If you are ready to apply to study online with the University of Sussex you need to contact our study online Admissions Team who will send you a personalised link to our Applications Portal. You can do this by calling them on +44 (0) 1273 019311 or sending them an email to studyonlineadmissions@sussex.ac.uk

Once you have your personalised link, follow the steps below to complete your application.

Stage 1 – create an account

When you are ready to apply, contact the Study Online Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1273 019311 or send an email to studyonlineadmissions@sussex.ac.uk

We will then send you a link to create an account for our applications portal.


Stage 2 – complete the application form

Once you have created an account, you will receive an email with a link to the application form.

To complete your application you need to:

  • select the intake you would like to join
  • fill in your personal and contact details
  • upload all required documents
  • complete your personal statement.

You can save and return to your application at any time before submitting it.


Stage 3 – submit your application

When you are happy with your application, press submit and it will be sent for formal review.

If we require any further information or documents from you will contact you to request these.


Stage 4 – decision

We aim to assess all standard applications and make a decision on them within 24 hours (Monday to Friday).

If you are a non-standard applicant (e.g. you do not meet the entry requirements, or you have professional experience rather than academic qualifications), it may take us a little longer to review your application and make a decision.

Once a decision has been made, the outcome will be uploaded to your application portal and we’ll contact you regarding the next steps.


Stage 5 – confirm your place

If your application is successful you’ll need to accept your offer in your portal account. You will then be sent a link to our online shop where you will pay your deposit, the fee for the first module of the course.


Common questions about the admissions process

How long does it take to apply?

The application process is designed to be quick and simple. Once you have gathered all your documents and received a link to the portal, it should take no longer than 30 minutes.


Do I need an interview before I apply?

Interviews are not part of the application process. However, if you have not spoken to an Admissions Advisor already, it can be extremely useful to discuss your suitability for the course and what to expect as an online student.

You can arrange a convenient time to speak to the Admissions team by contacting us by phone or email. We’re usually free to speak between 8am-4pm (GMT), Monday to Friday.


Can I save and return to my application?

You can save and make changes to your application at any time prior to submission. Your username and password will allow you to go in and out of the portal.


Can I make changes to my application once it has been submitted?

It’s not possible to make changes once your application has been submitted. Your Admissions Advisor will be in touch if any key details or documents are missing from your application and can ‘reopen’ your application if necessary.


Who should I contact if I am having difficulties?

If you have any questions about your application, or you’d like to know how your application is progressing please contact your Admissions Advisor. You can contact us via telephone on +44 (0) 1273 019311 or studyonlineadmissions@sussex.ac.uk


What documents do I need to provide?

To apply for the course, you will need to provide a scanned or clearly photographed copy of:

  • your highest qualification – certificate or transcript
  • your C.V./résumé
  • your personal statement (approximately one page)
  • your passport photo page.

If your grades do not meet the standard entry criteria, you are also required to upload a reference letter from a former tutor or employer. Letters must be written on university or business headed paper.

International students may also be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Admissions Advisors will offer guidance on the exact documents that you will need to provide for your application.


What should I include in my personal statement?

The personal statement should include a paragraph on:

  • your individual motivations for studying the course
  • your suitability to study at Masters level
  • how you feel you can add value to your cohort and contribute as a student.

Applicants whose first language is not English may also be required to write a paragraph to show their English language competency.


Can I apply if I don’t have a degree or if my grades are lower than the standard requirements?

We welcome applications from candidates who have strong experience in a relevant role or industry sector. Non-standard applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the academic selector.


Do you make any exemptions to the English language proficiency test requirement?

International students may be granted exemption from taking an English language proficiency test if they can prove their English language competency through a phone or video call, their personal statement and supporting references.


When will I know the outcome of my application?

You can expect to know the outcome of your application within five working days. We aim to respond to standard applications within 24 hours. We will inform you if your application has been sent to the academic selector for a review.


More information

For any questions about applying to study online with Sussex or your application please contact our study online Admissions Team by phone +44 (0) 1273 019311 or studyonlineadmissions@sussex.ac.uk


Useful links

Tips for applying to study a Masters at Sussex

Tips for writing a personal statement

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