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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

You should typically expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision. Please note that the first offers will be released from January 2015 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 How to Apply guidance for more details on this.

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. The conditions are given in the offer letter and may include tests such as English language as well as degree results, or attendance at pre-sessional or summer school courses.
  • You are on a waiting list. We need more time before making a full decision, usually in order to compare your application with a wider field of others received in the same year. We shall make that decision by the end of April. 
  • You are on a reserve list. A limited number of people will be placed on a reserve list and you may be made a late offer should a place become available. The reserve list is not ranked. We will send final decisions to reserve listed candidates by the end of August.
  • 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.

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.