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Application process

Application deadlines and timeline

The table below provides details of deadlines relating to your application and when you can expect to hear from us.

Teaching starts for most programmes in late September. We may be able to accept late applications but if it is close to or after the beginning of September you will need to ensure that: 

  • the application is fully completed;
  • any requests for further information are responded to immediately.

The table below relates to the 2014/15 academic year.

Application stageTimeframe
Application deadline (exceptions apply below)
If there are spaces available, you can apply up to the start of your programme. If you are applying for a postgraduate taught programme from June onwards, please ensure you check there are spaces available as some programmes fill up much earlier in the year. If you are applying for funding you will need to meet any required deadlines which may be well in advance the start of your studies. There are no specific deadlines for research students, although the majority of students start in October.

Advisory deadline for international students: 9 May 2014 (due to visa processing requirements)
Advisory deadline for home/EU students: 25 July 2014
Application deadline (Business School)

There is no official deadline for applying to one of our taught Masters programmes. If however you require a visa to study in the UK you will need to allow a minimum of 8 weeks to undertake the admissions and visa application process (please note that the University cannot guarantee visa application times). We strongly advise that you apply as soon as possible: we may not be able to accept your application if all places have been reserved by other applicants who have paid their deposit.

Applications received before the 25 January 2014 are guaranteed consideration and an offer may be made. After this date we cannot guarantee that your application will be considered, although we will indicate on our website if programmes have closed.

Application deadline (College of Humanities) Advisory deadline for international students: 9 May 2014 (due to visa processing requirements)

Advisory deadline for Home/EU students: 25 July 2014

Application deadline (MA Applied Security Strategy) Application deadline: 27 June 2014
Application deadline
(MSc Conservation and Biodiversity
MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, MSc Applied Ecology)
Due to the high volume of applications received, completed applications will be processed on the third Monday of each month. If numbers are particularly high, it is possible that applications received on the Monday itself will not be processed until the following month. Decisions will be communicated at the end of each month.
Email acknowledgement of receipt of your application Within 2 working days of receipt.
Notification of our decision via email. Please note, that hard copy letters are not routinely sent MSc Mining Geology: if eligible, you will receive an interview invitation email detailing the interview dates and times. The interview dates are 17 January, 14 February and 14 March. We aim to make a decision within 20 working days of each interview date. For further information please contact
Taught degrees: we aim to make a decision 20 working days from receipt of required supporting documents.  During peak periods, if an application has to be referred to an Academic College or if you apply after the advisory deadlines a decision may take longer.
Research degrees: all applications have to be referred to Academic Colleges for a decision.  The Colleges aim to make a decision 8 to 10 weeks depending on supporting documentation required but during peak/teaching vacation periods this may take longer.
Deadline for all required supporting documents 2 months of your initial application. Please see our Supporting documents section for information on the minimum documentation we need to make an initial decision. Your application will be withdrawn if these documents are not received in this time.
Deadline for responding to your offer As specified in your offer letter.
Deposit payment deadline* As specified in your offer letter.
Accommodation application deadline** Please contact the Accommodation Office
Deadline for meeting any outstanding offer conditions MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management 25 July 2014 for entry in September 2014.
31 August 2014 for programmes beginning 23 September 2014.
4 weeks before the official start date for all other programmes.
Freshers' Week/New Student Registration 13-21 September 2014

** You must hold a firmly accepted offer before you can apply for accommodation.