Postgraduate application timeline

Find out about the application process for postgraduate courses at the University of Surrey.

  • Stage 1

    Submit your application

    Submit your application via our course pages.

  • Stage 2

    Log into Surrey Self-Service

    Within 24 hours of receiving your application you will receive an email which will contain your University Number and a link to Surrey Self-Service. Once you have received the initial email, it will take 24 hours for your applicant account to be created and you will then be able to log in to your Surrey Self-Service account.



    Once you have logged in, you will be able to respond to any requests for information and track the status of your application. Tasks that you need to complete will appear in the top right of the screen.

  • Stage 3

    Initial application screening and document review

    During this stage your academic qualifications will be reviewed against our published criteria.



    We will also check your personal statement and supporting information that you have provided in your application.



    We may also use your referee details to request a reference.



    You do not need to send us anything further at this stage. If we require more information to make a decision on your application, we will be in touch.

  • Stage 4

    Academic referral

    For some programmes, an academic may wish to have a closer look at your application, including the individual modules you have previously studied, so we will pass your application to them for review. It may take up to a week for your application to be returned to us.

  • Stage 5

    Selection event*

    If you have been invited to an event, you will need to log into Surrey Self-Service to book on.

    * Depending on your course – please visit our course pages for the specific selection process.

  • Stage 6

    Application decision made

    To view your application, you will need to log into Surrey Self-Service.



    You will then be able to view your offer letter and print off a copy.

  • Stage 7

    Decide on your offer

    You can accept or decline your offer by clicking on 'Respond to offer' in the Tasks section.

  • Stage 8

    Pay your deposit

    To pay your deposit, log into Surrey Self-Service and click on 'Firmly accept the offer'. To check if you are required to pay the initial deposit, please visit our how to pay your fees page.

  • Stage 9

    Complete task list

    To find your task list please log into Surrey Self-Service and select the task you are required to complete.

  • Stage 10

    Student visa*

    To request a visa to study in the UK you need to complete our CAS request form which you’ll see under the 'Tasks’ section in your Surrey Self-Service account.

    See the CAS timeline for more information.

    * If applicable

  • Stage 11

    Credibility check for CAS

    Only applicants who require a visa to study are required to complete this section.

  • Stage 12

    Welcome to the University of Surrey

    We usually send out welcome instructions approximately four weeks prior to your start date. You will only receive this information once your offer is unconditional and:

    • You have accepted the offer
    • Confirmed your right to study/ completed the CAS request process
    • Confirmed your fee status.