Your application

Confirming we have received your application

After you have submitted your application online, we will email you to confirm we have received it, as long as you provided a valid email address with your application. If you did not provide a valid address, we may not be able to acknowledge your application.

Log in to the application system to check whether we have received your application (or contact your school or faculty admissions office). If you contact us by email, please include:

  • your full name
  • date of birth
  • applicant ID number
  • the name of the programme you have applied for.

If you are not the applicant but have permission to access the applicant's information, we will ask you to confirm the information above on their behalf. Due to data protection regulations, we are unable to provide applicant information to unauthorised third parties.

How we assess your application

Once your application has been received and providing it is complete, it will be processed and assessed by the relevant faculty or school. You will be informed as soon as a decision has been made.

To assess your application we look at:

  • your university degree grade (or your results so far, if you are still studying when you apply)
  • the grades achieved in individual units/components of your degree 
  • your references (if requested)
  • your personal statement (if requested)
  • your research proposal (for relevant programmes only).

Some programmes may also have additional requirements specified in the application form which will need to have been completed before your application can be assessed. Please check the relevant admissions statement before applying.

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis in a holistic manner. To find out more, please see our Admissions Principles and Procedures.

Incomplete applications

We need the supporting documents for your application before we can begin to assess it and make a decision. Find out how to submit supporting documents, such as degree certificates, transcripts and references.

After you have submitted your application you can still upload supporting documents. Use the 'Post submission uploads' section and read our guidance for online applications if you need help. When you have uploaded the documents, please email the school responsible for your programme and let them know. School contact details can be found on individual programme pages.

If you need to make any other changes to your application, please contact your school or faculty admissions office immediately.

Applying for more than one postgraduate programme

You are welcome to submit applications for more than one programme. Make sure you do the following:

  • Register each new online application with a separate username.
  • Make a note of which usernames you are using for each application.
  • Use the same email address for every application.
  • Check the closing dates and deadlines for the programmes you are interested in. Application deadlines can be found on individual programme pages.
  • If you receive more than one offer from Bristol, you should accept only your preferred programme and decline the rest.

Application decisions

For taught postgraduate programmes, we aim to make a decision within 21 calendar days of receiving a completed application.

For research postgraduate programmes, we aim to get in touch with you within five calendar days to confirm receipt of your application and to let you know when to expect a decision.

If you have not heard within this time, please log in to the application system to check the progress or contact your school or faculty admissions office.

Unsuccessful applications

If you are not successful with your application, you may still be eligible to apply to other programmes. All applications are considered on their own merit. If you want to apply to another programme, you should submit a new application (see 'Applying for more than one postgraduate programme' above).

You can ask for feedback on an unsuccessful application; email and include your applicant number and the programme title. Read more about our applicant feedback and complaints procedure.

Check your application

Log in to the online application system to:

  • check the progress of your application;
  • view your decision once it has been made;
  • accept our offer of admission online (if applicable).

Visits and open days

Find out about the postgraduate open day, visits to schools or departments, and meeting our staff at events around the world.

Deferring entry

It may be possible to defer your date of entry, however some programmes will require a new application. Please contact your school or faculty admissions office for further information.

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