Self help - questions and answers
Here are some regularly-asked questions that we hope you will find useful as you prepare for your study at the University of Bristol.
Will I get sent an offer letter?
We do not send out offer letters – you can access your offer letter through your online application form and we find a printed copy of this is sufficient for most student's needs. If you are an international student, your CAS number is confirmation that you have an unconditional offer.
When will I get my CAS number?
Once you have met the conditions of your offer and paid your compulsory deposit, a CAS number will be released for you automatically. We will begin releasing CAS numbers in June 2017. The numbers are valid for 6 months before the start date of your programme but can only be used 3 months before this date. If you have any further queries about your visa or CAS number, you can find more information on our International Office webpages.
I have questions about visa applications and extensions, who should I talk to?
If you have any visa questions we have experts on hand to help you in our International Office. You can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information on the International Office website.
I have been studying in the UK, what do I need to do for my visa?
Fees and finance
Why do I need to pay a deposit?
If you are an international student applying for a taught programme, and will be paying your tuition fees yourself, you are required to pay a compulsory deposit. You will be required to pay a minimum of £1000 but may pay up to the full cost of the tuition fee. The deadline for the payment of the deposit is indicated on your offer letter. The payment of a deposit is likely to ease your application for a visa and the appropriate support for your visa application will not be issued by the University until this deposit has been paid.
International student programme deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable except under the exceptional circumstances outlined in the International Deposits Refund Policy (opens in new browser window) and you should refer to this Policy before making your payment.
How do I find out more about fees?
The tuition fee itself covers charges for tuition, examination, registration and a contribution towards the cost of membership of the University Union. You can find out more about fees, how to pay them and when on the University of Bristol Fees and Funding web pages.
I am receiving sponsorship for my studies, what do I need to do?
If your tuition fees and living costs are being partially or completely covered by a third party, we will require confirmation of this from your sponsor. This can either be a formal letter confirming the level of sponsorship you will be receiving, or you can use the Sponsorship Authorisation form (PDF, 36kB). Once completed this form can be emailed to us on email@example.com. Remember to use your Application ID and Student Number in all future correspondence relating to your application. Students whose fees are being paid by an external organisation or sponsor (for example, a government department, company or charity) are not required to pay a deposit. The organisation paying your fees will be invoiced and requested to pay the full fee once you have registered on the programme of study.
Are there any funding opportunities that I can apply for?
Can I change my masters programme before registration?
The postgraduate studies office will be happy to look at change of programme requests. However, due to overwhelming demand, we cannot accommodate change of programme requests into the following programme:
- Accounting, Finance and Management MSc
Meeting the conditions of your offer
I have an outstanding degree condition, what should I do?
If you have an outstanding degree condition in your offer letter, we expect to receive evidence of your final degree results or your outstanding reference at the earliest possible opportunity and no later than Friday 14th July 2017.
Further information regarding degree qualifications and international equivalencies can be found on our International Office website.
I have an outstanding reference condition, what should I do?
If you have an outstanding reference condition in your offer letter, we expect to receive evidence of your final degree results or your outstanding reference at the earliest possible opportunity and no later than Friday 14th July 2017.
I have an outstanding English language condition, what should I do?
If you have an outstanding English language condition in your offer letter, we expect to receive evidence of your final degree results or your outstanding reference at the earliest possible opportunity and no later than Friday 14th July 2017. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa to study in the UK you will need to check the estimated visa processing times with your visa office before booking any new language tests to make sure that you can meet this deadline.
I am a pre-sessional academic language student, what should I do?
If you are planning to study on one of the University of Bristol's Pre-sessional Academic English Courses, then please do not worry. We will await the results of the pre-sessional course as a means of meeting your language condition. However you should still aim to provide evidence for any other conditions associated with your offer by the deadline given above.
How do I provide evidence of meeting my conditions?
We do not require any document to be posted or emailed to us. Please upload the relevant documents required to meet your conditions as soon as possible in the "Evidence for Conditions" section of your online application form. This will then be passed to the Admissions Tutor for consideration and we will inform you whether your conditions have been successfully met via email to your registered email contact.
I have a conditional offer and I want it to be made unconditional, how can I do this?
You can only receive an unconditional offer once you have met the conditions of your offer. You will need to provide evidence that you have met your conditions before your offer can be made unconditional.
Pre-sessional language course students
I am attending the pre-sessional language programme, when will I get my CAS number?
If you have an conditional offer and are attending the pre-sessional programme to meet your language condition, the University of Bristol Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies will release a CAS number for you for the duration of your pre-sessional programme.
What happens if I pass the pre-sessional programme?
If you successfully pass the programme and meet your language condition (along with any other conditions of offer you may have), we will automatically release a CAS number for the period of your MSc programme as soon as your pre-sessional results are released.
What happens if I fail the pre-sessional programme?
If you have a language condition on your MSc offer and you do not achieve the required standard at the pre-sessional Language Programme, you will not have met the language condition of your offer and unfortunately we will not be able to register you for any of our MSc programmes.
What will my first week be like?
You will start your programme straight away on Monday 18th September 2017 with registration. It will be a very busy day across the University as all postgraduate students will have arrived ready to start their respective programmes. Be prepared to find your way around the University campus and for occasional queues as you collect everything you need to start your course.
The one year MSc programmes are intense, so you can expect to be in the University everyday attending tutorials, lectures, workshops and self-directed study from the first week. So please arrive with plenty of time to get to know the campus before Monday 18th September 2017. It is a very exciting week, a great start to your time at the School of Economics, Finance and Management; and we look forward to meeting you!
How do I register with the School of Economics, Finance and Management?
School registration will take place for most full-time MSc students on Monday 18th September 2017
Students who have successfully completed the Pre-sessional English Course at the University of Bristol will be asked to attend an earlier school registration on Friday 15th September 2017.
Please be prepared to attend the specific registration time slot for your MSc programme, which can be found on our school registration pages (yet to be updated for September 2017 entry).
Please note that school and faculty registration are separate, and you are required to attend registration for both.
Where can I find further information for new postgraduates?
You can find further information for new postgraduates on the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law web pages.
Can I change my masters programme once I've registered?
Unfortunately, in accordance with set school policy, we are unable to process any requests from students to alter their programme of study after registration.
Timetables and classes
When will I get my full timetable?
Timetables for the academic term are not available until the first week of term. You will receive additional information regarding your schedule for Welcome Week activities and your class timetable when you attend School registration.
When does the masters programme start?
Your first day will be on Monday 18th September 2017 and you should make sure you have arrived in Bristol before this date. We expect you to be here for your registration and available every day for teaching from then on. Late arrival will mean that we cannot register you for your programme.
Can you give me information on learning, assessment and contact hours?
Please find details on learning, assessment and contact hours on our postgraduate pages.
Can I become a student course representative?
Every MSc programme has a student course representative whose role is to represent the interests and opinions of fellow students on their programme. Comprehensive information on these roles and how to get involved will be communicated directly to new students after registration. More general information about this subject can be found on both the School of Economics, Finance and Management and the University of Bristol Student Union websites.