Graduate Offers Holders


Frequently Asked Questions

You will find our most frequently asked questions for offer holders below.

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Postgraduate Offer Holder FAQs

What is the deadline for accepting my offer?  

If the offer letter gives a specific date to respond by, you need to respond to your offer by that date, otherwise your offer will be automatically withdrawn.   

If the offer letter asks you to respond within 4 weeks please try to do so. If a response cannot be provided in 4 weeks please respond as soon as you are able to.

If no deadline or timeline is indicated in your offer letter, there is no fixed deadline as such, although we would like decisions to be made as soon as possible. This will allow us to prepare for your arrival at UCL.

However, if you will be applying for a student visa, you should aim to accept your unconditional offer as soon as possible to allow enough time for your CAS number to be issued (you will need this in order to apply) and for your visa application to be processed. We cannot prepare your CAS until your offer has been accepted.

What is the deadline for meeting the conditions of my offer?

If no deadline is indicated in your offer letter, there will be no specific deadline for you - but you should aim to meet your offer conditions sooner rather than later so that you have enough time to apply for a student visa, if necessary. Where possible, evidence of conditions being met should be sent to us by the start of September. This allows us to ensure that all your information is correct and ready for when you join us.

My grades may be affected by either missing courses or being taught by distance learning. What account will you take of this? 

If you will be unable to provide evidence of meeting the condition(s) set out in your offer letter because your institution is unable to provide your final classification, please contact us through your applicant portal. If you have not met the conditions of your offer, please upload your results and the Admissions Tutor will assess your results.

My programme requires a tuition fee deposit. What is the deadline for paying this?  

For September starters the payment deadline for full payment of the deposit will usually be the later of 
•    1 April preceding the start of studies or;
•    six weeks from the date of the offer of admission 

but no later than the day preceding the formal start date specified in the offer of admission. Please see your offer letter to view your specific offer deadline, the payment deadline will be specified in the offer letter.

If I decide to withdraw my application, will I get a refund on the deposit paid?   

As per the UCL Tuition Fee Deposit Policy, we will not be able to offer refunds if you decide to withdraw and do not defer your offer to 2022/23.

I am applying for a scholarship, can my deadline be extended?

Should an offer holder have an application for appropriate funding pending, which will not be decided by the deadline, UCL may consider extending the deadline accordingly. Any such extension will be subject to receipt, by Graduate Admissions, of evidence of the application for funding in the form of a formal, dated letter from the funding body on its letter head and signed by an authorised officer of the funding body specifying the name of the offer holder and expected date of decision. Should UCL agree to extend the deadline, full payment must be made by the extended deadline or exemption agreed.

Postgraduate Deferrals FAQs

Is deferral allowed for my programme?  

Most departments are happy to consider deferral requests but there are some exceptions. Please login to your applicant portal which will advise whether a deferral is possible for your programme.

Is there a deadline for deferring? 

The deadline for deferring is Friday 20 August 2021 at 23.59BST. However, we would ask that you request a deferral as soon as possible in order to help us with managing our intake.

Can I defer after I have accepted an unconditional offer? 

It will be fine for you to accept your offer now and then withdraw or request a deferral at a later stage. This will not incur a financial charge. If you end up paying the deposit and then decide to defer, the money you have paid will go towards your 2022/23 tuition fees.  
If you are applying to defer when the start date has passed we will be unable to consider your deferral.

Can I defer for a second time?  

UCL does not permit second deferrals. We hope that by summer 2021, the significant coronavirus restrictions will have been eased and we expect that from the start of the 2021/22 academic year students will have a blend of on campus and online teaching and learning. We have strong contingency plans for any resurgence of coronavirus in London, so that you can undertake your education with us whatever the circumstances. We will keep our plans under continuous review, guided by the UK Government and insights from UCL’s own world leading health experts. 

If you have already deferred once and will not be able to start your studies in September 2021 you would need to reapply for 2022 entry when applications open in November 2021. However, please note that applications will be considered as new and in competition with all other applications for that particular intake.


I am an international student and need a student visa to study in the UK. When will I receive my CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)?

Please accept your offer as soon as possible and ideally by mid-May as we will start contacting those that have accepted their offer in May to discuss generating a CAS number. This ensures that communications can be sent accordingly and that tasks can be completed on time.

Note: If you intend to renew your passport in this timeframe do not complete the task until you have received your new passport.

When should I apply for my visa if my teaching begins online?

You can submit your application for a student visa up to 3 months before you begin your studies in person in the UK. So, if you begin your studies online, then you will not need a student visa at that time. 

Will the two-year post-study work visa be in effect next year? (Graduate Immigration Route)

On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.  
The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid student visa at the time of application. 

The new route will be launched in the summer of 2021, meaning that any eligible student who graduates in the summer of 2021 or after will be able to apply for the route. This includes students who have already started their programme and therefore includes students that started in the 2020/21 academic year. Read more about immigration and visas here.

The Graduate Route will replace the Doctorate Extension Scheme visa once it comes into effect.   

Further information about the new visa route can be found on the Home Office website. 

Pre-arrival information

Can you put me in touch with other new students on my programme?

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet students from your programme as well as other programmes during the Enrolment and Freshers week. You may also wish to search for UCL Freshers 2021 groups on Facebook.

Does UCL provide an airport pickup service?

UCL does not offer airport pick up as London is well-served by transport links and UCL is located in the Bloomsbury district at the very centre of London. There are easy connections to UCL from London’s global hub airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and you will find that London’s extensive public transport system is convenient and easy to use.

Finding your way to UCL from the airport

Pre-enrolment and Enrolment

What is pre-enrolment?

Pre-enrolment allows you to confirm that the information we hold about you and your programme is correct. This includes your personal details and information about your programme itself and your fees.  

If everything is correct, you’ll also have a chance to pay your fees online (or confirm sponsorship if applicable).  

You can easily complete pre-enrolment online on your phone or laptop – it only takes a few minutes to complete.  

As part of pre-enrolment, you’ll also be asked to accept a number of academic and financial regulations, data protection statements, and to confirm your membership with Students’ Union UCL.  

When do I complete pre-enrolment?

When pre-enrolment is available for your programme, you’ll receive an invitation email with a link for you to start the process.  

This email can only be sent once you've accepted your offer and met any conditions. For further information about the pre-enrolment process, please see UCL’s new students pages.

Invitations will be sent from mid-August. Where possible please complete your pre-enrolment prior to the start date of your programme.


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