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Next steps for applicants

Once you have applied for postgraduate study, we will consider your application based on all of the information and evidence provided. 

As people come to postgraduate study from a range of backgrounds, we don’t only look at academic qualifications – we will also consider your work experience and the reference provided by your referee. We will keep you informed of the progress of your application. To ensure all our emails get through to you, please add the domain to your safe senders list.

Once we have made a decision, you will be notified whether we have:

  • given you an Unconditional offer: this means you have met all the entry requirements for your course and have been offered a place
  • given you a Conditional offer: this means you will have a place on your course, provided you meet the conditions set out in the offer letter. Usually, this will mean achieving a certain standard in your current qualification, such as your Bachelor’s degree, or obtaining an accepted English language qualification
  • rejected your application: this means your application has been unsuccessful.

Admissions, complaints and appeals

If you wish to make an appeal or a complaint about your application you should review the Recruitment, Selection and Admissions – Appeals and Complaints: Policy and Procedure and follow the process set out in that document. You can only appeal about processes and procedures if there is relevant new information available which was not included in the orginal application. You cannot appeal against matters of academic judgement.

If you wish to appeal a decision or make a complaint, contact our appeals team or our complaints team.

Read your offer letter

It’s really important that you carefully read your offer letter and everything enclosed with it. Your offer letter will typically include important information about tuition fees and other costs associated with studying at university, as well the student agreement and a next steps leaflet for September 2017 entry (PDF 401kb).

Non-EU applicants

You will require a “Tier 4 (General) Student Visa” from the UK Border Agency to study in the UK. We will issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to support your visa application. Your CAS will be issued to you when you have met all the conditions of your offer, paid your deposit, and have accepted BU as your first choice.

Accepting or declining your offer

Once you have your offer, we ask that you either accept or decline it as quickly as possible – you can do this easily by logging into myHub, using your unique user number that is sent to you once you have submitted your application. If you decide not to study at BU, it is important that you let us know as soon as you can, so we can offer your place to another prospective student. 

Paying a deposit

If you are an international (non-UK/EU) student, we will ask you for a deposit, which is non-refundable in the majority of cases. If your offer is conditional and you fail to meet the conditions, or obtain a visa in time, you will have one further chance to do so, or to have your deposit returned.

Once you have met the conditions of your offer

If your offer is conditional, you will need to provide us with the information we have requested before we can accept you on the course. Typically, we will require evidence of the following, although you should check your offer letter for full details:

  • earlier qualifications/proof of study
  • eligibility to study in the UK and English language qualifications
  • employer or academic reference.

You should upload any required information to accompany your application via myHub. You will be asked to show original documents when you enrol on your course, so you only need to provide copies at this point. Please ensure that you have cleared all your actions within myHub. If you are a non-UK student and have questions regarding this, please email us.

If you’ve applied via one of our International Representatives, please check with them for more details on what you need to do and when.

Once we have received your results, your status will be updated to Unconditional Firm (UF) on myHub and we will contact you to confirm your place. Please add the domain to your safe senders list to ensure all our emails get through to you.

Things to consider

Please note that it’s free to download and use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus while you’re studying. This includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other MS applications, with one terabyte of storage through OneDrive.

You’ll be able to install Office on up to five personal devices, along with mobile Office applications for your phone.

Keeping in touch

We will continue to keep in touch and send you useful information to help you get ready for the start of term so don't forget to add the domain to your safe senders list to ensure all our emails get through to you.

You can also stay up to date with BU via our dedicated Facebook page for the postgraduate community and read our students’ experiences on the blog.

Take your time to read the BU Student Agreement – it outlines key rules and regulations that you should be aware of before you arrive


You may be able to defer your place to a later intake, depending on your circumstances, but you will usually not be allowed to defer your place for two intakes. Instead, you would need to submit a new application for the later start date.