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7 tips to help you submit a successful Master's application

Are you ready to submit your Master's application? Liz Holding, Senior Admissions Officer at Alliance MBS, gives her top tips on how to submit a successful application.

Applications generally open in mid-October. As our Master's courses are in high demand I would advise applying early. There’s no need to wait until your current course finishes, eligibility is assessed on your grades received so far and you would be required to send up to date transcripts with your application. We are operating a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. All places are subject to availability and if you apply in one of the later stages, some courses may already be closed.

We have one intake each year in September and each course runs for 12 months.

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StageApplication received byDecision by
1 15 January 2020 14 February 2020
2 31 March 2020 1 May 2020
3 1 May 2020 29 May 2020
4 30 June 2020 31 July 2020
5 21 August 2020 31 August 2020

As part of your online application form, you will need to submit a few supporting documents. These include your academic transcript, your statement of purpose, and your academic (or professional) reference.

How many references should I submit?

You should only submit one reference and you do not need to complete the referee report form. The form is a little confusing as the details of two referees must be entered on the online application form but at Alliance MBS we only require one. Therefore, you can either choose to enter the details of two different referees or repeat the same one twice.

If you do not have a reference letter to upload at the time of application, please pass our email address to your referee who can submit this to us confidentially,

If English isn’t your first language…

You will need to provide an English language test score at the time of application. If you submit your application without an English test result, we can assess your application but cannot make an offer until you provide your test result. If you don't have an English test score at the time of application, please let us know the pending date of the test by sending an email to

But I’ve studied in English?

Unless you have studied a minimum of 3 years in a majority English speaking country as defined by the UK Home Office, we will require you to submit an English Language test result.

View a list of majority English speaking countries >>

If you have studied 1-2 years in one of these countries, we still require an English test score.

We have many different Master's courses to choose from, and some, such as our finance courses, do require a specific background at Undergraduate level, and others are a conversion to their subject and accept students from any discipline. You should check the course webpage to see its specific entry requirements.

We require at least a UK 2:1 honours degree or the overseas equivalent.

We receive applications from all over the world but unfortunately, we can't list every country on our website. If your country is not listed and you would like to check your eligibility, please contact our enquiry team at

Read more about Masters entry requirements >>

Your Statement of Purpose explains your motivation for applying for the course, and it should be no longer than one side of A4. An interesting and well-written statement of purpose showing strong motivation for the course you have chosen can influence the final decision. This should be concise and concentrate on why you are interested in the subject you have applied for, how it will influence your career path and why you consider yourself to be a suitable applicant.

Try to make your statement of purpose interesting and reflect your personality, we have to read a lot of them!

Make sure your application is filled out to the best of your ability, and that you’ve attached the required documents.

I forgot to upload a document with my application, what should I do?

Firstly, don't worry! You can send any missing documents to Please make sure that you include your name, the course you have applied for and your student ID number or application number (which you should receive 2-3 days after you have applied online). We will need this to match your reference to your application.

It is wise to organise funding for your Master’s before you apply. There are a number of Master's funding options for our courses and these will vary depending on whether you’re a student from the UK, EU or an international student from outside the EU.

I’m a UK or EU student, what funding options are there for me?

If you are a prospective Master's student from the UK or EU, there are potential sources of funding available. The UK Government has confirmed that Postgraduate Loans will be offered to UK and EU students starting a Master's course in the 2020/21 academic year.

Read more about funding for UK and EU students >>

There are also a number of partial scholarships that are available across our Master’s courses that go towards the cost of your tuition. There is no application process for them, every applicant is automatically considered.

Read more about Alliance MBS Scholarships >>

Our Admissions Officers may need to email you if there are any documents missing from your application, and of course, they will email you to keep you informed about the status of your application!


Good luck with your application!