Frequently asked questions
Information about applications
How do I apply for an MSc programme in the School of Economics, Finance and Management?
Further details are available on our postgraduate admissions pages.
When can I apply for entry?
Our application system opens at the start of October for programmes beginning the following September. As students from different countries tend to apply at different points, applications from some countries may close earlier in the year in order to help select a balanced international student cohort. We therefore advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.
Is there a closing date for applications?
The overall closing date for MSc applications is 1 July 2019. The school continues to welcome applications that fulfil our admissions criteria to select a balanced international student cohort. As students from different countries tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some countries may close earlier in the year.
Please see the online prospectus for individual programmes to find full details of individual closure dates for specific countries.
I am an international student. Are my undergraduate qualifications appropriate?
Please refer to our country specific International Student page where there is lots of information to help.
What are your English language requirements?
All applicants are required to provide evidence of their English Language ability. The University uses language profiles to outline the required level, and the qualifications that are acceptable. Within the School of Economics, Finance and Management, the required language level for all programmes is Profile B (as detailed on the individual programme prospectus page).
Traditionally, many applicants provide evidence via an IELTS language test certificate (dated within 2 years), or through successful completion of the Pre-sessional Academic English Course at the University of Bristol Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies to the required standard. Details of other accepted ‘Secure English Language Tests’ can be found in ‘Profile B’ of the University’s English language policy. Language tests are not normally required from overseas students who have recently completed a full three-year undergraduate degree in the UK.
Do I need a GMAT or GRE score?
No. However, if you already have results it would help if you included a copy in your online application.
I haven't yet received my final grades. Can I still apply?
Yes. Simply include the grades you have achieved so far. If you are made an offer, you can send us your final grades when you receive them.
Can I apply for more than one programme?
You are able to make a first and second choice for the programmes you would like to apply to with one online application. Please carefully consider your choice of postgraduate programmes, as a request to change your choice of programme at a later date may be refused. Please do not submit more than one online application per year of entry as additional applications be withdrawn.
I have applied before - do I need to re-apply?
Applications are archived at the end of each admissions cycle, and the School does not generally defer applications. Therefore, it is necessary to re-apply with a new application from October, even if you have applied before.
Can I defer my offer to next year?
As our syllabus is constantly changing, our admissions requirements may also change. For this reason, we require you to re-apply the following year.
Can I change my master's programme?
The school postgraduate admissions team will be happy to review change of programme requests following receipt of an offer. All requests should be accompanied with a supporting statement which outlines the reason for request. All requests are carefully reviewed, but we cannot guarantee that a request will be authorised.
Information about studying for an MSc at Bristol
Do you have any further information on the MSc Programmes in the School of Economics, Finance and Management?
Detailed information about the structure of each full-time MSc programme can be found by checking the programme catalogue. Full description of individual units within each programme and their intended learning outcomes and assessment methods can be found by following the hyperlinked unit titles for each course. These pages provide supplementary information to the information provided in the postgraduate study pages.
What funding is available?
Current and previous University of Bristol undergraduate students may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on their tuition fees, when progressing to study on our full-time master's programmes within the School of Economics, Finance and Management. For full information and eligibility criteria, please visit the postgraduate scholarship for university of Bristol alumni page.
Offer-holders classed as overseas for fee paying purposes may be eligible to apply for one of our International Scholarships. For general information, please visit our funding postgraduate study page or contact the student funding office.
What accommodation is available?
The University's Accommodation Office has information on accommodation options for postgraduate students.
When can I start at Bristol? Can I delay starting the programme until the spring term?
The structure of the MSc programme is such that the second term builds on material covered in the first term. For this reason, it is not possible to accept students on to the MSc programmes at Bristol except on the specified start date as detailed on the offer documentation.
What are the tuition fees?
Tuition fees are detailed in the online prospectus. These can be found on the individual postgraduate programme pages.
What's it like being a student in the School of Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol?
We asked some of our recent MSc students to tell us what it is like to study at the University of Bristol. Read their stories on our student stories page.
Can you give me any more information about the University?
Please refer to the University's postgraduate prospectus for further information.
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