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How to submit a successful Masters application

Are you ready to write your application?  Liz Hardy, Senior Admissions Officer at Alliance MBS, gives her tips on how to submit a successful application.

When is the best time to apply?

Applications generally open in mid-October. As our programmes 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.

StageApplication received byDecision by
1 15 January 2019 15 February 2019
2 31 March 2019 3 May 2019
3 1 May 2019 1 June 2019
4 30 June 2019 2 August 2019
5 21 August 2019 31 August 2019

Is there an application fee?

That depends on which course you are applying for. Only the courses listed below require a £60 application fee:

  • MSc Accounting
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc International Business and Management (Management)
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Management

You will not be prompted within the online application form to pay the application fee, so please ensure you pay this as soon as possible once you have submitted your application, otherwise this will cause a delay. Your application will be considered in the selection stage in which you pay the fee.

You will need to pay your application fee online here >>

If you’re applying for more than one course at Alliance MBS, you only need to pay the fee once.

When you have paid the fee, your ‘to-do list’ item within the self-service system may still show as outstanding. Don't worry, these checklists are updated manually by the team and will be updated within a short time period. Please do not contact us to chase this up as it may cause further delay to the processing of your application.

My country isn’t on the website, does that mean I can’t apply?

We receive applications from all over the world but unfortunately we can't list every country on our website. To check your eligibility please contact our enquiry team at

Can I apply for more than one course?     

You can apply for as many courses as you like! To apply for more than one course, you will need to create an online application account and fill out a new online application for each course. You only need to send a new statement of purpose for each application as this relates to your motivation to the particular course you are applying to. We will be able to access the other supporting documents that you have already submitted.

What should I write in my statement of purpose?

Your Statement of Purpose explains your motivation for applying for the course. 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 (no more than one page) 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!

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,

We do not contact referees due to the volume of applications that we receive.

Do I need to submit a research proposal?

No, this is not required for our taught Masters courses.

English isn’t my first language; do I have to take a test before I apply?

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

I have studied my degree in English; do I still need to submit an English test?

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.

Here is 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.

Is work experience required for entry to our taught Masters courses?

Work experience is not a requirement, but you are welcome to mention any work experience that you feel will support your application in the statement of purpose.

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 (which you should receive 2-3 days after you have applied online) or application number. We will need this to match your reference to your application.


Good luck!


Find out more about Masters entry requirements >>

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