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Postgraduate Courses

Applying for a postgraduate course at NTU

You can apply for most of our postgraduate courses directly through our Applicant Portal

You can apply for your chosen course by clicking on the "Apply" button on the top right-hand corner of the relevant course page.

Find out more info on the application process and how to apply for our postgraduate courses.

The majority of our postgraduate courses do not have an application deadline and places are reserved on a first come, first served basis until the course becomes full or starts. However, some of our postgraduate courses do have application deadlines, so we'd always encourage you to check the 'how to apply' section on the relevant course page for more information.

We would always recommend applying as soon as possible as we may close the course if it is full. If you are an international student, we recommend you apply no later than three months before the course start date, to ensure there is enough time to get your visa application processed.

You can update your personal details through the Applicant Portal.

If for any reason you are unable to do this, please contact us. We will need to see proof of ID to change sensitive data.

You can find all of our entry criteria on our course pages.

Academic references should be from your last school or college on headed paper.

Employer references should include details of your role, duties and length of employment. This can be sent to us directly by the organisation to Please note, it may take up to 5 working days for us to process references that have been emailed to us.

Alternatively, you can upload a copy of your reference to the Applicant Portal - it must be written on headed paper and signed by the referee.

If you want to change the course you applied for, you need to make a new application.

Log in to the Applicant Portal – you can make up to 5 course applications each academic year. Once you receive your decisions you can choose which offers to accept or decline.

If you're an international student, you may need to do one of our pre-sessional English courses in order to demonstrate your standard of English meets our requirements. You can find more information about our Pre-Sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) courses on our website.

For entry onto a PEAP course you will need to have already completed an IELTS test. You can then work out what length of course you would be required to take to meet the English requirements for your course.

You will need to apply for PEAP alongside your follow-on course application and you will receive a separate offer for each.

Applications can take up to 10 working days to process, or longer during busy periods. Updates will show on the applicant portal. Please upload your IELTS certificate with your course application if you have one.

Access the Applicant Portal here.

If you're having trouble accessing your applicant portal account, please try resetting your password using the email address you applied with. If you are still having trouble, please contact to explain the issue - make sure you include your full name, date of birth and NTU ID number if possible. You may wish to attach screenshots of the issue to help us resolve it quickly.

Your offer

Applications can take up to 10 working days to process, or longer during busy periods.

Updates are shown on the applicant portal. If we require further information to support your application we will contact you for this, which may delay an offer being made.

Please note, courses which require an interview or portfolio submission take longer to make an offer.

You have approximately eight weeks to accept your offer and you will receive a reminder email four weeks after the original offer was made.

If the offer is not accepted in this timescale, the application is automatically withdrawn. Offers can be reinstated after withdrawal if requested, as long as there is still space on the course.

We use guidance from UKCISA to help assess your fee status (i.e. whether you're eligible for Home or International fees).

Generally, to be eligible for Home fees you would need to:

  • hold an acceptable settled status e.g. indefinite leave to reman, British citizen, EU status; and
  • have three-year ordinary residency in a relevant area.

Please note, you may be asked to provide relevant documentation to evidence that you have made a home living in the UK or relevant area e.g. utility bills, bank statements.

For more advice around your personal circumstances, please visit UKCISA.

If you have received an offer to study and believe that your fee status is incorrect, please complete our fee assessment form. If you have any queries regarding the process, please contact us using our online enquiry form, selecting the fee assessment option.

Scholarships and alumni discount

We offer a number of scholarships for prospective students to help fund your postgraduate study. You need to have been made an offer to study with NTU on an eligible course before applying for a scholarship. Find out more and apply.

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% discount to recent NTU alumni for most of our postgraduate courses.

This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course and is automatically applied at enrolment if you're eligible.

Full terms and conditions, as well as a list of excluded courses, can be found on our fees and funding page.