Understanding your offer

When your offer is made, it is stated as either conditional or unconditional. There are certain requirements and processes for each offer and it is important to ensure you have followed the correct guidance for each.

If you are a Teacher Training or MA Social Work offer-holder, please refer to our UCAS offer guidance.

Types of offer

Conditional offer

 Your offer will be conditional if you still have examinations to take, we need verification of your qualifications or if you have to meet other non-academic entry requirements.


The offer letter will state the examinations you must pass and the results you must achieve, plus any non-academic requirements. All conditions must be met in full before you will be able to register for your programme.

Unconditional offer

 Your offer will be unconditional if you have already met all the academic and non-academic requirements for entry.

You will not be required to meet further conditions, however you will still need to accept your offer and follow our steps on what to do next, applying for accommodation and preparation for your studies.


Accepting your offer

In order to accept and secure your place, you must respond to your offer by the date stated in your offer letter. This deadline refers to your acceptance of the offer, not the fulfilment of conditions. To respond to the offer, click on the ‘Respond to Offer’ link within your applicant portal. If you think you will be unable to respond by this date, please contact us and we will be able to extend the time available. However, if you fail to respond by this deadline your offer may be declined on your behalf.

Accept your offer via the portal

Meeting the conditions of your offer

Academic condition

If your offer is conditional upon obtaining a degree, the offer letter will state the level required. When your degree results are known, please send a certified photocopy confirming this. If you have already obtained your degree we may also ask for a certified photocopy of a transcript or certificate as confirmation.

A photocopy without original certification stamps will not be acceptable. There are a small number of programmes that require you to submit original documents and your offer letter will state this.

English language condition

If your native language is not English, your offer will be conditional upon obtaining a recognised English language qualification at a specified level, as detailed in your offer letter.

If you wish to take one of our presessional English classes, on successful completion of the course you will have met the conditions of your offer. Information about our presessional and academic English courses for international students can be found on our website. 

Birmingham International Academy website

Deposit condition

Some of our programmes charge a deposit. Your offer letter will clearly state if you are required to pay a deposit. 

International students issued an offer to study a taught postgraduate programme are required to pay a non-refundable tuition fee deposit of £2,000 to secure their place. The deposit payment will be deducted from the tuition fee at registration. Find out more about the terms and conditions.

Pay your deposit

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Some programmes require a DBS check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks), and your offer letter will clearly state if this is a condition of your offer. 

Declaration of health

Some programmes require you to complete a health declaration. Your offer letter will clearly state if this is required and will provide additional information accordingly.

Fitness to practise

Some programmes require students to sign a code of conduct at the time of registration. Your offer letter will state if this is a requirement for your programme. 

Passport information

If you are an international student (non-European Economic Area) you are required to upload a copy of your passport personal details page on your applicant portal. This should be from the passport with which you will be applying for your visa and travelling to the UK.

ATAS certificate

You will need an ATAS certificate to do certain types of study and research in the UK. If you need an ATAS certificate, you will usually get a statement with your offer letter confirming that you need ATAS and telling you what to do next. Without this certificate, your visa application will be refused.  

To apply for ATAS you need a statement from the University confirming the subject of your research or study. This is usually sent with your offer letter. If you don't have this statement, but need an ATAS certificate, please contact the Admissions Office.

Once you have your statement you can make your ATAS certificate application online to the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO). This should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. 

Find out more about the ATAS certificate

Other conditions

You may be asked to fulfil other conditions and if you have any queries please get in touch with the Admissions contact named in your offer letter.

Applicants with Criminal Convictions

All applicants who accept an offer to study at the University of Birmingham are required to disclose to the University any relevant, unspent criminal conviction within 14 days of accepting their offer.  More information on what this means and how to disclose an unspent criminal conviction can be found on Admissions Office pages, below.

Information about criminal convictions

Documents explained

We've explained the different requirements of a conditional offer to help you to submit the correct documents. This includes explaining the terminology used in your offer, and will help you to ensure the documents you have submitted meet our requirements and avoid delays in processing your offer.

Documents explained

What happens next?

An unconditional acceptance letter is issued via your applicant portal once you have accepted a conditional offer and met the conditions, or when you have accepted an unconditional offer.

If you are an international applicant, you will be sent a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number and CAS statement no earlier than six months before the start of your programme.

If you are unable to attend the programme for the academic year specified in your offer letter, please inform the Admissions Office: contact details are stated in your offer letter. If you wish to defer for more than one year, you will need to submit a new application to reapply for admission.

Contact Admissions

If you have any questions, please use our FAQs page or email our postgraduate admissions team. In any communication, please quote your Applicant ID number.