Postgraduate Courses: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

You can apply online. You can find guidance on the University's admissions process here.

Can you tell me if I am eligible/suitable for the course before I apply?

We cannot confirm whether you are eligible for a course before application. This is a decision that only the Selection Committee can make once you have applied and submitted all of your supporting documents. If you feel you meet the minimum requirements then you should apply online.

Is there an application deadline?

There is no official deadline for applications, as we operate a rolling admissions system. Some of our courses are very popular and have been oversubscribed in the past. We would, therefore, recommend that you apply early, in order to avoid disappointment.

Can I apply for more than one Masters course?

You are able to apply to more than one course but must do so on separate application forms and so must pay an application fee for each. You only need to upload one set of supplementary documents with each of your applications. We would however recommend that you tailor each Statement of Purpose specifically for every course for which you have applied.

What should I include with my application?

How do I submit my supporting documents?

Following the submission of your application and payment of your application fee, you will be sent an email by the Postgraduate Admissions team with a link to access the upload facility. You will then be able to upload supporting documents, which will enable your application to be considered.

Please note that we cannot accept documents submitted via email.
Please do not post any hard copy documents at this time. Should you be made an offer, you will then be asked to supply original documents by post.

Who should I use as my referees?

If you graduated within the last two years, you will need to supply two academic references. These can be from anybody who has taught or tutored you during your University education. If you graduated over two years ago, we will normally accept either one professional and one academic reference, or two professional references.

How should my references be submitted?

If you complete the references section of the application form, including email addresses, then your referees will be emailed by the Postgraduate Admissions team and asked to submit their reference via an online submission form. Please note that they will be emailed only once and it remains your responsibility to make sure that both references have been submitted. References submitted by email will not be acceptable.

If your referees cannot submit references electronically, they can be submitted by hard copy. They will need to be signed originals on letter headed paper. When requesting a reference, you must complete a reference form for each referee.

The referee should attach their reference to the reference form you provide and send the reference plus reference form to you in an envelope, signed across the seal to ensure confidentiality. The two sealed envelopes should then be forwarded, by you, to:

Postgraduate Admissions Team
University House
University of Warwick

What should I include in my personal statement?

You must include a personal statement as part of your application, which should indicate your reasons for applying to the programme. The statement should be approximately 500 words in length and answer the following questions:

Do I need to get my documents translated?

Yes. We require all transcripts from higher learning (BA, BSc, MA, MSc for example) to be officially translated. This can be done at any British Council office or by your university. A document will be considered as a valid translation if it has an original stamp from an official translation company and is attached to the original document.

Is GMAT or GRE required?

Please see individual course requirements pages - GMAT is required to apply to the QTEM Programme

Do I need to take an English language test?

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. Please check individual course Requirements pages for details on required scores.

Which English language tests do you accept?

We recognise only the following English Language tests:

Can I get an exemption from the IELTS if I have been educated entirely in English?

If you are a non-native speaker of English and you have been educated entirely in English for the duration of your degree and completed this qualification within the last 2 years, this may be sufficient to satisfy the University of your language skills.

Please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team if you are in any doubt about the suitability of your qualifications and experience.

Can I apply before I have completed my degree, or language test?

You can apply before you have completed your degree. You will need to supply interim transcripts of your marks and modules to date with your application. You can also apply before you have received your language score. You should put the date of your English test on your application form and you can send in your score later. In both cases, if an offer is made it will most likely be conditional and dependant on you achieving the required grade/score for admission.

Can I submit my test scores through ETS?

Yes. To submit your test scores for IELTS (Academic)  please use the following codes:

University Code: 0806
Institute Code & Name: 0806 UNIVWARWICK

How long does it take to receive a decision?

The normal timescale for processing applications is between 4 and 8 weeks, assuming that the application is complete with all supporting documents and you have paid the application fee.

Do you have more than one intake?

No. We only have one intake per year for our Masters courses, which will be in either in September or October.

How do I check the status of my application?

You will receive updates on the progress of your application by email from the Postgraduate Admissions Team. If you apply online, you may track the status of your application online.

If you wish to check whether we have received all of your supporting information in order to process your application, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team directly. Submit your query online or call: +44 (0)2476 524 585.

Do you offer online or distance learning courses?

The only distance learning programme we offer is the Distance learning MBA. The admission requirements for this course are outlined in full here.

What career support can I expect?

WBS students are  offered support from the WBS CareersPlus team which provides a bespoke service exclusively for our students.

Support includes careers fairs, sector insight events, employer networking events and recruitment presentations, access to the university’s job board, unlimited one to one career appointments, advice and guidance, application checks, mock interviews, a weekly WBS careers newsletter, academic and professional skills training, mock assessment centres, advice on finding work outside the UK, visa presentations and access to the WBS alumni and professional networks - including webinars by industry experts.

In addition to this, we run a programme of careers skills workshops, starting with online events over the summer to help you prepare for early application deadlines in Term 1, as well as workshops in the first few weeks of the academic year. These events are designed to match the typical timelines of UK recruitment processes, and aim to equip you with the skills to make high-quality applications and to perform well in interviews and assessment centres.

We encourage you to be proactive and to make the most of the opportunities and resources available at WBS to learn more about your chosen career and to develop your professional skills and network.


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