Our selected admissions process

Our admissions process enables us to select students based on academic merit and experience.

A staged admissions process is in place for some of the Business School’s full-time 12-month MSc programmes. This means that when you apply for one of our programmes below for September 2021 entry, your application will be considered with all others that have been submitted before that deadline. Therefore you might not hear from us with details of your offer until a few weeks after the deadline has been reached. This enables us to ensure that all applications are considered fairly and equally.

Each year we see a high volume of high quality applications and as places for these programmes are competitive, applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements and have studied at high ranking institutions will be given preference.

For September 2021 entry, the programmes which have a staged admissions process areas are as follows:


Submit your application via the ‘apply now’ button on the relevant coursefinder page. You will be required to pay a £50 non-refundable application fee at this stage.

Please ensure that you submit all of your supporting documents. If you do not supply all of the required documentation at the point of submitting your application this may result in your application being delayed or unsuccessful.

Further information about how to apply can be found on our 'How to apply' page.


Our programmes all have a number of application deadlines each year. We recommend that, as places are subject to availability, you apply early to avoid disappointment. We cannot guarantee that places will be available on your programme of choice throughout the year. In addition, applications received after 1 July 2021 will only be considered if applicants do not require a visa to study in the UK.

StageApplications received by:Decisions returned by:

1 (all programmes)

26 October 2020

14-18 December 2020

2a (group X programmes)

7 December 2020

1-5 February 2021

2b (group Y programmes)

21 December 2020

22-26 February 2021

3a (group X programmes)

1 March 2021

12-16 April 2021

3b (group Y programmes)

15 March 2021

26-30 April 2021

4 (all programmes)

1 July 2021*


*Please note programmes may close to applications at any point through the year. Applications received after 1 July 2021 will only be considered if applicants do not require a visa to study in the UK.

Group X: Accounting & Finance MSc, Economics MSc, Financial Economics MSc, Financial Management MSc, International Economics MSc, International Money & Banking MSc, Investments MSc, Money Banking & Finance MSc

Group Y: Human Resource Management MSc, Human Resource Management MSc with CIPD Pathway, International Business MSc (campus programme only), International Marketing MSc, Management MSc, Management: Operations Pathway MSc, Management: Organisational Leadership & Change Pathway MSc, Management: Strategy Pathway MSc, Marketing MSc

You will hear from us with a decision on your application by the dates in the table above. If you have not heard from our admissions team by this time please contact pgadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Applications to the MSc Investments, MSc HRM, MSc HRM (CIPD), MSc International Business, MSc Management (and associated pathways) programmes are closed to China-domiciled applicants. Applications to the MSc Marketing and MSc International Marketing programmes are closed to China-domiciled applicants and all other applicants who normally require a visa to study in the UK.


If you are offered a place, you must accept your offer and pay a deposit of £2,000 by the deadline stated in your offer.  Failure to do so may result in your offering being withdrawn.