Postgraduate Applicants


Postgraduate Applicants

Applications for most Postgraduate courses are made direct to the University.

If you are considering a studying a postgraduate course starting in September 2024 or January 2025, then please be aware application deadlines are in place which may affect your first choice of start date or course selection.

Before you begin, make sure you know the name of the course you are applying for and have copies of all relevant documents to hand.

  • Official copies of your College/University Certificate (if available at time of application)
  • Official copies of your Academic Transcripts (if available at time of application)
  • Copy of current and up-to-date CV
  • Letters of Reference (if available)
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (non-UK students only) 
  • Copy of Passport (International full time applicants only or as requested)
  • Evidence of Sponsorship or Scholarship (if appropriate/applicable)

I have started or submitted my application

If you need to re-access your application to submit it or upload further information or document.

After I apply for postgraduate courses

The University operates a centralised admissions service and all postgraduate applications are submitted to the Admissions Office. All applications are then checked to ensure they are complete and ready to be assessed by an Admissions Adviser.

During the assessment applications are checked for Fee Status, Criminal Conviction declaration and Disability declaration. In all instances further information will be requested from the applicant in line with Data Protection and Freedom of Information Policies (see policies and procedures).

How long will my application take to get processed?

  • We will acknowledge your application within 5 working days. Ensuring the application provides all the information needed for us to make a decision, will reduce the timeframe needed to make a decision. At present the timeframe is several weeks due to the significant volumes being received. Applications which require an assessment by academic staff, such as those applications for advanced entry or for portfolio assessment, may take longer.
  • Please understand that this timeframe alters depending on the course you are applying for and also the time of year that you apply.
  • If you have any queries about your application, we are happy to answer these over the phone or through email.
  • If you have applied online, we will start to process your application as soon as we have received all of the supporting documents that are required.
  • Once we have made a decision we will send you an email confirming this.
  • If you have been successful in your application, you will be able to follow a link from this email to your Offer Letter.

Decisions on the academic entry requirements are made centrally for the majority of courses.

Paper and electronic application records are held securely by the Admissions Office and access is restricted to those involved in the admissions process.


Deadlines are agreed for individual courses. Make sure you apply in time to be sure of your chance of a place.

Appeals Feedback and Complaints

The University is committed to providing feedback, when requested, to any applicant whose application has been unsuccessful.

Feedback will be given to enable applicants to reflect on their progress through the application process and does not constitute a reconsideration of an application or a challenge to the University's decision on an application.

Further information

The University aims to consider all applications fairly and effectively in line with our policies and procedures. If an applicant is dissatisfied with the outcome or treatment of their application they are entitled to submit an appeal or complaint and should refer to the Appeals Procedure for Applicants for further information including the permissible grounds for appeal or the Complaints Handling Procedure (see policies and procedures).

Policies and Procedures

There are a number of policies and procedures that may affect an individual who is applying to the University.

Some policies or procedures are only applicable to applicants to certain courses or only to one group of applicants (e.g. international students). If you have any queries about the information on these pages and whether they affect you, please contact

The main policies and procedures effecting applicants are:

RGU Policies are reviewed and refreshed on a regular basis so check regularly for the current version.

Course and module disclaimer

Our website contains information intended as a guide for applicants for courses delivered by Robert Gordon University. To ensure the continued currency of its courses and modules the University addresses the requirements of external advisors and associated professional, statutory or regulatory bodies, and implements changes to content and/or structure. The University has taken every care to be as accurate as possible. However, the information must be read as subject to change and you are recommended to review the website on a regular basis.

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