How to apply for a Masters course

We are looking for ambitious, enthusiastic and motivated students. You'll have the passion to succeed, the independence to take on your own projects, and the ability to go above and beyond.

A Masters degree student studying at the University of Sussex.

How do I apply?

To find out more about our degrees, see our Masters courses

For most of our courses, you apply using our postgraduate application system, however for some of our courses you need to apply through other routes. Check which courses this includes

Apply now or check an existing application

  1. Choose your course

    With 200 Masters degrees, postgraduate diplomas, and PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) courses to choose from, Sussex is the perfect place to find a course that allows you to follow your passion. 

    We offer full- and part-time courses and some courses include an integrated placement year. 

    If you are an international student with a Tier 4 visa (students outside the UK and EU), you can only study Masters courses full-time.

    All full-time taught postgraduate courses start in September.

    You can meet us on campus at a postgraduate open day, or if you are an international student, you may be able to meet our advisers or representatives in your country.

  2. Check our entry requirements 

    To find the specific entry requirements for your course, see our Masters courses.

    You also need to meet our general entry requirements:

    • at least an upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (2:1)
    • some of our courses accept a lower second-class undergraduate honours degree (2:2).

    If you are an international student, you need to meet our English language requirements, or successfully complete our Pre-sessional English course.

    Find out more about our entry requirements for UK applicants

    Find out more about our entry requirements for international applicants

  3. Apply to Sussex

    For most courses, you apply using our postgraduate application system.  

    Using the system, you can apply for up to three courses, submit supporting documents (e.g. personal statement and CV) and track the progress of your application.

    We start to consider applications in October for entry in the following academic year. 

    If you are an international student, you may need to apply for a student visa, or need approval from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for your course. 

    Find out more about our Admissions policies

    Courses where you must apply through other routes

  4. Deadline for applications

    If you're applying for a Masters to start in September 2018, you must submit your application by

    • 1 August 2018 if you are an international student
    • 1 September 2018 if you are a UK/EU student

    These are the latest dates that we guarantee to consider applications and you should apply earlier as some courses are in high demand and may close well before the above deadlines. 

    There are also some courses with earlier deadlines than 1 August and 1 September 2018. Check our Masters courses for specific deadlines.

    You must also submit your application earlier if you are applying:

    • without formal academic qualifications
    • with professional qualifications
    • on the strength of relevant experience.

    The deadlines are to ensure you can arrive on time for induction and the start of teaching. The deadline for international students is earlier so that you can complete your visa application and, if required for the course, obtain clearance by the UK Government's Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS).

  5. Check fees, funding and support 

    To fund your studies, you may be eligible for a Masters scholarships or a Postgraduate Masters Loans.

    If your application is successful, you have your fee status assessed. If your fee status is unclear, we'll ask you to complete a questionnaire, and if you disagree with the outcome of your fee status assessment, you can appeal

    Find out more about our fees by checking our Masters courses

  6. Receiving an offer

    If you applied using our postgraduate application system, login to your account to see if we have made you an offer. We also email you to let you know that we've sent you an offer letter in the post.  

    Your offer may include conditions, such as completing your undergraduate degree with a certain grade, or meeting our English language requirements.

    If you decide to accept our offer, you can notify us using the postgraduate application systemYour offer includes a deadline by which you must accept (or decline) the offer.

    If you apply to Sussex through another route, find your course in the list and check the relevant website to see how you receive an offer.

    Find out more about our offers

  7. Confirming your place 

    If your offer is unconditional, we may still need to verify your qualifications.

    If your offer is conditional, send your results by email as soon as they are available, so that your place can be confirmed. The deadline for sending in qualifications is 1 September. 

    If you can't take up your place, you can request to defer your entry for a year. 

    If your application is unsuccessful and you are not sure why you can request feedback.

  8. Before you arrive at Sussex

    We send you information about joining the University in the months before you start your course. 

    You normally complete the registration process online before the start of term.

    International students

    If you need a visa to study in the UK, we provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You can view and download your CAS statement through the postgraduate application system. 

    If you are eligible for University-managed accommodation you can apply for housing and make a pre-payment of £300 by 1 August using the postgraduation application system. 

    To finalise your registration, you need to attend in person so we can take a copy of your passport and visa.

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