Gathered field application process

For some postgraduate courses, the University operates a staged admissions process known as a ‘gathered field’ approach, to make sure the admissions process is fair to applicants. ‘Gathered field’ means grouping applications together and is used when the candidate quality and the level of interest in the course exceeds the number of places available.

Applying process

Application deadlines are set, with a cap on the number of offers that can be made during each deadline period. Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application in the week following the deadline, in some instances, due to the competition for places and volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application over to the next deadline date. You will be informed if this is the case. Some applications may be put on hold until the final deadline.

Dates and deadlines for September 2023 entry

 Gathered field  Applications open  Application deadline  Application decision date
 Field 1  Monday 31 October  Monday 28 November  Monday 5 December
 Field 2  Monday 5 December  Monday 2 January  Friday 13 January
 Field 3  Monday 16 January  Monday 13 February  Monday 20 February
 Field 4  Monday 20 February  Monday 20 March  Monday 27 March
 Field 5  Monday 27 March  Monday 1 May  Friday 12 May

Please note: all places are subject to availability. If you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be reaching capacity or be closed to further applications. We therefore recommend that you apply early in the cycle to avoid disappointment.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Please ensure you submit all supporting documentation, such as personal statements, with your application before the application deadline to avoid a delay in processing your application. Applications will be rolled over to the next deadline in cases where documentation has not been received. Should documentation not be received after the subsequent deadline, the application will automatically be withdrawn.


In a 'gathered field' model deferral of an application or place is not possible. In other words, moving your application/offer to be considered for the next intake. This means that even if an applicant has received an offer but can no longer take up the place, a new application would need to be submitted for the next intake.

The University reserves the right to change entry criteria year to year, therefore if you are re-applying, it is important to be aware of any relevant changes.