MSc Admissions Blog

Advice and Information from the MSc Admissions team

June 17, 2014
by MSc Admissions Team

Upcoming Deadlines

As the start date of the course approaches, we have put some deadlines into place for international applicants and offer-holders requiring a Tier 4 visa, to ensure that they have sufficient time to prepare their documents and receive a visa to study at Cass Business School.

Prospective Applicants

Please note that the final date for receiving applications from overseas students requiring a Tier 4 visa will be Friday 18 July. This is to ensure you have enough time to apply for and receive your visa before the start of the course. After this date we recommend you contact the relevant Admissions Officer for further guidance.


Any overseas students requiring a Tier 4 visa who already hold a conditional offer should provide all their documentation to upgrade their offer by Friday 1 August at the latest. If you have any queries about what documentation you need to provide please contact your Admissions Officer. For advice on how to upgrade your offer, please see our previous post.

June 12, 2014
by MSc Admissions Team

International Team Online Information Sessions

The International Team at City University are hosting a series of pre-application online information sessions for prospective students over the coming months. The sessions will provide an overview of all six Schools that make up City University London, and will be followed by a Question and Answer session over instant chat. Some of the sessions will have a focus on a particular geographical region.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Friday 20th June 15:00 – 16:00pm – Middle East focus
  • Tuesday 24th June – 17:00 – 18:00pm – EU & USA focus
  • Wednesday 25th June – 17:00 – 18:00pm – Africa focus
  • Monday 7th July – 17:00 – 18:00pm – EU & USA focus
  • Tuesday 15th July – 11:00 – 12:00pm – Hong Kong

Please register your interest by signing up online.

June 9, 2014
by MSc Admissions Team

Tips on Applying for a Tier 4 Visa

With summer approaching, now is a good time to start thinking about visa applications. If you are an international student who requires a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, we strongly recommend that you read the City University guidance. Please note that only applicants whose offer is unconditional can apply for a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies), although it is never too early to start preparing for your visa application, especially if your offer is still conditional.

To find out if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please check here.

We have written a step-by-step guide to help you understand the process of requesting a CAS – we hope you find it useful.

The City University website also has a lot of information on how to apply for a visa. It is very important that you read the guidance carefully, particularly the section on what documents are needed and the funds you are required to show.

Finally, once you have received your CAS and have your documents and funds in place, please do not delay your visa application. For a rough estimate of how long it may take for a decision to be made on your visa application please visit the Home Office website. Please note that many visa application centres become very busy over the summer period.

Please feel free to contact our International Student Advice Team on if you have any questions or concerns about your particular situation.

If you follow our guidance carefully you should enjoy a smoother application experience. Good luck!

June 5, 2014
by MSc Admissions Team

How to Upgrade your Offer to Unconditional

As many of our offer-holders will shortly be finishing their undergraduate degree, this post is designed to remind you of how you can upgrade your conditional offer to unconditional. Once your offer is unconditional you will be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa (if applicable) and you will be one step closer to registering at Cass Business School and starting the exciting year ahead!

Any applicant who requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK should provide all requested documents and upgrade their offer by no later than 1 August 2014. It is therefore important that you send the necessary documents to us as soon as they become available. If you do not know when your final results will be out, it may be worth checking with your institution and informing your Admissions Officer if you think you may not be able to provide the documents by this date. It is also a good idea to start reading through our visa application guidance now, so that you can be prepared for the application process when your offer is upgraded to unconditional.

Degree Transcript/Certificate

If your offer is conditional upon you completing your current course of study, you will need to send us the hard copy of your final degree transcript by post, confirming the completion of your degree, your final grade and the date your degree was awarded. If all of these details are not confirmed on your transcript of marks then we will also require your degree certificate confirming the award of your degree. If you are unclear as to which document to provide, please contact your Admissions Officer. The transcript (and certificate, if applicable) should either be an original or certified version. A certified version must be stamped and certified as a true copy of the original document by either your university, a government official or a notary, and must display the original stamps and certifying signatures. These documents should be sent by post to your Admissions Officer at the address below (we cannot accept scanned copies):

Specialist Masters Admissions
Cass Business School
106 Bunhill Row

You may wish to ask your university to send the documents to us directly, as this might be faster than you receiving them and then forwarding them on to us. If you require a Tier 4 visa you should request a transcript to be sent directly to you as well, as you may need it for your visa application.

If you have completed a degree in the People’s Republic of China you must also provide your Chinese Higher Education Qualification Certificate (HEQC) from  confirming your degree award. We can accept these notifications in hard copy or sent as a PDF, but this must be received alongside a posted original or certified degree transcript and graduation certificate in order to formally verify any academic qualification.


You must also send us proof of meeting any other conditions of your offer (if you have not already done so); for example, meeting our English/GMAT requirements. We are able to verify the results of IELTS and GMAT exams directly with the test supplier so are happy to accept scanned copies of test certificates, as long as these include the Test Report Form code (TRF) for IELTS or your GMAT ID for a GMAT exam. In order to verify a GMAT result you must also arrange with GMAC to make your GMAT result accessible to Cass Business School (Institution Code 2C2-RO-84 – Masters in Science).


If we are still pending one or more references, you may wish to follow up the request with your referee(s). The referee can either send their reference to us directly by email from their academic/professional email account, or they can send it by post to the Admissions Officer at the address given above. Please note that references should be confidential and we therefore cannot accept scanned references sent by the applicant. Referees can either use our reference form or can write the reference in their own format on headed paper.


Some offers may include conditions not mentioned above – please check your offer letter and contact your Admissions Officer if you have any queries.

Please remember to include your name and student number with any documents you send us.

If you need your original documents back (with the exception of references, which cannot be returned) please let us know, and provide us with the address to which the documents need to be returned, plus your contact phone number. Alternatively you can pick them up from the Admissions Office during the second week of induction.

We can also accept documents in person at Cass Business School. Please arrange an appointment with your Admissions Officer if you wish to bring a document in.

If you are in any doubt as to which documents you need to provide in order to upgrade your offer, please contact your Admissions Officer.

Good luck with your final results, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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