Online application guide

Find out how to apply online for your Masters, including how to fill the application form, the supporting documents you need, and how to contact us.

Masters students gather around their laptops as they work on a project together at the University of Sussex

Set up your online account

For most courses, you apply through our postgraduate application system. You need to:

  • create an account by using our postgraduate application system 
  • click on the URL in the activation email to activate your online account
  • log in to your account using the email address and password you chose when you registered
  • search for a course using our postgraduate course search function 
  • click 'apply' to begin your application. You can apply for up to three courses. 

How to complete the application form

Personal details

Fill in all of your personal details. If you need a visa to study in the UK:

  • include this in your application
  • submit your passport (and previous visa(s) if you have studied in the UK) to get a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number. 


You must provide a valid home address. Give a correspondence address if you want us to contact you at a different address. 

Education and qualifications

You need to include your:

  • qualifications - give details of any further- or higher-education qualifications (including Pre Masters courses) you have completed, or are studying
  • previous university - select your previous university from the list. If you are an international student, type the name of your university into the text box and select your country from the list
  • subject of study - include the title and level (such as BSc or MA) of the course you have completed or are studying
  • class or grade - your final grade, such as Pass or 2:1. If you have not completed the qualification, give the date you'll receive the result
  • extra information - fill in the description box if you want to give more information, such as module descriptions.

English language

You must tell us if English is your first language. If English is not your first language, check our English language requirements and either tell us:

  • the English language qualification you have and your grades. Upload a copy of your certificate
  • if you will do an English language test in the future.

If your language qualification is not on our list of accepted qualifications, give details and evidence so that we can consider it as an alternative.

Relevant experience

You can give information about relevant paid or voluntary experience to support your application, and attach any associated certificates or testimonials. 

Supporting documents and references

You need to provide:

  • your personal statement
  • your degree certificates
  • a transcript of your grades
  • your English language qualification, if appropriate
  • at least one academic reference from your most recent university, or your referee's contact details

You should also upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Academic interests

You must write a personal statement. See our tips for writing a personal statement.

Submit your application

You can't submit your application until all the sections are complete. Each section is either marked with a red cross to show that it is not yet complete, or a green tick if it is finished.

Click submit to send your finished application. You receive an email when your application has been successfully submitted. 

Monitor your application 

Click on the status button next to your course application to monitor the progress of your application. You can use your account to:

  • check if we need more information or documents (shown in the application's status). We also email you to notify you
  • see if you have an offer
  • see a copy of your offer letter 
  • accept or decline your offer. If you have offers for more than one course, you must confirm the course you want to accept

Submit more information

After you apply, you can log into your postgraduate online account to:

  • change your contact address
  • provide passport information
  • upload supporting documents at least one month before the course start date, such as degree transcripts, results and English language test scores.

Apply for more than one course

You need to return to the application homepage, add another course and submit a new personal statement.

Your supporting documents and references are used across each application, and some sections will already be completed. 

You might also be interested in: