If a course listed on the on-line application system has a '(in principle)' designation after the course name then this course has not yet been fully approved.
What does this mean for me?
A provisional course is a new course designed by the relevant department and approved in principle by the University governing body. However this course has not yet been fully approved. This means that the department can start accepting applications for consideration but they cannot yet make any offers. Once the course is fully approved then any offers the department wish to make can be sent out by the Postgraduate Admissions team. This situation MAY lead to a delay in receiving a decision on your application.
What happens if the course is not approved?
If, although unlikely, the course you have applied for is not fully approved then you will receive an email to explain this situation. This email may suggest possible alternative courses you may be interested in. If you do not wish to be considered for an alternative course, the Postgraduate Admissions Team will refund your application fee (if any).