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 all conditions of your offer, paid your deposit (if not sponsored) and provided a colour copy of your passport, a CAS number will be released automatically. For MSc students we usually release CAS numbers from the end of May each year. However, a CAS can only be used from 3 months before your programme start date. If you have further queries about your visa or CAS number, please visit our Student Visa Services website.
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 self-funded international student applying for a taught programme, you will be required to pay a deposit within 4 weeks of receiving your offer letter. You will be required to pay a minimum of £1,500 but may pay up to the full cost of the tuition fee if desired. The deadline for payment of the deposit will be indicated on your offer letter. The payment of a deposit (or confirmation of sponsorship agreement for students who are not self-funding) is required before we can provide a CAS to support your visa application.
International deposit payments are non-refundable, except under the exceptional circumstances outlined in the International deposit refund policy. To apply for a refund, you should contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to use your Application ID and Student Number in all 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 Graduate Studies Office will be happy to consider change of programme requests. These should be submitted by email and confirm the reason why you are making the request.
Meeting the conditions of your offer
I have an outstanding offer condition, what should I do?
If you have an outstanding condition in your offer letter, we expect to receive evidence of this being met at the earliest possible opportunity, but no later than 14 July 2019. Documents should be uploaded to the ‘evidence for conditions’ section of your online application once available. If you anticipate a delay in providing evidence you should notify us in advance, by emailing email@example.com and provide detail about when your evidence will be available. An extension request may then be considered.
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 provide evidence for all other conditions associated with your offer by 14 July 2019.
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), and have paid your programme deposit and provided us with a colour copy of your passport, we will automatically release a CAS number for the period of your MSc programme.
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?
Registration takes place on 23 September 2019, and 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 23 September 2019. It is a very exciting week, and we look forward to meeting you!
Information about registration and the first week of your programme timetable will be made updated on the new postgraduates registration webpage, as soon as this has been finalised.
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 23 September 2019. However, 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 20 September 2019.
Please be prepared to attend the specific registration time slot for your MSc programme, which will be updated on the new postgraduates registration webpage soon.
Where can I find further information for new postgraduates?
You can find further information for new postgraduates on the new postgraduates web pages.
Can I change my masters programme once I've registered?
Change of programme requests should be submitted before registration. Requests to change programme after registration are strongly discouraged. Students should review the programme catalogue for their chosen course prior to 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 23 September 2019. 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 important teaching may be missed, which cannot be repeated.
Can you give me information on learning, assessment and contact hours?
Please find details about the programme structure and assessment methods within our programme catalogue.
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 the University of Bristol Student Union website.