International students - postgraduate applications

Applying for a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research programme

Are you an international student ready to apply for your place on a taught or research postgraduate programme at Plymouth University? Simply complete the application form either online, or download an editable PDF or Word document and send it to us via post or e-mail with your supporting documents. 

For entry requirements, including English language requirements, visit the specific information page for the programme you're interested in, or see our country information page.

Completing your application

It’s important to include all the necessary information so we can process your application as quickly as possible.

Don’t forget to send:

  • Your fully completed and signed application form.
  • Original, or certified copies, of your qualifications to date, for example first degree certificate and full transcripts. 
  • Two references; at least one from an academic who has taught you. Both must be on headed paper and in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by your referees.
  • A copy of the information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport at any time before you come to the UK to study).
  • A copy of any previous or current UK visa.
  • Any English language qualification you have to date - for example: IELTS or PTE Academic. See our English language requirements on our country information sheets or email us at international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk for details of other tests accepted.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume detailing relevant work experience, if you feel it will contribute to your application.
  • Your personal statement. This is a short essay or letter, written by you and explaining your reasons for applying to Plymouth University. Explain why you feel the University should offer you a place on the course, using previous study and/ or work experience, as well as your personal interests, to support this. Make particular and detailed reference to the degree course you are applying for.

Sending in your application

Scan and email your application form and documents to international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk. Although email applications are acceptable initially, your original documents, or in some cases certified copies, may be required later on as one of the conditions on your offer letter.

Or post your documents to: Plymouth University International Admissions, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom. We’d recommend posting by courier or recorded delivery for speed and security.

Your offer letter

Conditional offer letters will be sent to you by email, so make sure you put your current email address on your application form and check this email regularly. Unconditional letters will also be sent to you by email after all the conditions of your offer have been met. 

What happens next?

Once your conditions have been met, we’ll need your £2,000 tuition fee deposit. Then we’ll send you the CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). You’ll need your unconditional letter, and the CAS if you need to apply for a student visa to study in the UK.

For more information about student visas, and to find out if you need one, visit International Student Advice (ISA) and select 'I am a new student'.

Important information: Plymouth University is a licensed Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System and holds Tier 4 Sponsor status. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we’re required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements. That means we’ll look at previous studies in the UK and other aspects outlined in UKBA guidance for sponsors.