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FAQs

If you have a question about applying for Postgraduate study at Warwick, you should check the section below as you may be able to find the information that you require. If you are not able to find the answer to your question, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Service using the enquiry form as we will be happy to assist.


How important is the Personal Statement?

Your Statement of Purpose, or Personal Statement, is a vital part of your Postgraduate application at the University of Warwick. We read it carefully, think about what you say and how you say it. It helps us to decide if you are suitable for the course, if you will succeed and be happy studying here. Your Personal Statement gives us an opportunity to find out more about you. Therefore, you should think of the Personal Statement as an opportunity to tell us about yourself and to highlight your strengths. You should read about the course you intend to apply for on the study pages and department pages. It is important that you explain to us why you have applied for your chosen course and highlighting specific aspects of the course such as modules that you are interested in should help you do this. Remember that writing a personal statement takes time and effort – you should jot down a few points on a piece of paper before starting to write it in full. Aim for 500 words. It may seem like a lot, but it will fill up quickly. Be concise and straight-forward in your writing. Keep your sentences short and get to the point. Most of the poor statements we see are too long, not too short. You should focus on why you want to study your chosen course and why you want at study at Warwick.


How do I upload documents to support my application?

The upload facility is available on our website. Please upload English language certficates and non-academic supporting documents. Degree certificates and transcripts should be original or attested and posted to the Postgraduate Admissions Service using the address in the box on the right of this page.


Which documents should I upload with my application?

The upload facility on the Employment section of the online application form is intended for your personal statement/purpose of study (or research proposal if you are applying for research) only and is provided as an alternative to typing the information into the box provided on the form (you do not need to do both). It is not intended for you to upload your other supporting documents. Within approximately twenty four hours of submitting an application and paying the application assessment fee, if applicable, you will receive an automated application acknowledgement email containing a link for you to upload your supporting documents.


I am having problems uploading my documents

Please use the link in your application acknowledgement email to upload documents. You should be able to upload as many documents as required. If you are experiencing difficulty with the document upload facility please submit an enquiry through the Postgraduate Admissions Service enquiry form at the bottom of this page.


Have you received my supporting documents?

The Postgraduate Admissions Service will contact you by email to acknowledge receipt of any documents that you have submitted. If you are a conditional offer holder, they will confirm whether or not your documents meet the conditions. You should follow the instructions in the application acknowledgement email to upload documents to support your application.


How can I send my supporting documents?

Once you have submitted your application, and paid the application assessment fee, if required, you will be sent an acknowledgement email which will contain a link for you to upload your documents. Please use this facility to upload as many documents as required. If you are submitting documents to meet the academic conditions of your offer please visit this webpage for further information on how to do this.


What is an attested copy/attestation?

Attested documents are 'official' copies of your original documents that have been verified by either your university, British Council, solicitor, lawyer or official notary. Each page of the copy of the document should include an official stamp, confirmation that the original has been seen and contact details of the attesting officer. If you are in the UK, the Post Office offer this service for a small fee.


How will I get my supporting documents back?

You can collect your documents from the University when you arrive to start your studies. Alternatively, if you are an international student and require your degree certificates and transcripts for your visa application, you can request that these are returned to you by courier. There is a charge for this service and further information can be found on our website. You may prefer to send attested copies of your documents and retain your original documents. The University also has offices and partners all over the world who can help verify your documents so you do not have to post them to the UK. For further information visit the document verification pages.


Can I send you a scan of my supporting documents?

The Postgraduate Admissions Service can accept scanned copies of English Language certificates uploaded through the document upload facility. Referees should submit references through the reference portal and original (or attested copied of) degree certificate/transcripts should be used to meet academic conditions.


Can I send you my academic qualifications by email?

We are unable to accept academic qualifications sent by email to meet the conditions of your offer.


What supporting documents should I send?

We only require original or attested copy documents that confirm your academic qualifications. We can verify English language scores online, so there is no need to send English language certificates through the post.


Do I need to send anything else?

A supporting statement (also known as a statement of purpose/purpose of study) is required by the Course Selector in order to consider your application. A CV is also useful to the Course Selector, although not mandatory. Research applicants should submit a research proposal outlining their intended area of research.


Can I bring my documents to the University?

Student Reception, Senate House provides a comprehensive reception service for applicants and is based in a central location on campus. For further information and services available please visit.



My referee did not receive a reference request.

In the first instance please ask your referee to check if the email arrived in their Spam or Junk folder. Unfortunately we have found this to be the case in the past and resending will only result in the same outcome. If you can confirm that this is not the case, please contact us again and we will resend the email.


Could you resend the reference link?

In the first instance please ask your referee to check if the email arrived in their spam or junk folder. Unfortunately we have found this to be the case in the past and resending will only result in the same outcome. If you can confirm that this is not the case, please contact us again and we will resend the email.


What does my referee need to say?

You should ask your referee to comment on your academic ability and general suitability for the proposed programme of study, and to provide any other information they consider to be relevant to your application. If they have knowledge of your recent study, it would be helpful if they could indicate the standard attained.

www.warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/process/


What is an acceptable reference?

An academic reference should be provided by a tutor who has taught you on your current or most recent degree and who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study. The University will accept professional references if you have been out of higher education for over two years and these must be submitted by your current or most recent line manager. Please note that personal references, such as those from family and friends, are not acceptable.

If you have studied a postgraduate degree in the past two years, we will require at least one reference from someone who taught you at postgraduate level. If you are applying as a visiting research student, please note that only one reference is required and it needs to be from your current research supervisor.

Please note that, if you have submitted an application in a previous year, we are unable to re-use references submitted in support of it. We require new references for new applications, although you can nominate the same referee/s if you wish.

www.warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/process/


I graduated a number of years ago and can’t get an academic reference. What do I do?

