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, 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 the certificate for your qualifications, as well as a transcript, mark sheet or score report if possible. You will need to supply copies 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.

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 24 July if you require a student visa, or 4 September if not, unless otherwise agreed with us. For further information view our how to apply page. Some requested documents may have deadlines that are stricter. Please check the “Upload Supporting Evidence” task on your Surrey Self Service for more details.

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.

After initially accepting an offer, you will need to firmly accept your offer to secure your place on the course. This can be done by either paying a deposit of £2,000 towards your tuition fees or providing evidence of a formal sponsorship. Please see the “Firmly accept your offer” task on Surrey Self Service. The deadline to firmly accept your offer will depend on when you were made the offer and can be seen on Surrey Self Service.

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 will not have space on the course.

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.

Changing your course

If you have changed your mind and want to be considered for a different course, please submit a new application through the relevant course page. Most of your personal details will be saved on your account, but we will want to see a new personal statement specific to the new course. If you still want to study the same programme, but change the version of the course (such as full-time study to part-time) please contact us at with your University number and we may be able to assist you with this.

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.

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