London-based MSc admissions FAQs

1 - Applying to the School

How do I apply?

All applicants should apply online using our online Applicant Portal. Once you have carefully researched your chosen programme(s), please read through our online application guidance notes, which contain useful guidance on how to complete the application form and the supporting documents that will need to be submitted. 

Is there a deadline for applications?

Yes, please see the application deadlines webpage.

What constitutes a complete application?

A complete application must have all the mandatory fields filled in on the application form, all mandatory documents must have been provided (please see application form guidance notes for a list of these) and both of your references must have been received.

Please note, we will not be able to consider your application until it is complete.

If any of this information is missing or incomplete, our Admissions team will contact you via email specifying the information that is missing from your application, how to send it to us and the time frame in which you have to provide it.

Please note, we will not be able to consider incomplete applications. If we do not receive the requested information within the specified time frame we may withdraw your application.

I’ve received an email explaining that my application is on hold, what does that mean?

If you have received an email from our Admissions team stating that your application has been put on hold, please read the details of this email carefully as this will specify the reason why it is on hold and information on the items that are missing from your application, how to send it to us and the time frame in which you have to provide it.

Please note, we will not be able to consider incomplete applications. If we do not receive the requested information within the specified time frame we may withdraw your application.

Can I study part-time?

Please visit our Mode of Study information webpage, which lists all of our programmes by their valid mode of study. Please note, international students who are subject to Tier 4 visa regulations, are not permitted to study on a part-time basis.

Can I apply for more than one MSc programme?

You may apply for a maximum of two MSc programmes per admissions cycle. Your application will be considered sequentially, so it is important to list your programme choices in order of preference.

Please note, if you are made an Offer of Admission for your first choice, your application will not be considered for your second choice, unless you decline this Offer of Admission.

When do programmes start?

Registration for MSc programmes occurs once a year, normally in September. Offer of Admission letters will confirm official programme start dates. View term dates.

Please see the application deadlines webpage for further information about when to apply.

How should I submit my references?

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to provide two referee contact details. Once you submit your online application, an automated email will be sent to your referees with a link to an online form, which they must complete.

If you have provided a personal email address for one or both of your referees, please request that they upload a reference document which is signed, dated, and on headed paper to prove affiliation with their institution or company. The reference should be dated within the last 12 months. They can upload the document via the link given, or alternatively send it to the Admissions team at If you are able to provide a work email address instead, please get in touch with Admissions to change the details of your referee.

The Admissions team will contact applicants once their referees have submitted a reference. We strongly advise that you contact your referees prior to submitting your application to the School in order to ensure that they are happy to provide a reference to support for your application. Please also make them aware that we will be contacting them directly via email.

Can I submit two academic references?

If you do not have any work experience, you may provide contact details of two academic referees.

Can I submit an application before I have taken an English language test?


However, please note, if you submit an application prior to taking an English language test and are subsequently made an Offer of Admission, we will specify this as a condition of your offer, along with a deadline as to when we will require the results of your test.

We encourage applicants to make preparations to take an English language test as soon as they can.

Full details regarding the School's minimum English language entry requirements can be found in the School's general entry requirements.

I have an overseas qualification – how do I know if it is equivalent to a 2:2 UK Bachelors honours degree?

Once you have submitted your application, the School’s Admissions team will assess your qualifications using the UK NARIC database.

If your qualification does not meet the School's minimum entrance requirements, but you have relevant professional experience, you still may be made an Offer of Admission – your application will be considered as a ‘special case’, which will be reviewed by the relevant Programme Director and the Taught Programme Director.

Are my qualifications and/or work experience suitable?

Please contact the Admissions team for advice as to the suitability of your qualifications. Please ensure that you include full details of your qualification, including the full, untranslated title and awarding institution, as well as information about the programme content and assessment structure. This will help us respond to your query efficiently.

If you are unsure whether your work experience or academic qualifications are suitable, you should contact the relevant MSc Programme Director who will be able to discuss this with you further. Programme Director contact details can be found on the individual programme pages in the Study section of the website.

Will I be interviewed?

Some Programme Directors may choose to interview applicants as part of the admissions assessment process. Applicants will be contacted directly if an interview is required.

How do I apply for Distance Learning programmes?

Information on applying for the School’s Distance Learning programmes can be found in the Distance Learning section of our website.

Queries on how to apply should be directed to the University of London International Programmes team, who administer the admissions process for all of our Distance Learning programmes.

Who can I discuss my disability with for confidential advice prior to applying?

The School welcomes applications from students with disabilities and will always try to accommodate support needs.

We recommend that applicants requiring advice and/or support prior to applying to the School contact the School’s Student Advice team for confidential advice prior to submitting their application to the School.

Applicants are also advised to visit our Disability Support webpages for further information about the support the School offers.

Can I visit the School prior to submitting my application or registering?

Applicants wishing to visit the School, take a virtual tour or speak with a current student can find helpful information on how to do so in the Visit Us section of the School’s website.

Alternatively, please contact the Study team if you have any further questions about visiting us.

Does the School have a policy regarding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Yes, please see the School's Recognition of Prior Learning policy for further information.

