After you apply
We will acknowledge receipt of your application via email within two working days. If you do not receive this email within the stated timeframe please contact us via our enquiry form. We would strongly recommend that you check your email settings before applying to ensure @exeter.ac.uk email addresses are not blocked or sent to your spam or junk mail folders.
For postgraduate taught applications, once we have received all the necessary supporting documentation, we aim to notify you of our decision within 20 working days from the date when we acknowledge receipt of your application. However, this can take longer at peak periods or if you have not supplied an email address.
Can I appeal a decision?
If your application has been unsuccessful you can appeal the decision by contacting us via our enquiry form. This must be done within a maximum of three months of receiving your decision. You need to include details of the programme for which you applied, your Exeter Reference Number, and your grounds for appeal. You can only appeal against a decision once.
If you have been offered a place at Exeter, you will have received an offer email and a formal offer letter. Your offer letter will include information on your programme of study, tuition fees, deposits, your start date and any academic/non-academic conditions you may need to satisfy. Please read the letter carefully, as it will contain all of the information you will need to make your decision regarding your offer.
Your offer will be either Conditional or Unconditional:
- Conditional means that you have not yet satisfied our academic, English language or any other entry requirements. Details of our offer conditions and how you can satisfy these requirements (including paying your deposit) will be given in your offer letter.
- Unconditional means that you satisfy all our academic, English language or other conditions
Responding to your offer
As Exeter is a popular university, to secure your place you need to respond to your offer in writing or by paying a deposit if it was required. You should accept your offer (and pay a deposit if required) by the deadline stated in your offer letter or as soon as possible in order to secure your place. We are happy to consider extending a deadline if you require it, but will require you to contact us as soon as possible requesting an extension and advising of your preferred date. If we have not heard from you by the stated deadline or by the official start date of your programme, whichever is earlier, we reserve the right to withdraw your application.
To accept and secure your place
If you have an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate programme you will need to pay your deposit to secure your place. You should pay your deposit by the deadline even if you have not yet met all the conditions of your offer. In the meantime you can initially accept your offer on your Gateway.
If you have an offer for a part-time or research degree, you should accept your offer on your Gateway to confirm your place.
Our deadline for meeting all the conditions of your offer is normally 31 August if you are applying for entry in September. (This date is particularly important for international students due to visa application deadlines). This means that you will need to supply the required documentation demonstrating that you have met any outstanding conditions in terms of academic requirements, English language and/or references as detailed in your offer letter or inform us by 31 August what conditions you have still to meet and the date by which you expect to be able to meet them.
If we do not hear from you by the deadline date for meeting the conditions of your offer we reserve the right to either withdraw or defer your application to the following year.
In order to receive a formal Unconditional offer letter, or, for international students to be allocated with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies which will enable you to apply for a General (Adult) Student Tier 4 visa (if applicable) you will need to:
1. Meet your academic conditions by providing copies of degree certificates, transcripts and references as explained in your Conditional offer letter.
2. Demonstrate that you have reached the required standard of English language competence by providing an English language test certificate of results which meet the scores specified in your Conditional offer letter. Offer holders who successfully complete a six or ten week pre-sessional English course at INTO University of Exeter and meet the requirements for progression to their chosen degree are not required to undertake an additional IELTS or TOEFL test. Please note that we do not accept pre-sessional courses delivered by other INTO centres or organisations.
Certificates and transcripts
Please send scanned or certified copies of certificates, transcripts and/or English language qualifications and not the originals; however, in order to apply for a UK student visa and register at the start of your programme you will need to produce your original certificates and transcripts, including certified translation if they are not in English. If you do post original documents to us you will need to notify the University within three months if you wish them to be returned to you.
3. Pay your tuition fee deposit
If you have an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate programme, you will also need to pay a tuition fee deposit to confirm your place and we will start the process for issuing your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (for international students who require a student visa) or unconditional offer letter. We reserve the right to withdraw your offer if you have not paid your deposit by the required deadline.
