Our staged 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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 will only be considered if applicants do not require a visa to study in the UK.

StageApplications received by:Decisions returned by:Deposit deadline:


24 October 2022

12-16 December 2022

13 January 2023


19 December 2022

20-24 February 2023

24 March 2023


13 March 2023

24-28 April 2023

26 May 2023


1 July / 31 August 2023*

As soon as possible

Will depend on when offer is made

*Stage 4 is an open stage. This means that if programmes are still open applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. Please note programmes may close to applications at any point through the year. Applications received after 1 July 2023 will only be considered if applicants do not require a visa to study in the UK. 31 August 2023 is the deadline for applicants who do not require a visa.

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


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 Failure to do so may result in your offering being withdrawn.