How to apply for an online Master's

Applications are open for our September 2021 start dates.

We want to make the application process as simple as possible. Read our guide on how to apply below and follow the process step-by-step. If you have questions, please contact one of our course advisers on +44 (0)23 9400 3692 or email info@study-online.port.ac.uk

 

Before you apply

Step 1

Find the right course for you. Choosing to study a postgraduate degree is a huge decision. You want to find the course that fits your ambitions and interests, and can help you advance your career. On our course pages, you’ll find the information you need to make the right choice. This includes what you’ll learn on each course, how you can fit your studies around work and personal commitments, and how your degree can help you achieve your career goals.

Step 2

Check the entry requirements. You’ll find specific entry requirements on our course pages. We still want to hear from you if your academic or professional background differs from the requirements listed. We know not everyone has taken the same path to postgraduate study.

Step 3

Speak to someone on our course adviser team. They can answer your questions about choosing the right course, the application process and how to fund your studies. Speak to someone on the team by calling +44 (0)23 9400 3692 or email info@study-online.port.ac.uk

Step 4

If English isn't your first language, make sure you meet our English language requirements of IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent. Phone our course adviser team on +44 (0)23 9400 3692 or email info@study-online.port.ac.uk if you have questions about our English language requirements.

Step 5

Think about how you’ll pay for your degree. There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate studies with us. On our fees and funding page, you’ll find information on tuition fees, additional course costs, and funding options available including loans and application offers.

Step 6

Gather supporting evidence for your application. You’ll need to supply two references and proof of your academic qualifications. You’ll also need to write a personal statement.

Step 7

Write your personal statement. This is where you should demonstrate your enthusiasm for your chosen course, and highlight the skills you've gained from your academic studies and work or life experience.

Submitting your application

Visit our apply now page, where you can find a link to complete the online application form for your chosen course. You can save and return to your application whenever you like. This means that if you start filling out the form well before the deadline, you can take the time to make sure your application is the best it can be.

Call us if you get stuck. Our course advisers are here to give you advice and tips on completing your application form.

After you apply

Once we confirm we’ve received your application, our admissions team will assess the information you provided. You'll usually receive a decision within 10 working days. If you’re feeling anxious, you can contact our course advisers at any time to check the progress of your application.

If we make you an offer to study with us, you’ll receive an official letter via email. Your offer email will also include the deadline date for the £250 acceptance fee you're required to pay in order to hold your place on the course.

Once you accept our offer by paying the acceptance fee, we'll send you a thank you email. This will confirm your place as a University of Portsmouth online student. Then let the celebrations begin!

Hints and tips on applying

First and foremost, you’ll want to check the entry requirements for your Master's degree of choice. This information is included on each course page. Generally, we require an honours degree or level 6 equivalent qualification.

If English is not your first language, we’ll need proof of your English proficiency, which corresponds to an overall minimum score of IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent.

You’ll need two references for your application. Ideally, an academic reference and a work reference. They should both have experience working with you personally, and have an understanding of your work ethic.

You’ll need their contact details. Make sure to inform them that you’ve listed them as references.

We use your personal statement to assess your suitability for your chosen Master’s course. It’s your chance to convince us you’re up to the task.

You’re limited to 5,000 characters, including punctuation and spaces. Typically, your personal statement will include a self-introduction, information on your experience and qualifications, your reasoning behind why you’ve chosen this online course and how you think it’ll help you further your career. Find more tips on writing your personal statement on the main University of Portsmouth website.

Before you submit, it’s a good idea to get feedback on your personal statement from one of our course advisers to ensure you’ve covered all the necessary information. You can call them on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email info@studyonline.port.ac.uk

Before applying, make sure you’ve assembled all the personal documents your application needs.

These include:

  • A scanned copy of proof of identification (such as a driving license or passport)
  • Scanned copies of previous qualifications and transcripts

It’s always a good idea to start your application as early as possible. That way, you can make sure you’ve got all your documents in order well before the deadline, and have the time needed to make your application the best it can be.

Plus, applying early means you have more time to meet additional criteria if we give you a conditional offer. For instance, if you need to schedule an IELTS test, you’ll have time to make arrangements and schedule retakes if necessary. And if you’re accepted early on, you’ll have ample opportunity to make additional arrangements, such as childcare or setting up a home study.

If you have any questions during your application process, don’t hesitate to contact our course adviser team. That’s what they’re here for. You can call them on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email info@study-online.port.ac.uk

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