Please note that if you require a student visa, you will not automatically be sent an unconditional offer letter. If you require an unconditional offer letter please contact us via our enquiry form to request one (please ensure you quote your full name, Exeter reference number and programme of study in any correspondence).
4. Complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly Criminal Records Bureau) Enhanced check if required. Information will be included in your offer letter if this applies to you. Please note that we will require the original copy of your DBS check certificate before you can be considered to have completed this condition and allowed to register with the University.
Offer holders who successfully complete a six or ten week pre-sessional English course at INTO University of Exeter and meet the requirements for progression to their chosen degree are not required to undertake an additional IELTS or TOEFL test. Please note that we do not accept pre-sessional courses delivered by other INTO centres or organisations.
Requests for deferral will be considered on a case by case basis.
Applicants wishing to defer will need to put their request in writing and submit it via our enquiry form (please ensure you quote your Exeter Reference Number – which can be found on the top of your original offer email). We aim to notify applicants of an outcome within 10 working days (please note, that for research applicants the timeframe may be longer as we will need to check supervisors' availability).
Applicants are only permitted to defer entry once. Subsequent to this, a new application will be required which will be considered in line with others applying for entry in that year.
Deadline for requesting a deferral
|Programmes commencing in September||30 September|
|All other start dates||Within 4 weeks of the start date of your programme|
Applicants who do not request a deferral within this timeframe will be required to reapply, as your original application and documentation will not be retained.
We guarantee University accommodation to all new unaccompanied international postgraduates from outside the EU.* Once you have firmly accepted your place (for full-time taught postgraduate programmes you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit to firmly accept your place), you are eligible to apply for University accommodation.
*Study must be for a minimum one full-year; no such guarantee exists for further years of study. University accommodation is owned, managed or approved by the University. You are defined as an international student only if you pay international student fees. Please apply by the 31 July.
Details of registration, including collecting your Unicard and registering for an IT account, are sent out to new students from August onwards.
If you are a UK/EU student and have not sent copies of your documents to the University previously, you will be required to present your passport, transcripts, degree certificate and (if required) English Language certificate.
If you are an international student, even if you have presented these documents previously, you are required to present your visa or entry clearance form, along with your passport, original or certified copies of your transcripts, degree certificate and (if required) English Language certificate.
All certificates, transcripts or Certificates of Qualification submitted must give the final degree classification, grade, percentage or CGPA awarded. Where a certificate/transcript is not in English an official translation must be provided.
All your documents need to be seen and verified before you will be permitted to register.
If you are a graduate of the University of Exeter**, you are not required to submit evidence of your qualification since we hold a record of your degree.
** Please note this does not apply to degrees taken at another institution but validated by the University.
Original certificates (not copies) must meet the following criteria to be accepted:
1. University certificates/transcripts need to be on official headed and stamped paper.
2. Original certificate(s) of qualification. Must clearly show;
- the students name; and
- the title of the award; and
- the date of the award; and
- the name of the awarding institution
3. Transcript of results. Must clearly show:
- the students name; and
- the name of the academic institution; and
- your course title; and
- the confirmation of the award
The University of Exeter requests that applicants do not send original documents in advance of arrival at the University as we cannot guarantee their return.
Certified copies will only be accepted if they meet the following criteria:
The document must be certified by professional person or someone well-respected in your community. The University of Exeter will accept the following:
- bank or building society official
- police officer
- teacher or lecturer
- official authorised Agent of the University of Exeter
The person you ask must not be:
- related to you
- living at the same address
- in a relationship with you
The person will need to certify the copy by:
- writing ‘certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ on the document
- signing and dating it
- printing their name under the signature
- adding their occupation, address and telephone number
The person certifying the document may charge you a fee.
Where a document is not in English or Welsh, the original must be accompanied by a fully certified translation provided by a professional translator/translation company.
This translation must include:
- details of the translator/translation company’s credentials; and
- confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document; and
- the translator/translation company’s contact details.
It must also be dated and include the original signature of the translator or an authorised official of the translation company.
Translation companies will charge you a fee.