Submitting supporting information

You’ll need to provide additional information to support your application. You should submit this information as part of the online application process.

How to submit supporting documents

Upload your supporting documents with your online application. Help is available in our guidance for online applications.

In exceptional circumstances, we may accept documents emailed or posted to the postgraduate admissions team in your faculty or school. However, please make every effort to upload your documents online, as sending documents separately by post or email may cause a delay in your application being assessed. If you need to email or post documents to us, you must include the following details:

  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • your applicant ID number
  • the name of the programme you are applying for.

Required documents

Whichever programme you are applying for, there are standard documents that you will need to upload:

  • Two references (see further information on references below);
  • University degree transcripts to date (transcripts are documents showing your grades for individual units or essays and exams throughout your degree);
  • University degree certificate;
  • English language certificate, if your first language is not English, to show that you meet the English language requirements.

Check the admissions statement for your programme for any additional documents. For instance, research applications may need a research proposal. 

Certified copies of documents

We accept certified copies of documents. You may choose to submit a certified copy instead of the original.

If you’re an international applicant who needs to keep original documents for a visa application, you should submit certified copies to us.

A certified copy has been approved as a true copy by a relevant authority. You can ask your university, your local British Council, a solicitor or another professional person to certify documents for you.

Missing degree certificate or transcripts

We need your degree certificate and transcripts in order to make a decision on your application. If you are missing these documents, you must ask your university to provide another copy (they may charge you for this service). You can ask your university for a letter to confirm your award and final grade instead of a degree certificate.

Providing documents if you haven’t graduated

If you’re waiting to graduate and can’t provide a degree certificate, please apply as usual. Include your  transcripts to date (eg if you are a third-year student, please include transcripts from your first and second years). Give your anticipated final grade on your application form where possible.

If an offer of study is made, it may be conditional on obtaining the minimum required final grade in your degree.

References

We need two references in order to make a decision on your application. Applications received without references will not be processed. It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your references.

We recommend you use academic referees, unless you have employment references that are directly relevant to your chosen programme.

Include your references with your application form where possible. In exceptional circumstances we may accept documents emailed or posted to the postgraduate admissions team in your faculty or school. However, please make every effort to include your references online, as sending documents separately by post or email may cause a delay in your application being assessed. Please read the guidance below on submitting a reference.

Submitting a reference

There are several ways you can provide references:

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