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How to apply

Students applying for an undergraduate course should apply online to the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). UCAS is a central organisation which processes all university undergraduate applications.

There are detailed instructions at UCAS about completing the application form. UCAS charges an application fee of £27 to apply for up to 5 courses in the UK. Students will be expected to write a personal statement, outlining their reasons for choosing their course.

UCAS has a tracking system where you can see the progress of your application.

Postgraduate students should apply directly using our online application form.

All applicants will be given a username and password for the Applicant Portal. This is accessed via the Studying section of the University of Suffolk website, and is designed to support students through the application process.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements may vary between courses, please see the course pages for details.

For country-specific entry requirements click here.

English Language Requirements

All students are expected to be able to understand and express themselves fully in English in order to succeed on the course. Applicants whose first language is not English are welcome to apply but are expected to undertake one of the Secure English Language Test (SELT) specified by the UKVI before joining the course. Non-EU applicants are required to submit SELT scores before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) can be issued. Depending on your choice of course you are required to secure a minimum of CEFR B2 or C1 level.

Typically the following test scores are acceptable:

Undergraduate Courses:

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) or CEFR B2 level taken at an UKVI approved centre;
or UCS Password English test of 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)

Diagnostic Radiography, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ODP and all Pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery courses require IELTS 7.0 overall or CEFR C1 equivalent (minimum 5.5 in all components)

Postgraduate/Masters Courses:

IELTS: 6.5 or 7.0 overall depending on your choice of course (minimum 5.5 in all components) taken at an UKVI approved centre;
or UCS Password English test of 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)

Specific requirements are available on the individual course pages.

Portfolios and interview

Applicants for Art degrees may be invited to attend an interview and to submit a portfolio.

Applicants for Health degrees may be invited to attend an interview. Any offer will be made subject to a satisfactory health check and Criminal Records Bureau check in accordance with the regulations of the Health Professions Council and School Policies. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check is required to show that you can work with vulnerable adults and children.

If students are required to have an interview, suitable arrangements will be made.

What can I do after I apply and before I come to the University?

All students that apply to the University will be given access to the University of Suffolk Applicant Portal.

The Applicant Portal is designed to help support you through the application process, answer any questions you may have on the admissions process and allow you to track the status of your application.

The portal is designed as a safe environment for applicants to chat to each other, make new friends and ask questions. You will also be able to read about student life in Suffolk, read profiles of current students, learn more about student accommodation and find out more about the University of Suffolk Students' Union. You will also find details regarding Induction and complete your enrolment on the portal.

You will be sent an email from the Admissions team after your application is received detailing how to access the portal and providing you with your unique username and password.

It is vital that you keep your log-in details safe as you need to log-on to the portal on a regular basis to find out key information throughout the application process.

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