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Award Certificates

certificate being presentedYour award certificate is available in one of four ways:

  • If you attend a Degree Congregation you will be presented with your certificate on stage;
  • If you register to defer your ceremony to a future ceremony date, your certificate will be issued on stage at the time of your chosen ceremony (it cannot be issued before this time);
  • If you are not eligible to attend a degree ceremony, or choose to graduate in absentia, your certificate will be posted to you or can be collected from the Student Reception (please allow for up to 8 weeks posting from the ceremony/conferral). If you are to be awarded a sub-degree qualification (e.g. Postgraduate Diploma) and wish to collect your certificate, please use our Contact Us service to let us know that you wish to collect it, otherwise we will post it to your home address record;
  • In a small number of cases, departments arrange local ceremonies for some sub-degree qualifications. In these cases, your certificate will be collected by your department and presented at that ceremony, or, posted out to you via the department;
  • Occasionally, we make arrangements for the award certificate to be sent via the University's international representatives for onward distribution/collection. This applies to graduates of the IGDS programmes run by WMG.

Please note: if you choose to attend a Degree Congregation you cannot receive your certificate in advance of the ceremony. If you require proof that your award has been conferred by the Senate you may request a Certificate of Status letter from the Student Reception Team (you can apply online for this after the recommendation of the Board of Examiners has been approved by the University's Senate).


Remember to bring your proof of identity when collecting. If you have elected someone else to collect on your behalf, and have not already informed us, you should Contact Us to confirm the name of the person collecting. They should bring a letter of authorisation signed by you and their own proof of identity upon collection.

Degree certificates being awarded in absentia in the Winter 2019 ceremonies, will NOT be available for collection before or during the weeks of the ceremonies - these will be available for collection from 2.00pm on Monday 21 January 2019 onwards from Student Reception, Senate House. Certificates cannot be collected before this date. Please visit Student Reception during their opening hours.


Before we send your award certificate we ask that you confirm your preferred delivery address. If you have not completed an online graduation registration form confirming your address, you can Contact Us.

If your address is normally written in a non-Latin script (e.g. Chinese addresses) we would advise you to provide us with your address in both English and non-Latin characters. You should do this via the appropriate address screens on the online graduation registration form or Contact Us if the registration period has closed.

The University will cover the cost of posting your certificate using standard postal services (Royal Mail 1st Class for UK and Recorded Delivery for overseas addresses), however, if you would prefer to receive your certificate by courier, you may opt to pay for a courier service (see charges below).

Please allow up to 8 weeks for delivery after graduation ceremonies (or within 2-3 weeks via courier).

Payments for courier delivery (£20.00 GBP for UK deliveries or £40.00 GBP for overseas deliveries) can be made by:

  • Completing the online payment form
  • Visiting the Student Reception, Senate House, central campus

We can also:

Provide authorised certificate copies of your certificate

Provide a replacement copy of your certificate

Please note that the Awards & Ceremonies Team does not issue transcripts of study. You can request a copy of your transcript from the Examinations section. Where possible, transcripts for Taught Postgraduate degree qualification awards will be sent out with certificates. Should this not be possible, the Examinations Office will send it separately.