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Frequently asked questions

When is the deadline for applications?

There is no official deadline but students are advised to apply early in the year before places are filled in the Summer and also to allow enough time, especially if you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa or funding.

Is there an application fee?

No, applying is free.

How do I apply?

Please apply directly with City, not through UCAS, online. Please visit our postgraduate course finder, then select the course you wish to apply for. On each course page there will be a link showing the minimum entry requirements and a 'how to apply' tab. Clicking on the tab will lead you to our online application form. Please register with your unique user name and password, then submit the application and upload the supporting documents. If you forget your login details contact IT on +44 207 0408181.

Can I send you additional supporting documents after I submit my application?

Yes, please email the relevant documents to the course officer Tatiana Dias as soon as they become available.

Do I need to have a background in social sciences to apply for your Masters?

No, we receive applications from prospective students with all kinds of backgrounds including Business, IT and Arts.

Do I need work experience to apply?

The Masters programmes have a theoretical focus and are not professional programmes so work experience is not a requirement for admission. However, professional experience derived from full and part-time employment, volunteering as well as internships can enhance an applicant's admissions chances.

When will I receive a decision?

We aim to turnaround applications in 5 days maximum. Decisions will be recorded on our interactive system and emailed to the applicant.

I will only graduate in the Summer before the programme starts. Can I still apply?

Yes, applicants who are still completing their undergraduate degree can apply, but undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before beginning our master's programme. If you are admitted, you will be asked to submit a final transcript showing final grades.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

We expect applicants to have achieved at least the equivalent of a UK upper second class degree or 3.0 GPA overall average, documented in a final degree transcript translated into English if applicable. Scanned certified copies suffice but originals will be required at registration.

What are the minimum English language qualifications entry requirements?

Applicants whose native language is not English or those who have not been taught their undergraduate degrees in English in a majority-speaking English country (according to UK Immigration requirements) are asked to submit an IELTS score (general, academic or UKVI). Successful applicants typically score a minimum of 6.5 or above overall and 6.0 on each sub-test. The exceptions are MSc Research Methods, which requires 7.0 on the writing sub-test, and MSc Food Policy, which requires a 7.0 overall. View a full list of all IELTS examinations accepted and other qualifications considered.

How long should my personal statement be and what should I include on it?

We suggest a word document with two sides of A4. Please state reasons for your interest in the course, mention any relevant work or volunteering experience and expand on your strengths as a student and ability to study a demanding programme at Masters level.

When will I be asked to pay my tuition fees?

If you wish to pay your fees in full, you will be required to pay by or on your first day of registration as a student at City, in September. City also accepts payment of fees in two instalments. Half of the full fee for the course is required to be paid on the day of registration (in September), with the balance of fees payable by the last working day of the January following.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Please note that you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit at the point of receiving an offer from the School (currently £500 for Home/EU students and £1,500 for Overseas students) in order to guarantee your place.

How do my sponsors pay for my course?

What if I need to apply for a visa?

If you receive a conditional offer you must send us the required documentation showing us you have met the conditions in your offer. We will then be able to issue you an unconditional offer. Once you have accepted the unconditional offer and paid the required deposit we will be able to send you a CAS statement to help with your Visa application.

What funding is available?

Do you offer any placements or internships?

We have a dedicated careers service and during the course the department will hold a careers fair with talks by employers and alumni, as well as circulating internship opportunities for our students.

Can I have more information about modules available?

View details of available modules

Once you visit this page please click on the links to the postgraduate course you wish to apply for and check the list of available modules under the ‘content and structure’ tab.

What if I want to visit the campus?

Our campus is in the heart of London. We have regular campus tours and will be pleased to show you our facilities. See forthcoming dates

When is your next open evening?

Open evening details are published on our postgraduate open evenings page . If you cannot attend on the scheduled date for any reason, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange a suitable appointment with the course director or other members of staff to answer your questions. Thank you.