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The selection process

Once your application has been received and processed,  your application file is passed to the selectors for your first choice (providing that all required documents have been provided and are legible). We send you an email when this happens, and from this point your application is "under consideration".

Please note: Your application will only be considered for your second choice if your first choice application is unsuccessful or if the first choice programme has already closed. 

Time-frame for decisions

Master's and diploma programmes: You should expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision. Please note that the first offers will be released from January 2017 onwards. 

Tip: Any decision will be visible in your application tracker as soon as it is made.

Research programmes: decisions are made by panels at meetings throughout the year, and shortlisted applicants may be interviewed by telephone or Skype. Please see our guidance for more details.

The decision

A decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Graduate Admissions Office. Decisions on admissions are made on the basis of academic merit and the availability of places on specific programmes.

The decision sent to you will be one of these:

  • An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required before entry and we are offering you a place. You may still need to supply originals or certified copies of some documents.
  • A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you plan to do so. The conditions are given in the offer letter and may include tests such as English language as well as degree results, or attendance at introductory or summer school courses.
  • You are on a waiting list. In this case we need more time before making a full decision. We will make that decision by the end of April 2017.  At that stage we may be able to offer you admission, a place on the reserve list, or, depending on the level of competition, we may be unable to offer you a place.  You do not need to provide further documentation or updated information while you are held on the waiting list.
  • We are unable to offer you a place. This decision is final and not open to appeal. It may be that the programme is already full – in this case, you may request that your application is considered for an alternative choice(s) or that your application is reinstated for the following year.
  • You are on a reserve list. Your application is considered to be of a high enough standard, but no places remain on your chosen programme. If a place becomes available, you may be sent an offer later in the year. Final offers to reserve listed applicants will be sent out by the end of August 2017.
  • If we are unable to make you an offer for your original choices, but the academic selector considers your application is suitable for another programme, we will forward your application to the other programme selector for consideration. We will also contact you to check if you wish to be considered for this alternative programme.

Next steps

We have a range of guidance for offer holders on our website, please feel free to browse while you await a decision on your application.

If we were unable to offer you a place, you may request reinstate your application for the following academic year, or to be considered for alternative programme choices in the current academic year. Such requests can be made via our How do I...? forms.