Postgraduate Taught (MA/MSc/LLM)

Here's a step-by-step guide to our postgraduate-taught admissions process.

Applications for postgraduate-taught study can be made directly to the University using our online Direct Application Form - please note we do not accept applications in any other format.

Please ensure that you complete the form as fully and accurately as possible and ensure that you upload all supporting documentation such as educational certificates, references, personal statement and evidence of your English language proficiency, before you press submit. This will ensure that the Admissions team can process your application as smoothly as possible. 

Some professional health courses will have additional requirements. These will be outlined on the relevant course page.

If you are an international student applying to study in the UK on the Student Route visa you must study your degree on a full-time basis.

On receipt of your application you will be sent an acknowledgement email containing a unique Username and Password, which allows you to track the progress of your application. Please ensure that you quote this username every time you contact the university. 

It is important that the email address you provide on your application is correct, current and one that you access regularly.


How to Make a Successful Masters Application 

Familiarise yourself with the entry requirements for your course (all details can be found on the course page) and ensure you meet – or have the potential to meet – them. 

Provide all the necessary supporting documents to help speed up your application. Standard supporting documents include;

  • Evidence of your qualifications (certificates and transcripts; an interim transcript may be acceptable if you have not yet completed your qualification) 
  • One or two references as required (refer to the course page for specific requirements) 
  • CV (if required for your course) 
  • Personal Statement (this should be approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for studying your chosen course, summarising relevant experience and outlining your future career plans)

We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow plenty of time for processing and for you to complete the CAS process in time for the start of the course. Some courses will close early for international applications, and this will be stated on the relevant course page. Applications received after this date will be considered for the next cycle.


Top Tips for a Strong Personal Statement 

Your personal statement must be your own work - do not confer with other applicants or copy information from the internet. 

Do your research. Tailor your personal statement to the course you are applying and explain your motivation to study at the University of Suffolk. Perhaps you could highlight a particular module that interests you or outline how the course will build on existing knowledge or experience. 

Try to link the course content to your future career goals and explain how this qualification will support your ambitions. 

Be concise and try to present your information in a logical format so that it is clear and easy to understand. 


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If your application is successful your offer letter will be emailed to you. It is important that you provide us with your current email address when you apply. 

To accept your offer, log into your Applicant Area, navigate to 'Manage my application' and click ‘Accept Your Offer’ 


Conditional and Unconditional Offers

If you have already met all of the entry requirements for the course (including the English language requirement) we will make you an unconditional offer. 

If you are still awaiting exam or language test results, or if you have not included certificates and transcripts for your qualifications with your application, we may decide to make you an offer that is conditional on providing this evidence. You should ensure that you meet your offer conditions as soon as possible to allow plenty of time to complete the CAS process. If you foresee any delay, please contact the Admissions team for further advice. 


Deferring your offer

We are only able to defer applications for unconditional offer holders. Deferral is subject to the approval of the Admission Tutor for your course. 

Once you have met all conditions of your offer you will then be required to pay your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) deposit payment to secure your place. 

You must pay a minimum £3,000 CAS deposit. 

The CAS deposit is a tuition fee payment and will be deducted from your outstanding balance once you have enrolled on your course. 

Please do not attempt to pay your CAS deposit before we have sent payment instructions to you. 

A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique number that confirms you have been accepted on a course in the UK. You will need a CAS to submit your Student visa application 

Find out how to apply for a CAS

For information on applying for a visa, visit our visas and immigration information.


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