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?

For most of our Masters courses, you apply using our postgraduate application system. Check which courses have different application routes.

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, you can only study a Masters full time.

    All full-time taught postgraduate courses start in September.

    You can come to a postgraduate open day, or meet our advisers or representatives in your country if you're an international student.

  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.

    Check our entry requirements for UK applicants and entry requirements for international applicants.

  3. Apply to Sussex

    For most courses, you apply using our postgraduate application system. You can apply for up to three courses, submit supporting documents and track 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 apply through other routes

  4. Deadline for applications

    If you apply 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 apply:

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

    You must apply by the deadline to attend your induction and the start of teaching, and to apply for your visa and the ATAS certificate (if required) if you are an international student.

  5. Check fees, funding and support 

    You may be eligible for a Masters scholarships or a Postgraduate Masters Loans to find your studies.

    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

    Check our Masters courses to see tuition fees.

  6. Receiving an offer

    If you apply 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, upload your results to your postgraduate application account as soon as they are available, so that your place can be confirmed. You must submit your qualifications by 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 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. Find out how you apply for accommodation.

    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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