Applying to Surrey

Your offer

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

If your application for a postgraduate Masters or PhD programme at Surrey is successful, your offer letter will be displayed on the Surrey Self-Service. This is a formal offer letter and can be used 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, please check the conditions carefully. If you don’t understand the conditions, please contact us via immediately.

A conditional offer may mean you need to:

Providing evidence of your qualifications

If you’ve been asked to supply copies of qualifications you’ve already obtained, you’ll receive information on how to do this via Surrey Self-Service. We’ll let you know once we’ve received the required documents.

Acceptable certification includes:

  • The qualification certificate
  • The results statement, including the overall final mark awarded

Learn more about additional entry requirements for international students.

Offer deadlines

If you receive a conditional offer to start a postgraduate taught programme in September, you should provide evidence that you‘ve met all of the conditions outlined in your offer by 30 August, unless otherwise agreed.

If however, you have applied for university accommodation, you are required to meet all the conditions of your offer by 1 August to satisfy the accommodation deadline.

Alternative offer

There may be circumstances where we are unable to make an offer for the programme you have applied for. However, we may be able to offer for an alternative programme.

If this is the case, we will let you know via Surrey Self-Service.

Accepting your offer

You can accept your offer, whether it’s conditional or unconditional, through Surrey Self-Service. We advise you to accept your offer as early as possible.

If you accept your offer prior to paying your tuition fees or without satisfactory evidence of sponsorship your record will show a provisional acceptance. Official acceptance will be recorded once we have received your acceptance and payment or satisfactory evidence of sponsorship.

Learn more about paying your postgraduate fees.

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

If you are an international applicant and require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), your offer must be unconditional for your CAS to be issued.

Declining your offer

If you decide that you don't want to accept your offer of a place at Surrey, please let us know via Surrey Self-Service.

Deferred entry

We do not normally accept deferral requests from one academic year to another, unless you are taking a year of pre-sessional English with us or there are exceptional circumstances. If the programme runs a second intake in the same academic year, your application can be deferred.

The entry criteria and the fees for the year that you are being admitted to will be applicable and may differ from the original offer.


The possibility may exist for students to transfer to a new course, however, any transfer will be subject to applicants meeting the typical entry requirements for the new programme, academic approval and availability of places.

If you are an international student holding a Tier 4 Visa, making any change to your course may have implications for your immigration status and the completion of your studies. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

Student accommodation

For information about student accommodation at Surrey, visit our Accommodation Services website.

Apply for student accommodation

You’ll be able to apply for a room once you have accepted your offer of admission via Surrey Self-Service.

You can find the online application system for new postgraduate students on our Applying for accommodation page.

Please refer to the Accommodation Policy for further details on eligibility.

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