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Applications for Postgraduate Study

When to apply

Applications are accepted from the first of September in each year, for admission in October of the following year. There are two deadlines for applications: in the first week of January and in the first week of March. If places are available, then applications may be considered after the second deadline. If not, then potential applicants will need to wait until the following September to begin their application. The application process can take a little time: you will need to gather together some basic supporting evidence regarding previous study, language proficiency, and current employment, and obtain at least two references. For this reason, we advise you to start the process well in advance of the deadline.

How to apply

You will apply using the University's graduate application form. You will need to upload supporting documents required for your course and pay a £75 ee to submit your application. Note that if you are unable to obtain a transcript of previous higher education, you should simply upload a (document containing a) statement to that effect.

A range of assistive measures are in place to support applications from students with disabilities — for example, a paper application will be accepted where necessitated by an applicant's disability. See the University application guidance.

Interview

Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process. These will take place within eight weeks of the application deadline, will last between 20 and 30 minutes, and may be conducted either in person or as a video conference.

References

We will consider references from anyone in a position to comment on your readiness for postgraduate study. It would be good if one of your referees were able to comment on your academic ability or previous education, and the other were able to comment on your professional experience. A reference from your current employer or line manager is always welcome.

Admission criteria

Applications are invited from anyone with sufficient experience or proven ability in software, security, or data engineering. An appreciation of the challenges and practices facing professionals in the field is expected, together with an appropriate level of logical, mathematical, or analytical skills. A typical applicant will have at least two years' experience in a professional environment, and an undergraduate degree in a related subject. However, more extensive experience may compensate for a lack of formal qualifications, and a strong, immediately-relevant qualification may compensate for a lack of professional experience.

A good command of both written and spoken English is expected. Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.