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:

Providing evidence of your qualifications

If you’ve been asked to supply copies of qualifications you’ve already got, we'll let you know how to do this through 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 with us.

However, if you have applied for university accommodation, you must meet all the conditions of your offer by 1 August to meet our accommodation deadline.

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.

If you accept your offer before paying your tuition fees, or if you don't yet have satisfactory evidence of sponsorship, your record will show a 'provisional' acceptance. We'll officially accept you once we have received your acceptance, payment, and satisfactory evidence of sponsorship (if required).

Learn more about paying your postgraduate fees.

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.

Declining your offer

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

Deferred entry

Unfortunately, in the majority of cases postgraduate taught applications cannot be deferred. For postgraduate research applicants, you may be able to defer your offer for up to one calendar year. You'll still need to meet our entry criteria and fees for the year, which might be different from your original offer. Please also note that it may not be possible to transfer studentship funding to the next academic year.

We don't usually allow you to defer your application for more than one calendar year, unless you're taking a year of pre-sessional English with us or if there are other exceptional circumstances.


You might be able to transfer to a different course, but any transfer is subject to space, academic approval and you meeting the typical entry requirements for the new course.

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 our Admissions team for further advice.

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