required to write a Personal Statement as part of the application.  You will also be required to upload supporting documents. To save time, make sure you have the following scanned and ready to upload with your online application:

  1. A copy of your academic certificates (including English Language Certificates, where applicable)
  2. A copy of the full transcript of your academic results
  3. A copy of Photographic ID, this can be a Passport or UK Driving Licence (Provisional Licence is accepted)
  4. If you have been advised to do so, a copy of your C.V.

Depending on the course you apply for, you may be asked to provide a portfolio.

If your course does not require some or any of the additional documents, there will not be an option to provide them in the application form and there is no need to submit them separately.

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Step 4: Funding


You can see a full list of postgraduate course fees on our Fees and Finance webpage, and on each individual course listing.

Many students fund their own postgraduate study, however you may be eligible for a Master’s loan or other financial support. Our funding pages contain all the information you need on finance options, including our 10% alumni discount for home students (terms and conditions apply).

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Step 5: Apply


Application methods vary depending on the course, this will be stated on the course page. Please use the following guide to understand the best way to apply for your chosen degree:

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Postgraduate  taught degrees

To apply for the majority of our postgraduate full-time and part-time programmes please complete our online application form.

If you are an international student please complete our international application form. 

For all distance learning courses, both home and international, please complete our online application form

PGCE Teacher Training

To apply for a PGCE Teacher Training course you can apply using the GOV.UK service called Apply for teacher training

Nursing and Social Work courses

For our Nursing and Social Work courses please apply through the UCAS Undergraduate: Apply and Track webpage

Postgraduate research degrees

For more information on how to apply for our research degrees, including tips on how to write your research proposal, please click here: How to apply for a research degree


What happens next?

We’ll send you an acknowledgement via email so that you know we’ve received your application.

You may be asked for additional documents to complete the application process or undertake an interview for certain courses.  We’ll let you know what you need to do next in this case. 

We’ll give your application careful consideration, and you will be notified of the outcome.  If you are accepted to study here, you will receive a conditional or unconditional offer by email.

Secure your place: You need to review your offer letter and confirm whether you wish to accept this by emailing as soon as possible to secure your place.

Visit our after you apply page for further details.


Deferring your entry

If you wish to start your studies the year after you apply you can request a deferred start date for your preferred course by emailing us at


International students

If you are an international student applying for a postgraduate degree read more about our international entry requirements. To find out if you require a visa, please read through our visa requirements page for further information.

Please note that the University has formal entry requirements for applicants whose first language of instruction is not English. These are normally English Language qualifications, which we recognise as meeting our entry criteria. Requirements may vary between programmes and subjects, so you are advised to check these carefully when going through the specific course information.


Fees and Finance

Everything you need to know about tuition fees and payment information.

What happens after you apply?

More information about the next steps in your application journey including accepting your offer and some key dates for your diary.

Admissions policies and data protection

Admissions policies and data protection information for postgraduate applicants.