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Applicant FAQs

Yes, you can view the status of your application on The Gateway. Details of how to access this are included in your application acknowledgement email. You can also use The Gateway to upload outstanding documentation, to accept an offer we have made, request a deferral, request an extension to your deposit deadline and view any correspondence we have sent you. If you submitted a paper application, please contact Admissions if you require a status update.

Our offer email contains guidance notes on how to accept your offer. These can also be viewed here.

You can accept your offer by visiting The Gateway here. You may also need to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer. This will be stated in your offer letter, along with an associated deadline.  Further details about tuition fee deposits can be found here.

You will need to send us an English language test certificate of results which meet the requirements specified in your offer. You can upload a scanned copy of your results on The Gateway.. For further information about which tests and scores are acceptable please see English Language requirements.

If you are asked to complete a DBS check this is because it is likely you are going to be working with vulnerable adults or children whilst studying on your programme. If you have lived within the UK during the last 5 years we will ask you to undertake a UK DBS check. If you have lived outside the UK for more than 12 months within the last 10 years you will need to provide a police check or certificate of good conduct from that country. These checks are independent of each other and it is your responsibility to provide the non-UK police check. Full details will be sent you with your offer. For further information is given on our Disclosure and Barring Service page.

All students must use a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for a Student Visa. The University will generate a CAS number for an applicant once their offer is unconditional and has been firmly accepted. The CAS number will sent via email, as will the CAS Statement. Applicants must ensure all details in the CAS are correct before submitting a visa application. For further information please visit our International Student Support website.

Yes - all postgraduate taught offer holders for full-time taught programmes need to pay a deposit to secure their place unless they are being fully sponsored. Further details on how to pay it and by when can be found here.

If you are in receipt of an approved scholarship or studentship covering your full tuition fees and can provide documentary evidence of this, you will be exempt from paying a deposit. Further information can be found here.

If you're applying for a UK postgraduate loan we will automatically extend your deposit deadline until 31 July 2021, and the deposit amount will be reduced to £250. All you need to do is tell us this is the case. To do so please contact us via our enquiry form.

Please be aware that if you pay £1,000 of your deposit and subsequently apply for a UK postgraduate loan, that the deposit will be non-refundable except in cases that fall within the policy as outlined above.

No. When you accept your place on a programme you are committing to that specific programme. Any other offers you may be holding will be released.

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

Start dateDeadline
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.

No. Your deposit will be rolled over with your application to the next admissions cycle. If you apply to defer for a second year, you will need to reapply and your deposit will not be refunded unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Yes. You will need to contact Admissions and request the change. We will check there are places available and that you are eligible. Once this is confirmed, we will send you a new offer email. Please be aware that if you require a Student Visa you will need to check UKVI regulations, as it is not always possible to study part-time.

It is sometimes possible to change programmes. If the programme you wish to change to is within the same discipline please contact Admissions, providing us with details of the programme you wish to be considered for. If you are wishing to apply to a programme that is in a different discipline you will need to submit a new application via your Gateway.

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.

Exeter Accommodation Office 
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722524

Cornwall Accommodation Office
+44 (0) 1326 253639

You will need your 9-digit Exeter Student Number, your Date of Birth and Full Name.  Details of how to pay can be found on our Make a Payment pages.

After making a successful payment, you will receive one of the following dependant on the payment method:

  • Online debit or credit card payments: a confirmation email from quoting a unique reference number. The payment should reach the University within 2 working days of the payment being made.
  • GlobalPay for students: a reference number that can be used to track your payment via!/tracking. Please note that international bank transfers can ake up to 10 days to reach the University.

Once your payment has reached Admissions, your status will be updated and an email confirmation sent. You will be able to view this on your GatewayPLEASE NOTE - this can take up to 10 working days after a payment is made.

You need to provide us with a reference from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Full details of what a reference needs to contain and how to send it to Postgraduate Admissions can be found here.

Please note that we will not contact a referee and make a reference request on your behalf.