How to apply for an online Master's
Before you apply
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com if you have questions about our English language requirements.
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.
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.
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!