Application FAQ

Applications

Which MSc programme should I choose?

The MSc programme you choose to study will entirely depend on your personal interest and careers goal. We would advise you to visit our website where you can find the specifications for all of our programmes and to decide which one best matches your strengths and career goals.

How many ECTS points is the MSc programme worth?

Each MSc course is worth between 180 - 190 CATS credits. Each UK credit equals 0.5 of an ECTS credit, so 180 CATS = 90 ECTS.

Can I apply for more than one course?

When you fill in the online application form, you will be given the opportunity to indicate a second and third choice course, in order of preference. If your application is not successful for your first-choice course, your application will be passed to your second choice for consideration. The same application form and supporting documents will be used for all courses. Please do not complete and submit a separate application form for each course option that interests you, as this will cause delays in processing your application.

How many intakes do MSc programmes have per year?

All MSc Programmes offered at our Business School have a single intake per year in September, except the 'fast track exemptions route' Insurance and Risk Management course which has a January intake.

Do I need a GMAT test result to apply?

We highly recommend GMAT for applications to all our finance-related courses, in particular the MSc in Finance, and also the MSc in Management. For more detailed guidance, please visit our blog post on the GMAT. You can apply without a GMAT score report, but you might be asked to sit a GMAT test as condition of your offer.

Do I need work experience?

Please refer to individual course information pages on the website. In general, work experience is seen as an advantage, where relevant. National service is also considered, depending on the nature of your chosen course.

Do I need to provide details of high school education? What are O and A levels?

It is useful to provide details of your high school education in the application form, and it is essential for certain courses. Please see the relevant course page for details.

In the British education system, O and A levels are school leaving qualifications. Candidates are usually 16 years old when they take O levels/GCSEs. A levels are normally taken at 18 years old and are considered to be university entrance exams. If you have not studied these qualifications, please give details in the relevant section of the application form of your secondary/high school qualifications, including subjects taken and grades awarded.

Is there an application deadline?

We operate on a rolling admissions basis and normally close applications in mid-July each academic year. We strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience to allow time for application procedures. Any imminent course closures will be notified on the relevant course page.

Who is my regular contact once I’ve submitted my application?

All applicants are assigned a specific Admissions Officer, whose details will be made immediately available to you when you have submitted your form. They will be your regular contact for all queries you have regarding the admissions stage of your application. Responses to queries can take up to 3 working days.

You are also welcome to address any queries to cass-masters@city.ac.uk, but please avoid sending the same email to more than one party in separate emails. This can slow down responses as a result.

Is there an interview?

In some cases, the Admissions Panel will require an applicant to submit an online interview before a decision can be reached. If required, we will contact an applicant with full instructions and deadlines.

How long will it take to receive a decision on my application?

We endeavour to make a decision as quickly as possible – the maximum time will be within six weeks, upon the receipt of all required documents. Please note that all official correspondence (e.g. offer letters) will be sent by email. Please ensure you supply an up-to-date email address when applying, and check it regularly throughout the process.

Is it possible to defer my place to the following academic year?

Requesting a deferral is a possibility. Please write to your Admissions Officer and state your reasons for wishing to defer. Once the deferral has been considered, the Admissions Officer will let you know the outcome of the request.

When is the course start date?

Please refer to your course of interest to see the relevant information regarding start dates.

What is the deadline for accepting my offer?

The deadlines for accepting offers and paying deposits are individual and are stated in your offer letter. The deadline depends on the vacancies on the course and the point in the admissions cycle.

Please read your offer letter carefully as there might be a number of deadlines stated there. The letter also contains useful information and links.

Documents

Can I apply before I have my final degree results?

You can apply before you have your final degree results, but we will require an interim transcript showing your grades to date. We may then make you a conditional offer. If you are made an offer, we would then need to see the original or certified copy of the final transcript in order to upgrade your offer to unconditional.

Owing to Covid-19, we are currently working remotely and do not require hard copies of these. Please do not post them to our office address.

What is the deadline for submitting my final documents?

