Why apply early?

Your application to study online is the first big step in your student journey with the University of Birmingham – and there are many reasons to start this process early:

1) More time to prepare your supporting documents

First off, it’s a good idea to give yourself enough time to make sure that all of your supporting documents meet or exceed the admissions requirements – as explained via your Recruitment Coordinator.

Start early and you’ll have more time to prepare the following:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume – First, we’ll need an up-to-date CV or resume, clearly listing any academic and professional experience relevant to the online programme you’ve chosen.

Degree transcripts and certificates – If your degree is from a university in the UK, you can upload a colour scan of the transcript showing your marks for each year, along with a colour copy of your certificate.

If you studied outside of the UK and these documents aren’t in English, we’ll also need a certified translation. You’ll need to submit transcripts and documents for all university levels listed on your application and CV.

References – These should include information about your suitability for the programme you’ve chosen. The number and type you need to submit will depend on your chosen programme.

Personal statement / statement of purpose – This should explain why you’re applying to study with us and gives an idea of your intentions. It also helps with how you think it’ll aid your personal and professional development.

Language test certificate – The content of all our programmes is delivered in British English. If English is not your first language, you’ll need to submit a suitable language test or qualification certificate – like an IELTS certificate or equivalent - to show that you’re qualified to start studying. The exact level of English qualification you need will depend on the programme you’re applying to study.

However organised you are, response times of the organisations you’re depending on – be it a language test centre or translation company – will be out of your control. By applying early, you’ll have time to chase people up and get hold of what you need.

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2) A chance to optimise your personal statement

Your personal statement gives us an idea of your intentions and is a chance for you to demonstrate a connection to the subject area you would like to study. It is also an opportunity for you to make it personal to yourself so you can showcase what you’re looking to achieve.

If you chose to start your personal statement early, you will have time to create a truly impactful document that helps our admissions team and programme directors make their decision within the expected timeframe. Not only will you have a better chance of securing a place on your chosen programme, but you could get a decision in principle sooner – giving you more time to prepare.

3) More time to get ready for studying

Get it right and applying early could mean you’re accepted early too. Once you know you’re beginning your masters soon, you can start properly preparing for the months ahead.

You’ll have time to devise an online study schedule that fits around your other commitments, and to set up your working space properly, so you can hit the ground running when your online programme starts and get the most from your investment.

Still have questions about the applications process? Our admissions team is on hand to help – get in touch to find out more.

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