Your offer

Find out about the types of postgraduate offer we make, our offer deadlines and how to accept your place at the University of Surrey.

If your application for a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research course at Surrey is successful, your offer letter will be displayed on Surrey Self-Service. This is a formal offer letter that you can use for official purposes.

Types of offer

Unconditional offer

An unconditional offer means that you have a place to study at the University of Surrey.

Conditional offer

A conditional offer means that you need to meet specific conditions before we are able to confirm your place.

If you’ve received a conditional offer, make sure you check the conditions carefully. If you don’t understand the conditions, contact the Admissions team immediately.

A conditional offer might mean you need to:

Alternative offers

It might be that we can't make you an offer for the course that you've applied for, but we can make you an offer for an alternative course. If this happens, we'll let you know through Surrey Self-Service.

Accepting your offer

You can accept your offer, whether it’s conditional or unconditional, through Surrey Self-Service. If you want to proceed, we recommend you accept your offer as early as possible.

You will need to firmly accept your offer to secure your place on the course. Any requested deposits will need to be paid, or requested evidence of a formal sponsorship provided. Please see the “firmly accept your offer” task on Surrey Self-Service

Students progressing on to another programme within Surrey and applicants with ‘Home’ fee status are not required to pay the initial deposit. 

Please note that applicants for programmes offered by Guildford School of Acting and MBA are still required to pay the deposit regardless of their fee status.

Deadline to accept your offer

You'll be able to see your deadline on Surrey Self-Service. The deadline to firmly accept your offer will depend on when you were made the offer.

If you are not able to firmly accept your offer by the deadline, it may still be possible to confirm your place after the date if we have space on the course. We will withdraw an application if we do not have space on the course.

Providing evidence of your qualifications

If you’ve been asked to supply copies of qualifications you’ve already got, these can be uploaded to your application through Surrey Self-Service. Once we have reviewed your documents we will update your application, or if necessary, we will request further documentation.

If you are unsure of what we are requesting, or have difficulties uploading you documents, please contact the admissions team for support.

We will need a:

  • Certificate for your qualifications
  • Transcript
  • Mark sheet or score report if possible
  • Copy of your official documents (if these aren’t in English, we will also need an official English translation).

Learn more about additional entry requirements for international students.

Deadlines to provide evidence

February entry

If you receive a conditional offer to start a postgraduate taught course in February, by the following dates you should have taken the following action, unless otherwise agreed with us:

  • 3 January - Provide documents relating to conditions of your offer
  • 8 January - Complete your CAS Request Form (if you require a CAS to study in the UK). This may include completion of a credibility check.

Some requested documents may have deadlines that are stricter. Please check the “upload supporting evidence” task on your Surrey Self-Service for more details.

September entry

If you receive a conditional offer to start a postgraduate taught course in September, you should provide evidence that you have met all of the conditions outlined in your offer before:

  • 22 July - if you require a student visa
  • 1 August - if you don't need a visa and you have applied for university accommodation (to meet our accommodation deadline)
  • 4 September - if you do not require a student visa or university accommodation.

Unless otherwise agreed with us.

Some requested documents may have deadlines that are stricter. Please check the “upload supporting evidence” task on your Surrey Self-Service for more details.

Once all conditions are met

Once all conditions have been met, your status will be updated and you'll be able to view your unconditional offer letter on Surrey Self-Service. Your offer must be unconditional in order for you to register on your course.

If you're from outside the UK and need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for your visa application, your offer must be unconditional before we can issue your CAS.

Next steps...

Got a question?

If you have a question that hasn't been answered, or would like to know how to withdraw your application, defer entry, or change course, then please read our frequently asked questions.

Postgraduate taught questions

Postgraduate research questions