Applying for a postgraduate taught degree

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online by visiting the web pages for your chosen degree programme in the University's Postgraduate Study website. Find the taught programme you want to apply for and then click the 'Apply online' button on the programme page.
You can use this online system to upload all your supporting documents. Remember we need to receive these before we can make a decision. Full details on how to apply for postgraduate study can be found on the University Postgraduate Study website.

Fast track system for current Exeter undergraduates

If you are a current Exeter undergraduate applying for a postgraduate taught degree please apply using our Fast Track system.

Supporting documents required

All application documents must be submitted in English.  Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

Degree transcripts/certificates

This can either be your final degree transcript and certificate, if you have completed your degree, or an interim transcript if you are currently studying for your degree.

A transcript is a list of the modules you have or are studying, complete with your final or current marks.  Transcripts submitted as part of your application must be official transcripts or verified by your academic institution (in the case of interim transcripts).

English language proficiency documents

Please visit our English Language Requirements page for full details.


We normally require one academic reference, preferably from a current or past tutor who can comment on your academic work and ability.

If you are unable to obtain an academic reference, we will also accept a professional reference from a current or recent employer, which discusses your work ethic and ability to complete tasks to strict deadlines, etc.

Please note that you may be asked to provide additional references post-application if required.

We will not be contacting referees to request references, you must arrange for them to be submitted to us by the application deadline.  References should be submitted by your referees to us directly in the form of a letter.  Referees must email their references to us from their institutional email accounts.  We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts, unless it is a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee.

Personal statement

Your personal statement should be no more than circa 500 words in length.  Your personal statement should discuss why you are applying to this degree programme; why you feel you are suited to this degree programme (and/or pathway if applicable); and what you would like to use the degree for post-graduation.


If you are applying from a non-standard background, which means that you do not meet the standard entry criteria or you have been away from academia for a significant period of time (more than 5 years) we recommend you include a CV as part of your application.

Your CV should include your academic qualifications as well as any relevant work experience you may have had.  If you have been actively involved in the research community for your chosen field of study, for example published papers in journals, etc, please include this information here as well.