1. Postgraduate Applicants: SASS
  2. What next?

What next?

Congratulations on receiving your offer for postgraduate study at City, University of London.

Having received an offer to study at City, we hope that you will find the information on site helpful as you make preparations to embark on your study with us.

The School of Arts & Social Sciences has a world class reputation for dynamic, inspiring and rigorous postgraduate education. Academic staff at the School are highly regarded in their fields and the research they undertake regularly informs academic debate and political policy at national, regional and international level.

We are delighted both that you applied to City and also that your application was successful. Our courses are highly competitive and we aim to attract the very best applicants to our postgraduate degree programmes.

We hope very much that you will take up the offer of your place at City, and we very much look forward to meeting you in September!

Receiving your offer

When you receive your offer email, you should check the exact conditions attached to our offer of a place on the programme. If the email states that "this offer is unconditional", then you have met the entry requirements for the programme and have been assessed as academically able to follow it.

If one or more conditions are attached to the offer, then you must provide evidence when you have met these conditions as soon as possible - please remember that you must send us good quality scanned copies of all documents or the original - i.e. IELTS test reports, degree transcripts, certificates etc.

We are unable to return original documents so please send copies at this stage (you will need to bring the originals when you enrol at City). When you have provided us with evidence of having met the conditions, we will provide you with an "unconditional" offer.

Responding to your offer

In order to accept and secure your place on the course you must pay a non-refundable deposit within six weeks of the date of your offer email

  • UK/EU Students: £500 deposit to secure your place on the course
    International Students: £1,500 deposit to secure your place on the course
    The amount paid in deposit will be deducted from the overall course fee amount. We will have assessed your residency status based on the information provided in your application form in accordance with the University's rules. Further information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website.
  • If you are confirmed as receiving a full fee scholarship (where the scholarship organisation will pay your course fee directly to the University) e.g. Chevening Awards, then you should send in a letter from the scholarship organisation confirming your funding. If you supply this confirmation, then you do not have to pay the deposit. Your place on the course will only be confirmed once we receive the official confirmation.

Paying your deposit/tuition fees

Places on the course are limited and every year we make more offers than the places that are available to ensure the course runs at capacity. The only way to secure your place is to pay a non-refundable deposit or provide official confirmation of your scholarship as detailed above within six weeks of the date of your offer email.

If your offer is conditional you should still pay your deposit at this stage, as we cannot guarantee that a place will still be available at the time you meet the condition of your offer. If you meet the condition(s) of your offer but decide not to take up your place, your deposit will not be refunded. If you fail to meet your conditions of entry (and can provide evidence confirming this such as an IELTS certificate) then we will refund you deposit. Your deposit will also be refunded if an application for a UK student visa is rejected.

You can pay your deposit online using your applicant reference number. Please ensure that you email your Course Officer to let them know you have paid your deposit online.

The tuition fees for your course can be found on our individual course pages.

English language

If you have a conditional offer relating to an English language test, the minimum requirement for your programme can be found under the 'English Requirements' tab on the course webpage.

If you have an English language qualification below the minimum entry requirement, you may be able to gain a conditional admission, which will be converted to an unconditional offer of admission if you demonstrate you have achieved the required English language score before the academic year begins. Your options for improving your English language score include:

  • enrolling in one of the pre-sessional English courses offered by INTO - an approved City, University of London partner
  • enrolling in an English course in your home country
  • improving your English through self-study, and independently re-sitting the English language test at your local testing centre in order to obtain the required mark.

Please note that due to UK Visa and Immigration rules, we cannot accept the TOEFL test any more. Please refer to our full list of tests which comply with Tier 4 visa rules.

If you enrol in the INTO/City pre-sessional English course, you will need to achieve a mark comparable to the minimum IELTS score required for your programme at the end of the course. Your test scores will be automatically sent to City, University of London.

International students & organising your visa

In order to register for any course at City students must provide evidence of an immigration status permitting them to study in the UK. If you are an international student, you may therefore need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to study at City, University of London. It is important you read the online guidance carefully in order to start to prepare for this.

City has a team of International Student Advisers who can help with the Tier 4 application process. You can contact the team directly if you have further questions by emailing visaadvice@city.ac.uk.

Please note: if you are holding a Tier 4 visa sponsored by a different institution or for a different course at City, University of London, you will have to make a new visa application before you will be able to complete your registration and start studying with us. If you have undertaken previous study in the UK as a Tier 4 student which you have not previously informed us of this may affect your eligibility for a Tier 4 visa and therefore you should contact us immediately with further information.

City offers further advice to international students on a range of topics, which you can read on our International Students pages.

What happens after you accept your place?

We will contact you at various points over the summer by email, so it is important to inform us if you change your contact details.

Would you like to meet or visit us?

There are a number of Open Events which give you the opportunity to visit.

Alternatively you can arrange an individual tour of the School of Arts & Social Sciences or speak to a member of academic staff ahead of accepting your place. Please email your details and availability to SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk.

Students with a disability/specific learning difficulty

If you are a student with a disability or specific learning difficulty which may impact upon your studies, we encourage you to disclose this in your application. This will ensure that your requirements are properly considered in advance of the start of your course, and that you have all the information you need about the facilities and support available at City so they can make an informed choice. Find out more about the support available.