Request an award verification letter

How to request an award verification letter if you are a former student, higher education institute, government body, employer or another third-party organisation.

An award verification letter confirms your qualification and degree classification. It also includes:

  • full name
  • date of birth (where we hold this information)
  • student number (where we hold this information)
  • mode of attendance (for example, full-time)
  • award title (for example, Economics, History of Art)
  • level of award (for example MSc/BSc)
  • class (grade) of award (for example, first class, merit)
  • start date of study (where we hold this information)
  • award date (this is the date the award was confirmed)
  • graduation ceremony date (where applicable, we do not provide these as standard for degrees pre-2008).
    • If you request an award verification before attending a graduation ceremony the congregation date will state "The degree will be conferred by the University at a Degree Congregation in due course."

A verification letter is not an academic transcript and does not show marks for individual units.

PhD programme letter

We can provide a letter that states your programme name for PhD awards, but not the dissertation title. Email to request this letter.

Request a letter

You can request either a digital or a paper copy. Paper copies have the University of Bristol seal.

You will receive an email to confirm your order.

If we are unable to provide a verification letter you will receive a refund.

Former students

Award verification letters can be requested at any point after your award has been released.

Former student letter request

All award verification letters are free before your graduation ceremony takes place. After the ceremony, the first request is free and subsequent copies cost £10.

Employers must request verification from us directly.

Higher education institutes, government bodies and third-party organisations

1. Email a consent form (PDF, 327kB) (signed by the former student) to

We are only able to accept consent forms which:

  • explicitly name the third-party organisation i.e. education institute, or private sector company. We will only release the information to the organisation named on the form.
  • include a signature. If hand-written, scan or photograph the consent form and email it to us. We do accept digital signatures, but they cannot be typed.

2. Request an award verification letter through our Online Shop.

Higher education intuitions or government body requests are free. Third-party organisations are charged £15.

Higher education or government body letter request

Third-party organisation letter request

We are unable to complete or sign external forms which are sent to us for verification purposes.

Delivery time

All requests are processed within 10 working days.

Paper copies are posted once a week. We will email you when your order has been posted. A signature may be required on delivery.

Allow up to 2 weeks for items to be delivered to UK addresses and one month for overseas addresses.

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