1. How to Accept your Offer


Read the Terms and Conditions-  Postgraduate

NOTE: If you hold more than one offer of admission or, if you have submitted more than one application, please wait until you have all decisions before making your final choice of offer to accept.


Check that you understand and can satisfy the Tier 4 visa application requirements before you accept the offer of admission.   

Information about the Tier 4 visa requirements can be found on the University’s International webpages and on the UK Visas & Immigration website.   We will be happy to defer your admission if you can’t satisfy the visa requirements.  


If you are in a position to satisfy the visa requirements, go to pages 3 and 4 of your offer letter where you will find the Acceptance and Financial Guarantee Forms.

  • Please complete sections A, B and C and then sign and date section D of the Acceptance Form.
  • Please complete section 1 of the Financial Guarantee Form to indicate how you intend to fund your studies. Sign and date the form in section 2.
  • Send the fully completed forms to Postgraduate Admissions as soon as possible and upload a clear, legible copy of the photo page from the passport that you intend to submit with your visa application to the Applicant Portal.  

If you have been awarded a scholarship or any other funding from an official financial sponsor, please send a copy of the sponsorship award letter with the Acceptance and Financial Guarantee Form.  If you’ve applied for sponsorship but haven’t heard the outcome yet, please send the sponsorship award letter with an amended Financial Guarantee Form to Postgraduate Admissions as soon as you receive it.

International students who don’t have funding in place yet can accept the offer but the application will be placed on hold until you confirm how your studies will be funded.   Alternatively, we may defer your offer for a later intake.

To ensure that you can arrive on time, please send all documents requested by the Admissions Team no less than 6 weeks before the programme start date.

If you haven’t already sent them to us, please also send copies of all previous UK visas and copies of previous UK visa refusal letter/s so that we can provide you with additional support.


If your offer letter indicates that you need to apply for ATAS clearance, please submit the ATAS application 6 months before the degree start date.   You are free to submit the ATAS application while your offer is still conditional, before you have accepted the offer of admission and while you are still waiting to hear the outcome of scholarship applications.  Do not apply too early.  The ATAS certificate must be valid when you submit it with the visa application.  If you defer or change degree, you will have to submit a new ATAS application.

The CAH3 code relating to your degree is detailed on page 2 of the offer letter.  If you have applied for admission to a taught Master’s degree, details of the courses that you will study can be found in the ‘What you’ll study’ section of the prospectus entry for your degree

If you have applied for a research degree, the CAH3 code can be found on page 2 of your offer letter and the ATAS statement text can be found on page 3.


Check to find out if you need to take a Tuberculosis (TB) test before applying for a visa.  The TB test certificate is valid for 6 months.  Remember that the certificate must be valid when you submit the visa application.

2. Satisfying the Conditions of an Offer

If the offer of admission is conditional on achieving academic, English Language or other conditions, please upload the final transcript and degree certificate (in the original language and with an English translation) and/or your English Language Certificate or other relevant documentation to the Applicant Portal as soon as they are available.  

If you need a visa to study in the UK, please try to upload any documents to satisfy conditions at least 6 weeks before the programme start date.

If you need to improve your English language scores, the University’s Language Centre offers a range of Pre-sessional and Academic English Preparation courses to help applicants achieved the required standard in English language.  Please visit the Language Centre website for more information.


3. Final Stage: 'Cleared for Admission'

Once you have accepted your offer by returning the completed Acceptance and Financial Guarantee Forms, sent a copy of your passport, satisfied all conditions and confirmed how your studies will be funded, you will be ‘cleared for admission’. 

Joining Papers containing a Certificate of Acceptance will be sent to you by email as soon as possible after you have been cleared for admission.  Because the CAS is only valid for up to 6 months, we cannot send the Joining Papers and Certificate of Acceptance earlier than 6 months before the degree start date. 


4. Start Dates and Registration

Taught Degrees

For most Taught programmes, the start date detailed in the offer of admission letter is the start of registration week.  It is important to try to arrive during registration week so that you can attend orientation and induction events.

In most cases, teaching will usually begin on the Monday of the following week but please check the New Students website in the weeks before your programme is due to start for programme-specific information.  

If you arrive later than the start of teaching week you will miss classes and it will be your responsibility to catch up on everything that you have missed. 

In all cases, all students must arrive by the latest state date noted on the Certificate of Acceptance. You will not be admitted after the latest start date.

Research Degrees

For Research degrees, the start date given in the offer of admission letter (or the first working day thereafter) is normally both registration and the start of your studies.

All Students

You must register before you can commence studies and, if appropriate, re-register at the start of each new academic year (in September). 

1. How to Defer Entry

To defer entry, please indicate on the Acceptance/Decline Form that you wish to defer, sign and date the form then return it to Postgraduate Admissions as soon as you can.  Please note that applicants to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) may not defer.

Note: please keep us informed of any change in your correspondence address, or if at any stage after accepting an offer you find that you will be unable to take up your place. Changes to your e-mail address should be recorded in the Applicant Portal.  Remember that, if you have not done so already, you can always apply to defer your offer of a place if you have not managed to secure funding (please note that applicants to the DPLP may not defer).


2. Declining our Offer

To decline the offer, please complete the Acceptance/Decline Form indicating that you wish to decline it. Please sign and date the form before returning it to Postgraduate Admissions.