When do postgraduate programmes start?

Most postgraduate programmes start in September. A number of programmes also have a January start date.

When should I apply?

You can apply up to 18 months before the programme start date even if you haven’t finished your current degree. 

If you are an international applicant, we suggest that you apply no less than 6 months before the programme start date.  There is a deadline for International applicants.  The deadline is to ensure that you have time to complete all of the steps that might be required to satisfy UK visa requirements such as apply for ATAS clearance, take a TB test or take an English test.   If you want to attend one of the University’s Academic English Preparation or Pre-sessional courses an early application to the postgraduate degree is strongly recommended.

International students who apply after the deadline will be considered for the following intake.  

There is no deadline for students who don’t need a visa to study in the UK but you should apply early enough so that you can make arrangements to come to Aberdeen on time for the programme start date.

Unless you are applying for an advertised studentship or research project, most Research degrees can start at any time.  You are welcome to apply up to 18 months before your preferred start date.  Actual start dates will be confirmed in the admissions documentation.

How do I apply?

It’s easy to apply, simply create an account and apply via the Postgraduate Applicant Portal.  There is no application fee for postgraduate taught or research applications. 

For help with using the applicant portal watch this short video:

 

 

Please note that applications for the PGDE in Primary Education or PGDE in Secondary Education must be submitted through UCAS

What documents do I need to submit along with my application?

Once you have started an application, you have 30 days in which to complete it before submitting.  If you need more time to gather documents or to write a personal statement, you will have the option to request an extension within the Applicant Portal after the first 25 days have passed.  

  • Official transcript. If you have graduated, this should be a copy of your final transcript.  If you haven’t finished your degree yet, please upload a copy of your transcript to date. We accept scanned copies of the official transcript issued by your current or former. If the transcript is not in English, please upload a scanned copy of the transcript in the original language with an official translation in English. 
  • A Personal Statement. We suggest that you prepare the personal statement before you start the application.  As a guide we would recommend that you write between 250 to 500 words to answer the following questions:
  • Why have you chosen to apply to the University of Aberdeen to study this subject?
  • Which personal qualities do you possess that will help you to successfully complete this programme of study?
  • How will studying this programme help you when you return home and in your future career?

Some degree programmes may require additional documentation such as a CV/Resume or professional references before a decision can be made.  Please check the prospectus entry for your programme before submitting your application in case any additional documents are necessary.

We can usually assess your application if the minimum documents have been uploaded with your application.  If you haven’t graduated or, if you haven’t supplied an essential document, you might receive a conditional offer of admission.  If so, you can submit documents to satisfy the condition via the Applicant Portal later.   

Other documents which can be submitted with your application or which can be uploaded later are:

Degree certificate

You can upload this after you have submitted the application form.  We can only accept a copy of the final, official degree certificate in the original language and with an official English language translation.  Unfortunately, we don’t accept provisional degree certificates because these are not acceptable for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Evidence of English language proficiency

Information about our English language entry requirements and the documents that are acceptable to demonstrate proficiency in English can be found here.  

The University’s Language Centre also offers a range of English language courses to help you improve your English language skills and to reach the University’s English language entry requirements.

References

References may be required for some postgraduate programmes.  These may be academic references or professional, employer references.  If references are required, this will be noted in the Entry Requirements section of the prospectus entry for your programme.  Referees are welcome to email to us directly from their professional e-mail address or, if providing you with a letter, the reference should be written on headed paper so that you can e-mail it or upload it to the Applicant Portal.

Copies of UK Visas/Visa refusal letters/CAS letters

If you are an International Student who has previously undertaken any period or type of study in the UK, please upload copies of your UK visas and/or Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) and admission/CAS letters.  If you have ever submitted a UK visa application which was unsuccessful, please send us a copy of the refusal letter. 

Do I need to take an English language test?

If your first language is not English, will have to submit evidence of English language proficiency if you are from a country that is not considered to be English speaking.  

Information about the University’s English language entry requirements and documents that are acceptable to demonstrate proficiency in English can be found here.    

The University’s Language Centre also offers a range of English language courses to help you improve your English language skills and to reach the University’s English language entry requirements.  If you need a Tier 4 visa to join a Pre-sessional or Academic English Preparation course, you must take the   IELTS Academic for UKVI test at a UKVI approved test centre.  

I have submitted my application to the University, what happens now?

After submitting your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement from the University.  

Your application will be reviewed by a Selector and an Admissions Officer.   

We will e-mail you if additional information or documentation is required before a decision can be reached. 

We will let you know the outcome of your application by e-mail.   We always use the e-mail address that is linked to your Applicant Portal account.  If you change e-mail address, please update your e-mail address in the Applicant Portal.  

You can check the status of your application in the Applicant Portal or use the Applicant Portal to upload additional documents to support your application and to satisfy any conditions of the offer.

How long should I expect to wait for a decision on my application?

The University endeavours to process all applications for Taught programmes within 7 days of receipt.  Applications for Research degrees take longer to process. 

We will e-mail you if additional information or documentation is required before a decision can be reached.

We will let you know the outcome of your application by e-mail.   We always use the e-mail address that is linked to your Applicant Portal account.  If you change e-mail address, please update your e-mail address in the Applicant Portal.

You can check the status of your application in the Applicant Portal or use the Applicant Portal to upload additional documents to support your application and to satisfy any conditions of an offer.

Do I require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate for the programme I am studying?

If you need a visa to study or live in the UK, and if your degree is in a Science, Engineering or Technology discipline, you might need to apply for ATAS clearance.    

If you need to apply for ATAS clearance, we will tell you this in the offer of admission letter. 

You can apply for ATAS clearance 6 months before the degree start date, before you have accepted the offer and while you still have conditions to satisfy.  We recommend that you apply early because you need to have a valid ATAS clearance certificate to submit with your visa application.  You will not be allowed to register as a student if you need ATAS clearance but you don’t have a valid ATAS clearance certificate.

I have been made an offer, what do I do now?

Information about what to do next can found in the Offer Holder Information section of our website.