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After you apply

If you have submitted a complete application in time for the deadline, comprising all required supporting materials (including references submitted by your referees) and payment of the application fee, the relevant department will assess your application and notify you of the outcome of this assessment.

If you are successful and receive an offer from your department you will then also receive an offer from a college, unless your place is on a non-matriculated course for which a college offer is not required. 

The timetable for admissions decisions for 2016-17 entry is as follows:

Application deadline123
DateFriday 20 November 2015Friday 8 January or 22 January 2016Friday 11 March 2016
Notification of application outcome from departmentWithin 8 to 10 weeks of the deadline
Expected notification of college placementAround 8 to 10 weeks following the departmental decision

Please note that this timetable is for guidance only. Notifications may take longer in some cases, and occasionally applicants may hear from the department or college before the times given above. 

There is no formal decision-making timetable for applications submitted after the March deadline, where courses remain open beyond standard deadlines, though you may still expect to be notified by the department of their decision within six to eight weeks of completing your application during this period.

All decisions are communicated in writing from the department or college, usually by e-mail; please note that Graduate Admissions and Funding is not permitted to disclose the outcome of your application.

Only applicants who receive a formal offer from the department will proceed to college placement.

Who can I speak to about my application?

If you have specific questions about a particular course or department, please contact the relevant department via the contact details on our individual course pages. In particular, please contact the department directly if you require details of their notification arrangements for admissions decisions.

If you have a query about a particular college, please use the contact details provided on our college pages

For most other queries you can contact Graduate Admissions and Funding by telephone, online or in writing. Please note that Graduate Admissions and Funding cannot disclose departmental or college decisions.

If you have a complaint regarding the admissions process, please see our University policies for further information.