How to Apply
UWTSD has a diverse postgraduate community. We welcome applications from all walks of life, whether you have recently graduated or have been away from education for some time.
Applications for all Taught Postgraduate courses can be made through our online application form.
Alternatively, you can submit an application by completing the form below and returning it to our Registry Department.
Taught Postgraduate Application Form (2017) For PG Cert, PG Dip, MA, MSc, MBA and MTh programmes)
Postgraduate Research Application Form (For MRes, MPhil, PhD applications)
2017 Postgraduate Referee Request Form to be used in conjunction with the forms above.
In addition to the personal and academic details required on the application form, you will be asked to name two referees. Ideally your referees should be able to provide an academic reference but professional or personal (not family) references are acceptable for applicants who have not recently been in education, if you are unsure about obtaining a reference please contact the admissions tutor who will be able to provide guidance.
Advice for International students and students from the European Union can also be found in the International section of this site.
Entry to research degrees and distance learning courses takes place at two points during the year: 1 February and 1 October.
Postgraduate taught programmes originating in Carmarthen and Lampeter programmes start on the 1st October and some may start the 1st February subject to availabiltiy.
Swansea-based taught programmes begin in the last week in September and at the beginning of the last week in January.
We recommend that you submit your application at least 6 weeks prior to the start of your chosen programme. Applications received after this time will be considered on an individual basis.
- Prior to completing an application, we advise that you contact the admissions tutor whose contact details are provided on the course information page to discuss your suitability for your chosen programme and any queries that you might have.
- Applicants for Carmarthen or Lampeter programmes should complete the online application form on our website and submit it along with your supporting documents. An e-mail acknowledgment will be sent to you once your application has been received.
- For Swansea-based programmes please complete the application form on our website (editable pdf) and submit it along with your supporting documents as directed, either via e-mail, or as a hard copy via post or in person at the address given on the form.
- The Admissions Team in Registry will contact you via e-mail for further information if your application needs further assessment e.g. in relation to your fee status or any reasonable adjustments that may be required.
- Within three weeks of receiving all of your application documents (including your references) and following an interview (if applicable) you should receive a decision from Registry Admissions in writing (by standard UK mail and via e-mail to overseas addresses).
- If you are successful in being offered a place on your chosen programme, the offer you receive will be unconditional, or conditional upon you achieving certain requirements for entry.
- You will need to either accept or decline your offer of a place as directed in your offer letter (within two weeks from the date on your letter, or prior to the commencement of the programme - whichever is sooner). If you accept a conditional offer of a place, you will need to provide the required documentation as directed in your offer letter as evidence that you have met the conditions of your offer.
- Once your place has been confirmed, you can expect to receive enrolment and induction information three to fours weeks prior to the start of the course.
1. Application Processing
1.0 Application processing times can vary but providing that we have received all of your supporting documents, you can normally expect to receive a decision within three weeks of submitting your application.
1.1 If you have not received any correspondence from the University within this timeframe and you wish to track the progress of you application, please contact the Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bear in mind that if you are required to attend an interview, the arranging of a mutually convenient time could delay the processing of your application.
1.2 An interview may not always be necessary, in some instances the Admissions Tutor may be able to make a decision based on your application form and supporting documents.
2.0 In order to avoid any unnecessary delays in processing your application, we recommend that you contact your referee in advance of submitting your application to make him/her aware that the University will be in contact to request a reference.
2.1 We would anticipate that your referee should be able to supply the University with a reference within 2 weeks of receiving the request. Please note that it may not be possible to give full consideration to your application until your reference has been received.
2.2 It is your responsibility to ensure that your referee supplies a reference.
2.3 If you have been out of education and/or work for any length of time and are unsure about securing an academic reference, please discuss this with the admissions tutor who can advise on alternative arrangements.
3. Your contact information
3.0 Please ensure that you inform the Admissions Team at email@example.com of any changes to the contact details that you provided on your application form, including your postal address. This will ensure that you receive relevant correspondence from the University, which could include a request for further information in support of your application, an invitation to attend an interview, an offer of a place and enrolment and induction information.
4. International applicants and overseas residents
4.0 International applicants resident overseas will receive their offer letter via e-mail and will have a hard copy posted to their home address.
5. Accepting, Declining and Deferring an offer
5.0 If you are offered a place, it is essential that you respond to your offer as directed in your offer letter.
5.1 If you do not formally accept your offer, you will not receive any future correspondence regarding enrolment and induction.
5.2 Please be aware that if you decline your offer, your application will be withdrawn.
5.3 If you wish to defer your offer of a place, you will need to inform the Registry department in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may request to defer your place to the next academic session, but subsequent to this, you will be required to complete a new application.
Taught Postgraduate Programmes (MA/MSc/MTh/MBA)
Applicants are expected to have a good first degree (a first or upper second) although candidates with lower degree classifications may be admitted at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, with an opportunity to upgrade to Master's level if satisfactory progress is made.
Every application is considered on its own merit, so places may be offered on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications and criteria, including maturity, professional qualifications and relevant experience. Applicants with non-standard qualifications are advised to submit a short curriculum vitae with their application form.
We also welcome applications from members of the Armed Forces and recognise the training and education undertaken whilst serving.
We welcome applications from international students and consider such applications using the same academic criteria as for all other applications. All international students whose first language is not English must demonstrate their competence, in both written and spoken English, through a minimum IELTS score of grade 6.5 (or equivalent).
We welcome applications from students with disabilities. Our student support staff are available to discuss your individual situation and work with academic staff to make any necessary, reasonable adjustments to help you get the most from your studies. If you have a disability, we encourage you to come and discuss your needs with us as soon as possible.
To apply for all full-time PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) courses please complete an application through the online 'Apply' system on the UCAS Teacher Training website
You cannot submit more than one application in the same cycle.
Please check before applying that you can satisfy the admissions requirements for the course you wish to follow. Entry requirements are displayed on the UCAS Teacher Training website.
If you do hold a C grade at GCSE English Language or Maths and are planning to undertake an equivalency test please enter 'deferred' in the appropriate qualifications section.
When to apply for PGCE courses
There are two Apply windows, Apply 1 and Apply 2.
- Apply 1 opens in late October in the year before the training programme begins and closes in mid September in the year that the programme starts. Applicants can make up to three choices in Apply 1 to be considered by training providers in parallel.
- Apply 2 opens in November in the year before the training programme begins and closes at the end of October in the year that the programme starts. Applicants can enter Apply 2 when they have been through Apply 1 and are not holding any offers. In Apply 2 applicants make one choice at a time; they can make as many choices as they want within the timeframe but they will be considered sequentially.
It is recommended that you apply early, as places are filled quickly. Some programmes will close to applications during the cycle. Applicants should regularly check the availability status of programmes on the UCAS Teacher Training website, as closed programmes may later reopen.
After completing your online application, you will need to pay the UCAS application processing fee of £23 (£24 for 2017 entry), via the internet using a credit or debit card.
For further information on the application process, please visit the UCAS Teacher Training website
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