After you apply

We will acknowledge receipt of your application via email (online applications) or by letter (paper applications) within 2 working days.

If you have not sent all your supporting documents with your application, please do so as soon as possible so that your application can be considered and a decision made on whether to offer you a place. Please quote your Swansea student number in all correspondence with us.

Your application will be considered “complete” once your supporting documentation is received: it will be processed by the Postgraduate Admissions Office and then sent to the relevant Admissions Tutor in the appropriate College for a decision.

Our decision:

Following consideration by Admissions Tutors in the academic Colleges, you will be informed whether:

  • You are to be offered a place
  • You are to be invited for interview
  • We are unable to offer you a place

You will receive either a conditional or unconditional offer from us, or we will inform you that we are unable to offer you a place. We will notify you of our decision by letter (international applicants are sent a copy of their letter by email). Offer letters to candidates in the UK are sent by first class post. Airmail postage times from the UK vary depending on the country of destination.

Taught Master's applications: Once we have received all the necessary supporting documentation, we aim to notify you of our decision (or issue an invitation for interview) within 10 working days from the date we acknowledge receipt of your application.

Research degree applications: we aim to make a decision within 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the additional information we require (for example, further details of your research proposal).


The majority of programmes do not require an interview as part of the selection process. If an interview is required, the purpose and format will be communicated to you by the College so you know what to expect and what role this plays in the overall selection process.

A few Masters’ courses (specifically in the Department of English Language and Literature) require candidates to provide additional written work to supplement an application.

Once you have an offer

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After the application process


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