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Graduate Admissions


You can obtain the current status of your application by logging into your Applicant Portal. This page contains estimates of how long each stage in the admissions process typically takes to complete in all but the most exceptional circumstances.

Making offers

The majority of offers of admission are made in February and March. If you applied before the general funding deadlines in December, you should receive notification of the outcome of your application during these months.

If your application is unsuccessful, you may receive notification of the outcome earlier. This is not because your application was not fully considered; this is because the process for establishing all the components of an offer is time consuming.

Offers of admission are only made once the application has been approved by:

  • the departments
  • the relevant degree committee
  • the Board of Graduate Studies (the Graduate Admissions Office)


Departmental approval may take several months. It is typically the longest part of the admissions process and the most variable in terms of length. Some departments wait until the course deadline has passed before considering all applications together, while other departments consider applications as soon as they are received.

For information on how a particular department processes applications, please check the relevant departmental website or contact the department directly.

Degree committees

It may take approximately ten days from departmental approval for your application to be considered by the degree committee.

Board of Graduate Studies

It may take approximately ten days from degree committee approval for your application to be considered by the Board of Graduate Studies.

The Graduate Admissions Office makes the official offer of admission to the applicant, by email.

The responsibilities of each party in the admissions process are listed in the Graduate Admissions Policy: departments, degree committees, and the Board of Graduate Studies.

College places

Colleges will not receive your application until a formal offer of admission has been made by the Graduate Admissions Office. The average time for a College decision to be made is three weeks. However, please note each College may take approximately ten working days to make a decision and applications are often considered by more than one College.

Funding decisions

Please check the Application and Funding Deadlines page for the expected date of award for the University-wide funding competitions. For other funding competitions please check with the sponsor directly. Please note that not all funding competitions will notify unsuccessful applicants.

Processing documents to meet offer conditions

Documentation uploaded or sent by post, to meet the conditions of admission required by an offer, must also be considered and processed. This takes time, but generally no more than two weeks from arrival at the Graduate Admissions Office. Unfortunately, due to the volume of post received by the Graduate Admissions Office each day, we are unable to confirm receipt of documents until they have been fully processed.

Term dates and calendars

Please check the Term dates and calendars page for information on the academic year.