2 - After you apply

How long will it take for a decision on my application?

The School aims to provide MSc applicants with a decision on complete applications within six weeks. Please note, the stated time frames are indicative only and on some occasions applications may take longer than specified. The Admissions team will endeavour to contact applicants if there is a significant delay in reaching a decision on their application.

What is the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer?

If an application is successful, applicants will be made either a Conditional or Unconditional Offer of Admission.

A Conditional Offer of Admission means that there are outstanding requirements that need to be met before an applicant will be permitted to register onto their chosen programme of study. For example, meeting a certain English language score, or achieving a minimum overall grade/classification in their current studies. All outstanding conditions will be clearly defined in the Offer of Admission, including the date by which they must be met.

An Unconditional Offer of Admission means that there are no further requirements that need to be met. Applicants in receipt of an Offer of Admission are only required to confirm if they wish to accept or decline their place at the School.

Please note, applicants who are also applying for a Tier 4 Student visa will need to hold an Unconditional Offer of Admission before we are able to issue them with a CAS.

What are the main reasons for an application to be unsuccessful?

Due to the high volume of applications received, the School is unable to provide individual feedback on why an application has been unsuccessful. However, a brief outline is normally provided in the rejection notification email. We have compiled a Feedback Information Sheet on the most common reasons why an application could be unsuccessful.

I’ve received an Offer of Admission, but I would like to be considered for my second programme choice. What should I do?

Applicants are advised to decline the Offer of Admission to their first programme choice in order for their application to be considered for their second choice.

Please note, once an Offer of Admission has been declined the place may be filled by another applicant, so please make sure to consider your options carefully. If you would like to discuss your options further please contact the Admissions team or the relevant Programme Director(s) in the first instance.

Do I need to send original documents?

If you have been made an Offer of Admission, your offer will clearly detail the original documents that you are required to present to the Admissions team. This may include academic qualifications (either the original award certificate or original academic transcript) and an English language test certificate, if applicable. Please note, if your award certificate or academic transcript are not in English, you must also provide original certified translations of these documents.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept certified or scanned copies of original documents. Original award certificates and academic transcripts will be kept securely and returned to applicants upon registration unless you have requested to have these sent back to you by courier.  International students who require a Tier 4 Student visa will be sent their original documents by courier at the earliest possibility.

When are my original documents required by?

The Offer of Admission will specify a date by which you are required to provide original documents to the Admissions team. We strongly encourage you to send your documents to these as early as possible. This will ensure that the admissions and registration processes can be completed efficiently. Please note, applicants will not be able to register onto their chosen programme until all required original documentation has been provided.

Applicants who are applying for a Tier 4 Student visa will need to submit original documents to our Admissions team well in advance of their programme start date to ensure sufficient time is available to complete the visa application process.  Applicants requiring a CAS for a Tier 4 Student visa are also required to send their original financial evidence with the CAS request form. Full details of requirements can be found in the immigration and visa section of our website.

I believe that my fee status classification may be incorrect, what should I do?

Your fee status is determined in accordance with the School’s Fee Assessment Policy and regulations defined by the UK Government. If you believe your fee status is incorrect, please consult the UKCISA website initially for free, independent guidance on how fee statuses are assessed in the United Kingdom.

After reading the UKCISA guidelines, if you still believe that you have been given an incorrect fee status you should contact the Admissions team who will be able to investigate your case and provide further advice.

I’ve met the conditions of my Offer of Admission, what should I do next?

Once you have accepted and Offer of Admission and met all of the conditions, you will be issued with an Unconditional Offer of Admission. Please see the definitions above for further information.

I will need a Tier 4 Visa to study at the School, how do I get my CAS?

Applicants are advised to complete a CAS Request Form from the immigration and visa section of our website. Please note, we open for CAS requests at the end of June each year until this closes in early September.

Please note, applicants who require a Tier 4 Student visa will need to hold an Unconditional Offer of Admission before we are able to issue a CAS. Please ensure that you send any required original documentation in good time to ensure that this process is not delayed.

We strongly advise applicants to read through our immigration and visa webpages, as these contain lots of useful information to support the visa and CAS application processes.

I would like to withdraw my application, how do I do this?

If you wish to withdraw your application, please contact the Admissions team, who will then update your application response accordingly.

Can I defer my offer of admission?

Applicants holding an Offer of Admission who are subsequently unable to take up their place can request to defer this for one academic year only. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions team with their request to defer and reasons for the request. The Admissions team will then update their application status accordingly.

3 - Induction & registration

Will there be an Orientation Programme?

Once an applicant has met all of their conditions and been made an Unconditional Offer of Admission, they will be sent a unique link to the School's Online Registration Portal in early September and provided with details regarding the School’s registration requirements and the Orientation Programme.

The School also runs an International Students Welcome event in September where all students, including those from the UK, are invited to commence their orientation activities. This event provides a great opportunity to meet fellow new students and find out more about the School. Please check out our International Students Welcome webpage for updates and further details.

Information on programme specific orientation timetables will be provided on relevant programme information pages in the New Students section of the website in September.