The University will accept professional references if you have been out of higher education for over two years and these must be submitted by your current or most recent line manager. Please note that personal references, such as those from family and friends, are not acceptable.


I would like to change my referee.

If you have already made an application we can send you an email that will enable you to submit the new details in the required format.


Can my referee send it via email?

Unfortunately we cannot accept references via email. We use the email address that you list on the online application form to provide your referee with a secure link to upload their reference. Your referee should either submit the reference via that route, or alternatively post a hard copy on official letter headed paper, with a signature, to the Postgraduate Admissions address. If your referee has any technical problems with the upload facility, please ask them to contact the Postgraduate Admissions team via email.


Can I send the letter on my referee’s behalf?

If your referee has already provided you with a reference, please upload it after you receive the supporting documents upload link in your application acknowledgement email. We can accept scanned uploaded documents from applicants only for the initial consideration of an application, in order for the Course Selector in the academic department to make an application decision.

If your application is successful and you are made an offer of a place, we will then request that you send the hard copy original reference to us by post. References sent via post must be provided on official letter headed paper with a referee’s signature (a scanned signature is acceptable).


Only one reference is required for a taught master’s application, but there are two referee’s details sections on the application form, what should I do?

We require one reference for taught master’s programmes and two for research. You can enter the details of two referees if you wish to. If you only want to provide the details for one referee, please enter ‘N/A’ in the mandatory fields in the second referee’s details section.


I already have my references and do not want my referees to receive a reference request, what should I do?

Please still complete the referee’s details section, but do not enter the email address/es for your referee/s. A warning box will alert you that you have not entered your referee/s’ email addresses (in case you have forgotten to), but you can progress to the next section of the form by clicking the ‘OK’ button.


What are the fees?

Postgraduate Tuition fees can be found online here.


Where can I find out about scholarships and funding at Warwick?

For further information regarding the funding opportunities at Warwick please visit our funding pages. There may also be funding and scholarship information on your department website so please check here too. You can also learn more about the scholarship opportunities at Warwick through the Academic Office's presentation.


How do I pay my tuition fees?

Tuition fee and accommodation payments to the University of Warwick are managed by the Student Finance team. For further information on how to make a payment and when to pay, please visit our student finance pages.


Why have I been assessed as an Overseas fees payer?

If you have been assessed as an overseas fee payer this will be stated in your offer letter. This will be based on the information that you provided in your postgraduate application. If you believe that this assessment is incorrect, you can follow the instructions in the offer letter to have your fee status re-assessed. The Postgraduate Admissions Service will use the guidance published by UKCISA to make this assessment. You will need to provide evidence to demonstrate that you meet the Home fee status category.



For detailed information on the CAS process, please visit the Request your CAS webpage.


    What are the English Language requirements?

    The University requires evidence that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed on your chosen course of postgraduate study. We therefore have English Language entry requirements based on minimum standards. There are a number of tests that students can take to meet the English requirements of the course. Further information can be found at www.warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/english/


    What is Pre-Sessional English? Am I eligible?

    Pre-sessional English is an academic English language and study skills programme. It prepares you linguistically and culturally for your future degree studies and gives you a chance to settle into your life in and around the University. Pre-sessional English is for students whose first language is not English and who have a conditional offer to study for a degree at the University of Warwick or other UK university that requires them to attend the course or recommends that they do so. The course is also for students who need to acquire well-developed academic English and study skills and who wish to become familiar with British university culture and life before beginning their studies.

    If you will require a Tier 4 visa to study the Pre-sessional course at Warwick, you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Currently the UKVI IELTS test is the only English language test (SELT) recognised by the UK Visas and Immigration Service.


    Is my English Language Qualification valid?

    All accepted tests must have been taken within two years of the start date of your course at Warwick.


    Can my English condition be waived?

    In a small number of cases, your department can contact Admissions to request an English language waiver in support of your application. This will normally be based on established proficiency in the English language and will require you to provide evidence. Please contact your department for advice. In most cases applicants are required to provide one of the accepted English language tests to meet the English language conditions.


    I studied my course in English, do I need to take an English language test?

    If you have completed a Bachelor degree level (or higher) course in the UK within the last 2 years from the start of your new course, this may be sufficient to meet the language conditions of your offer.


    What is the deadline for meeting the English language requirements?

    You must meet all conditions of your offer by the date stated in your offer. If you are an international student requiring a visa to study in the UK, you must meet all conditions in enough time to complete the CAS request process and visa application process to enable you to travel to the UK to start your course. It is recommended that all conditions are met 4 weeks prior to the start date of the course.


    When can I start my postgraduate study at Warwick?

    Whilst most full-time taught courses start at the beginning of October each year, many part-time taught courses and research degrees have flexible start dates. Please contact your chosen department for more information. Some courses are extremely popular e.g. MBAs, MSc in Economics, MSc in Finance and Economics, MSc in Finance, MSc in Management and MSc in Business Analytics and Consulting. Entry to such degrees is highly competitive and an early application is strongly advised.



    Where can I find out more about enrolment?

    Frequently asked questions relating to Enrolment can be found on the Warwick Enrolment website.


    When can I enrol?

    The University Enrolment Team will contact you by email with enrolment instructions approximately 4 – 6 weeks before your course starts.


    I’m having difficulty enrolling. What should I do?

    The Enrolment Team have provided detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) . You should check this page first to see if there is a solution to your issue with the enrolment process. If you are not able to resolve your issue from the FAQS, you can contact the enrolment team using the contact form.


    Contacts

    Email our Postgraduate Admissions Service

    Call us on +44 (0) 24 7652 4585
    Fax us on +44 (0) 24 7652 4649

    Write to us at:

    Postgraduate Admissions
    University House
    University of Warwick
    Coventry
    CV4 8UW