Your Step By Step Guide To Applying For A Part-Time Masters

All applications to our part-time Masters courses are made via our online portal. Your Learning Advisor will be able to provide you with the online application link for your programme. Alternatively, you can visit our website page.

How to start application process

You will be required to create an account before starting your application. Our portal allows you to complete your application in stages by clicking the save icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. The portal also has helpful links throughout, guiding you through the process.

How to supply supporting documents

Ensuring that all your supporting documents are included as part of your application will enable the Admissions Department to process your application as quickly as possible. You can choose to supply your supporting documents in the following ways:

  • Online: All supporting documents can be uploaded in the Education section of your application. It is highly recommended that you also provide a copy of your CV, passport and residency documents (if applicable) in this section too. All your submitted documents must be in PDF format and you are limited to a maximum of 12 files.
  • Email: You can also scan your documents and email them to your dedicated Learning Advisor who can upload them for you. Please note that restrictions are in place to limit the files we receive to a maximum of 9MB per email – so we do recommend your upload your own documents during the online submission of your application. If you do not know who to send your supporting documents to, please email them to pt.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk clearly stating your name, chosen course and application reference number.

The application form

Here you will be asked to provide your personal details such as home address, contact details and residency status. As part of confirming your identity, you will need to submit an accepted form of photographic identification – we recommend a valid passport. These can be uploaded at the end of the Education section.
You will be asked about your educational background including current or past studies such as college, university and any professional certified training you may have completed. Please remember if you state you have completed an award (i.e. an undergraduate degree) you are required to show evidence by submitting a copy of the award certificate, even if the award is not relevant to your chosen Masters subject. Non-academic awards and professional certificates (i.e. PRINCE2, CEH, CISSP, MCSE etc.) can be listed by ticking the box below qualifications. Remember, all certificates and awards can be uploaded at the end of this section.
In this section you will be asked to provide details of your employment history including your employer’s name, your current and past job roles and associated dates. Uploading an up-to-date CV in the Education section is recommended and is highly beneficial to your overall application.
Next, you will be asked to write a statement of purpose that clearly describes your academic and professional abilities for this course and why you wish to undertake further study. You may type your personal statement straight into this section (don’t forget to save it as you go along) or you can cut and paste from a word document.  Your statement should be an engaging and well-structured statement, highlighting the following points:

  • Your reasons for applying to this course
  • Your skills and achievements to date that are related to this course
  • Your work experience and background
Here you will be asked some questions about tuition fees and how you heard about the course.
As part of your application you are required to provide contact details for a referee. You are also entitled to provide an optional second referee. Your referee should know you in an academic or professional context and cannot be a family member. You need to ensure that you provide accurate details for your referee such as a phone number and email address as your referee(s) will be contacted automatically by email once your application is submitted. Please note that a professional email address is required for all referees and personal email addresses will not be accepted (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail etc.).

What happens next

Once you have completed your application form, ensure that you have thoroughly checked all provided information, as you will be unable to make any changes once submitted.

After you have submitted your application you will be presented with a summary which you can print for future reference. You will also receive an email confirming that you have successfully completed your form. We advise that you confirm with your Learning Advisor once you have submitted your application. We will then check that the application form is fully complete and carry out an initial review before forwarding it to the relevant admissions and faculty team for consideration. If your application is not fully complete or requires further information, a member of our team will be in contact.

We aim to process applications a quickly as possible but at busy times, it can take up to 10 working days. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible in order to receive a faster turnaround time.

If you have any further questions or would like to know more information on any of our part-time courses, you can contact our team at pt.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk or by calling 0207 444 0980.

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