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Graduate School

Accepting your Postgraduate offer at Durham University

Congratulations on receiving your postgraduate offer! Once you have received your offer, however, there are some important steps you need to take.

Regardless of whether you have received a conditional or unconditional offer, you must contact us as soon as possible to confirm whether or not you will be accepting your offer.

For most postgraduate programmes, there is normally no deadline for making a decision on whether or not to accept your offer. If the programme you have applied to does operate a deadline for acceptances, your Academic Department will advise you of this and you can also find this information on the relevant Academic Department's web page.

However, if you intend to accept your offer, it is advisable to do so as soon as you are able to, as this will then allow you to progress to the next stage in the admissions process.

If your offer is for a postgraduate taught programme, please email your response to

If your offer is for a postgraduate research programme, please email your response to

The appropriate email address will also be shown on your official offer letter.

In both cases, the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office will inform the relevant Academic Department of your response.

In all correspondence by email, please quote the student ID number on your offer letter (you’ll find this just below your address, it begins with "000") and your name in the subject line of your email, e.g. “000548572- Sam Blair”.

Further Information for Conditional Offer Holders

If you have received a conditional offer, you must also provide your Academic Department with evidence that you have met the conditions of your offer before being permitted to register at the University. You should let the relevant Academic Department know if you have achieved the conditions of your offer, as soon as possible.

The evidence that you are required to provide will be determined by the type of condition/s outlined in your formal offer letter, and may include:

A final transcript or degree certificate

English language evidence (if you are not a native English language speaker)

Academic references

Please also note that you will need to provide certified translations of any documents which are not in English.

Documents can be submitted via the summary page of your online application form or alternatively, can be sent by email direct to the relevant Academic Department. Contact details for each Academic Department can be found here. Contact details for specific programmes can also be found on the relevant course information web page.

Once you have provided evidence that the conditions of your offer have been met, your student record will be updated. If you are an overseas student who requires a Tier 4 Student Visa, you will then be provided with the information you require for your visa application.

If you have any other queries about your offer, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office.