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School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

FAQs

Section OneApplying for a Course
Section TwoFinancial Information
Section ThreeTerm Dates
Section FourAccommodation

Section One: Applying for a Course

What are the entry requirements?
How can I obtain an application form?
What do I need to enclose with my application form?
Can I send in my application form even though I have not received the references from my referees?
What if I completed my degree some years ago and am not able to obtain an academic reference?
Is there a closing date for the receipt of applications?
When will I know the outcome of my application?
I have been asked to take an English Language Proficiency Test. Do I have to take the test?

What are the entry requirements?

Each application is considered on its merits and is given full consideration by our admissions tutors. The usual minimum entry requirement is a good second class honours degree from a UK university, a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Entry to some courses require a degree from a particular discipline or discipline area. So as to ensure that students are properly prepared for study, and so as to maximise the benefit gained from the course, admissions tutors will also take close consideration of the areas and nature of previous academic and other achievements.

How can I obtain an application form?

Click on the 'How to apply' section of any of the courses or get in touch by sending an email to pgenquire@soi.city.ac.uk.

What do I need to enclose with my application form?

You should include the following:
- completed application form, including personal statement;
- two references in sealed and signed envelopes;
- transcript of your first degree results; and
- English language proficiency test result (where appropriate).

Can I send in my application form even though I have not received the references from my referees?

If you are unable to forward your references to us with your application, we can often consider applications without references and make an initial decision ahead of receiving these. Please note however that any offer of a place made following an initial decision will be conditional that two confidential references are submitted.

What if I completed my degree some years ago, and am not able to obtain an academic reference?

If you completed your degree more than seven years ago, we understand if you cannot obtain an academic reference; please instead supply two employer references detailing how your professional experience makes you suitable for the course.

Is there a closing date for the receipt of applications?

The closing date for full-time and part-time courses (for entry 2011/12) is Tuesday 1 September 2011. We recommend applying as early as possible, as competition for places is very high.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Once we have received your complete application you can normally expect to receive a response within two weeks, and a maximum of four. This can be longer however during the busier periods of people applying.  See above for what you will need to include in your application.

I have been asked to take an English Language Proficiency Test. Do I really need to take the test?

If your degree was studied in English, rather than your native language, it may not be necessary to take a test. However, this decision is at the discretion of the admissions tutor. The minimum test scores that we accept for postgraduate study are: TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based), 250 (computer-based), or 600 (paper-based); or IELTS 6.5.

Section Two: Financial Information

I want to study full-time, where can I find out about possible sources of funding?
When am I required to pay my fees?
How do my sponsors pay for my course?

I want to study full-time, where can I find out about possible sources of funding?

For further information please visit our comprehensive Scholarships and Funding page, listing full details about scholarships, bursaries, awards, Career Development Loans, bank loans, working while studying, benefits, City student and alumni reductions, information for international students.

When am I required to pay my 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

We also accepts payment of fees in two instalments. Half of the full fee for the course is required to be paid on the first day of registration (in September), with the balance of fees payable by the last working day of the January following. Students with enquiries should phone +44 (0)20 7040 3026.

Please note that you will be asked to pay a deposit at the point of receiving an offer from the School (currently £500 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for Overseas students); the amount you have paid in a deposit on accepting your offer of a place will then be deducted from the total fees you will pay when you register. This deposit is normally non-refundable should you later decide not to register onto the course.

How do my sponsors pay for my course?

Please print the SP1 sponsor form from the City Finance website.

Section Three: Term Dates 2011/2012

Semester 1Induction and registration19 September 2011 - 23 September 2011
 Teaching26 September 2011 - 9 December 2011
 Vacation12 December 2011 - 6 January 2012
 Assessment9 January 2012 - 13 January 2012
   
Semester 2Teaching16 January 2012 - 30 March 2012
 Vacation2 April 2012 - 20 April 2012
 Assessment23 April 2012 - 18 May 2012

Registration and induction sessions normally take place during the week before the start of term. If you are offered a place on one of our courses, please ensure that you will be able to attend the institution during this period. Precise dates of these sessions (along with further induction and registration information) will be emailed to all prospective students who have accepted an offer of a place, during August.

Section Four: Accommodation

See www.city.ac.uk/accommodation/

Postgraduates are advised to apply as early as possible as places in halls are very limited; an application form is available at the above web site.

The enquiry line for the accommodation and welfare service is +44 (0) 20 7040 7040.

Disclaimer: the information given is believed to be correct at the time of writing. However, City reserves the right to make changes in regulations, syllabuses, fees e