The deadline for submitting your final results and other offer documents is normally 1st of August. There might be circumstances where you would not be able to meet this deadline, so please contact your Admissions Officer as soon as possible and seek their advice in such cases.

We also might change some of the deadlines and will endeavour to inform you as early as possible.

Do I need to provide original documents?

Owing to Covid-19, we are currently working remotely and do not require hard copies of these. Please do not post them to our office address.

The scanned copies of your documents would be fine for the application stage – if an offer is made, then the original or secure electronic transcript/documents (where available) will be requested.

What is an original document and a certified copy of a document?

Owing to Covid-19, we are currently working remotely and do not require hard copies of these. Please do not post them to our office address.

The original document will be the document issued by your university and will have a stamp, seal or other security mark to confirm its authenticity. An original document is NOT a scanned copy or photocopy of the original.

A certified copy of a document is a photocopy that has been stamped/signed and verified as a true copy of the original by the issuing institution, a legal authority or, in the case of translated documents, the British Council or a certified translator.

What is the difference between a final degree transcript and an interim transcript?

A final degree or award transcript is an official university/institution document that shows all of the modules/subjects you have studied and the grades you have achieved for each one, as well as the award classification and the date it was awarded.

If you have not yet completed your degree, an interim transcript will show the grades of all your modules taken to date. If you are still undertaking your Bachelor’s degree studies, you should also provide a separate list of the modules that you are undertaking in your final year of study when you submit your application (if these are not listed on your degree transcripts). We must be in receipt of this document before a decision can be made on your application.

What is a secure electronic transcript?

An electronic transcript is an official university/institution document delivered to the nominated recipient’s email electronically over a secure network/portal. Such document is certified by a digital signature and contains special security characteristics.

The nominated recipient (e.g. Admissions Officer, employer, etc.) will receive instructions on how to authenticate the official electronic transcript, including necessary steps to acquire an access code to view and print the transcript.

Do I need to send translated copies of my documents?

Yes, if your documents are not in English, you need to provide original translated copies certified by your University or a legal authority, e.g. the British Council or a certified translator.

Owing to Covid-19, we are currently working remotely and do not require hard copies of these. Please do not post them to our office address.

What should I write in my personal statement when I apply?

Please illustrate in your personal statement why you are applying to your course of interest, and how your academic background and work experience, where applicable, would make you a strong candidate.

If you are applying to more than one course, please ensure you submit a personal statement for your first-choice course only. If you are then considered for your second choice, you will be contacted directly by your Admissions Officer to request a personal statement for this. Aim for your personal statement to be no longer than 500 – 600 words.

For detailed guidance on writing your personal statement, please see our Admissions Blog.

Who should my letters of recommendation (references) be from?

On your application form, you should supply the required details for two referees. We would prefer them to be one academic and one professional referee, or two academic referees. If you have graduated more than two years ago, we will be able to accept two professional referees. Applicants for part-time courses must submit the details of two professional referees.

Referees will be contacted directly by the Admissions team – this may not always happen immediately, as references are not mandatory documents for assessment at the initial stage of your application.

Please note that we do not accept references submitted by an applicant – they must come directly from the referee.

What documents do I need to upload in the 'Professional Qualifications' field?

You would need to upload evidence of any professional qualifications, examinations, exemptions, or passes you have achieved that is relevant to the course you are applying for. Professional qualifications are mostly 'Chartered' qualifications such as CFA, ACCA, CISI, ACII, ACMA, and Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

English Language

What are the English language requirements?

In order to meet the academic requirements for our MSc programme and participate fully in our collaborative learning process, applicants should have achieved the required scores in one of the approved English language tests.

Please note, the Admissions Panel are able to review applications before receiving proof of English language proficiency. If you were to receive an offer of study, this would always be conditional upon meeting our English language requirements.

Do you offer pre-sessional English courses?

We do not offer nor accept a pre-sessional English course as an alternative to the listed English tests. Any pre-sessional course should be viewed as an aid to living and studying in the UK, and not as a way of topping up an English test score.

Fees

Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee for any of our MSc courses at present.

Can I get any help with funding?

Please refer to the section entitled Funding your study. We have a number of ways we try to support our applicants with this.