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FAQs (non Aviation courses)

This page relates to all postgraduate MSc courses in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, with the exception of MSc Air Transport Management, MSc Air Safety Management and MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management.

Section One: Applying for a Course

What are the entry requirements?

How can I obtain an application form?

I can't log back on my online application account. Who can help?

What do I need to enclose with my application form?

Can I send in my application form even though I have not received my reference letters / English language proficiency test scores?

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 really need to take the test?

What are the entry requirements?

Each application is considered on its own merits and is given full consideration by our course directors.

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 onto some courses requires a degree in a particular discipline, such as Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Applications from those with strong professional experience in a relevant industry will also be considered for courses like Maritime Operations and Management.

To ensure that students are properly prepared for study and to be sure that students will gain the maximum benefit from the MSc, course directors will also take close consideration of the areas and nature of previous academic and other achievements.

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How can I obtain an application form?

Click on the 'How to apply' section of any of the courses or download an application form here.

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I can't log back on my online application account. Who can help?

Please contact the IT Service Desk with your full name and date of birth, and the error message when you tried to log on to get the password reset.

What do I need to enclose with my application form?

You should include the following:

  • a completed application form, including a concise statement in support of your application,
  • your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application please send a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks),
  • you English language proficiency test result, eg. IELTS or TOEFL (where appropriate),
  • two references in support of your application.

A complete or interim transcript of marks is required before any decision can be made on an application.

If you include the contact details of your referees in your online application, they will be sent an automatic request to provide reference letters. Alternatively if you already have copies of your reference letters you can upload them with your online application.

Due to the high number of applications that we receive, sending your application without any/some of the documents listed above may increase the time it takes for a decision to be made regarding your application.

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Can I send in my application form even though I have not received my reference letters / English language proficiency test scores?

If you cannot provide your reference letters or English test scores at the time of making your application, we can often consider applications without these documents and make an initial decision ahead of receiving them.

Please note however that any offer of a place made following an initial decision will be conditional subject to receiving satisfactory reference letters and English test scores.

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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 five years ago we realise that it may be more relevant to provide a professional reference from your current or previous employer. In this case you should send two employer references detailing how your professional experience makes you suitable for the course.

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Is there a closing date for the receipt of applications?

The closing date for full-time and part-time courses (for entry 2013/14) is 31 August 2013. We recommend applying as early as possible, as competition for places is very high.

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When will I know the outcome of my application?

Once we have received your application form and all the required documents you can normally expect to receive a response within three weeks.  However it may take up to four weeks during the peak application period of May - September.  See above for what you will need to include in your application.

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

We do not require proof of English proficiency from students who have previously studied in or are nationals of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

We require proof of English proficiency from students who haven't previously studied in or are nationals of the above countries.

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL (internet based): 90

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Section Two: Financial Information

Do I need to pay a deposit?

When am I required to pay my fees?

How do my sponsors pay for my course?

How do I find out more information on Scholarships?

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Once you have accepted an unconditional offer from the school we ask that you pay a deposit (currently £400 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for Overseas students) to confirm your place on the MSc course. For overseas students we can also provide you with your CAS visa support details once we have received the deposit.

The amount that you have paid as a deposit will be considered as payment towards your total tuition fees when you register.

This deposit is normally not refundable should you later decide not to join the MSc course.

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When am I required to pay my fees?

You have the option to pay your tuition fees in full or in two instalments.

(If you are being sponsored by a charity, company, government, etc. your sponsor will need to pay the tuition fees in full before you register on the MSc course).

In order to register as a student you will need to pay half of the total tuition fees for that academic year. This payment can be made between accepting the offer and registering on the course.

If paying by 2 instalments half of the full fee for the course is required to be paid upon registration, with the balance of fees payable by the last working day of the following January.

For details on how you can pay fees click here or call +44 (0)20 7040 3026 with any questions.

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How do my sponsors pay for my course?

If you are being sponsored you will need to complete the SP1 sponsor form.

You will need to complete the appropriate student details before forwarding it to your sponsor. Your sponsor should then complete the relevant details before returning the form to City Finance Office (address given on the form).

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How do I find out more information on Scholarships?

Up-to-date information on scholarships and funding can be found here.

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Section Three: Term Dates 2013/2014

Online timetable information for all postgraduate Courses is available here.

City, University of London postgraduate study dates: 2013-14

Autumn Term: 2 September 2013-3 January 2014, with main student activity 23 September-13 December 2013

  • Study, including dissertation completion/placement OR holidays: 2-20 September
  • Student induction: 23-27 September
  • Teaching: 30 September-13 December
  • Holidays: 16 December-3 January

Spring Term: 6 January-18 April 2014, with main student activity 13 January-11 April 2014

  • Holidays: 6-10 January
  • Assessment period: 13-24 January [programmes with no assessments at this time may incorporate other learning activities, including teaching, during this period]
  • Teaching: 27 January-11 April
  • Holidays: 14-18 April

Summer Term 21 April-29 August 2014

  • Holidays: 21 April-9 May
  • Assessment period: 12 May-6 June
  • Study, including dissertation completion/placement 9 June-29 August [Dissertation and term end dates differ for different programmes; see Programme Handbooks for more information. Some dissertations deadlines may continue into the following academic year]
  • Resits: 18 August-29 August

Please note that Professional Postgraduate Programmes, such as MSc Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics, and MSc Project Management Finance and Risk, are taught as a series of intensive 3-4 day modules with teaching from 9am - 5pm each day. The modules take place approximately once a month with Post Module Assessment work set after each module; see Programme Handbook for more information.

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Section Four: Accommodation

See our Accommodation section.

Postgraduates are advised to apply as early as possible as places in halls are very limited

The accommodation application form is available at the above web site.

The enquiry line for the accommodation and welfare service is +44 (0) 207 040 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 etc.

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