How to Complete the Application Form

The postgraduate application should be completed online.

In order to submit the completed application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Your final, official academic transcript/s (if you have not completed your studies yet, please upload a copy of your transcript of studies to date) with an official English translation (if the original language is not English).   
  • A personal statement. We suggest that you prepare the personal statement before you start the online application. The personal statement should be between 250 to 500 words in total and should answer the following three questions:
  1. Why have you chosen to apply to the University of Aberdeen to study this subject?
  2. Which personal qualities do you possess that will help you to successfully complete this programme of study?
  3. How will studying this programme help you when you return home and in your future career?

Other documents that may be required but which can be uploaded later include:

  • Degree Certificate
  • For international applicants, document/s to demonstrate your proficiency in English - refer to our English Language requirements page for further information
  • Academic References
    • For Research programmes (PhD) two confidential references. You can uploaded these to your applicant portal or, your referee can send them by e-mail to Please ask your referee to include your full name, date of birth, and Applicant Personal ID
    • For Taught programmes (MBA, MSc, MLitt, MRes etc), if you have a first degree from an institution outside the UK, a small number of our degrees may require you to provide one reference. Please refer to the individual programme web page for more details. You can search our degrees here 
  • A Research Proposal should usually be uploaded with applications for PhD and Masters by Research programmes. Some programmes or disciplines require an extended Research Profile, and applicants should refer to individual school websites for details before submitting an application

For help on using the applicant portal, watch this short video:

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions
Tel: +44 (0)1224 273506

When Should I Apply?

The academic year at the University of Aberdeen starts in mid-September each year, and most taught postgraduate programmes begin at that time, but some programmes have a January intake too.

For entry in September 2019 for international students, postgraduate taught programmes have an application deadline of 22nd July 2019. Any application received after this date will be considered for the next available intake. Please note that this deadline is to ensure students have sufficient time to complete the application process, apply for their visa, and arrive in Aberdeen in time for the start of their programme.

For most taught programmes there is no deadline for those students classified as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes. You should apply before term commences and in addition, allow sufficient time for your application to be processed (approximately 3 weeks) and to make arrangements to come to Aberdeen in time for the start of the session.

Most research students can apply and begin their studies at any point during the academic year.

How Is My Application Processed?

When the University of Aberdeen receives your form, an acknowledgement email is issued, and completed applications are passed to an Academic Selector for consideration.

Successful applicants will receive either a conditional or unconditional offer of admission. Under the terms of a conditional offer, applicants are requested to obtain or provide evidence of further or pending qualifications, or other documents, that will allow them to fully satisfy the course entry criteria. Such students may, for example, be awaiting final undergraduate degree results.

Unconditional offers may also be issued to applicants whose qualifications fully satisfy the entry criteria of their desired postgraduate programme. In addition, it is quite common for research degrees and candidates for postgraduate scholarships to be interviewed. Applicants who have been out of education for a period of time may be interviewed too.

Offers of admissions are sent by email with an Acceptance/Decline Form and a Financial Guarantee Form. Please complete these forms in full and return to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you need a visa in order to study in the UK please also send a copy of a current valid passport.

Once we have received all the necessary documentation you will be 'cleared for admission' and, when there are no outstanding conditions, you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance which, if you are an overseas student who requires a visa to study in the UK, will include a CAS number so that you can apply for the appropriate visa.

Applicants who are cleared for admission will also receive, by email, a Registration Guide and a link to the University's New Students' website.

Visit the UK Visas website for further information on the visa process.

Accepting the Offer
  • Please complete the Acceptance/Decline Form and the Financial Guarantee Form in full as soon as possible, before the programme start date, and return them to Postgraduate Admissions.  
  • If you have been awarded a scholarship or any other funding, please send a copy of the sponsorship award letter with the Financial Guarantee Form.  If you have applied for sponsorship but haven’t heard the outcome yet, please send the sponsorship award letter to Postgraduate Admissions as soon as you receive it.
  • If you require a visa to study in the UK, please also send a clear, legible copy of the photo page from the passport that you intend to submit with your visa application.  If you require a visa to study in the UK and if you have previously undertaken any studies in the UK, please send copies of all previous UK visas, if you haven’t done so already. If you have previously been refused a UK visa or been refused entry to the UK, please send a copy of the visa refusal letter/s.