Weekly University Update

Time:2020-08-19 18:15:11


This week's updates from universities, everything important to international students and course applicants.

Course Start Updates

University of Glasgow

Some of the courses will be available remotely for the September start, except the following: 

MPhil Textile Conservation

MLitt Technical Art History, Making & Meaning

BMus Music

MSc Real Estate

MSc City Planning and Real Estate

Some courses offer the option of January 2020 start while some other courses have deferred the start to November 2020. Details can be found on the university website.

Courses with January start option: 

MEd Adult Education, Community Development and Youth Work

MSc Aerospace Engineering

MSc Aerospace Engineering and Management

MSc Applied Linguistics

MSc Asset Pricing and Investment

MSc Biomedical Engineering

MSc Statistics

MTh Church History and Theology

MSc Civil Engineering

MSc Civil Engineering and Management

MSc Computer Systems Engineering

MSc Computing Science

MSc Corporate Governance and Accountability

MSc Creative Industries and Cultural Policy

MSc Data Analytics

MSc Data Analytics for Economics and Finance

MSc Data Science

MSc Development Studies

MSc Economic Development

MSc Economics, Banking and Finance

MSc Educational Studies

MEd Educational Studies

MSc Electronics and Electrical Engineering

MSc Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Management

MSc Electronics and Photonics Manufacturing

MSc Environment and Sustainable Development

MSc Finance and Economic Development

MSc Finance and Management

MSc Financial Economics

MSc Financial Forecasting and Investment

MSc Financial Risk Management

MSc Geoinformation Technology and Cartography

MSc Geomatics and Management

MSc Geospatial and Mapping Sciences

MRes Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis

MSc Information Security

MSc Information Technology

MAcc International Accounting and Financial Management

MSc International Banking and Finance

MSc International Business

LLM International Commercial Law

MSc International Corporate Finance and Banking

MFin International Finance

MSc International Financial Analysis

MSc International Human Resource Management and Development

MSc International Strategic Marketing

MSc Investment Banking and Finance

MSc Investment Fund Management

MSc IT Cyber Security

MSc Land and Hydrographic Surveying

MSc Land and Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement

MSc Management

MSc Management and Sustainable Tourism

MSc Management with Enterprise and Business Growth

MSc Management with Human Resources

MSc Management with International Finance

MGB Master of Global Business

MSc Mechanical Engineering

MSc Mechanical Engineering and Management

MSc Mechatronics

MSc Media Management

MSc Medical Devices Engineering

MSc Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

MSc Public Policy and Management

MSc Quantitative Finance

MSc Robotics and AI

MSc Software Development

MSc Sustainable Energy

MSc Sustainable Water Environments

MEd TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

MSc TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

The University of Leeds

The Standard Course Start

UG: 28 September 2020

PG Taught: 28 September 2020 or 11 January 2021

Research courses: Usually the 1st of the month, subject to the agreement between the student and the mentor

University of Birmingham

The university has released details about the course start 2020 for offer holders.

For the first term, students are given the option to attend the course as normal, arriving during the first term (remotely+on-campus), or attending the class remotely throughout the first term. Note that the previous announcement of arriving on campus before 30 October is no longer valid, whichever way the students chooses to attend the first term requires only online registration and no further action. 

The following PG courses will start on 22 January: 


MSc International Business

MSc Human Resource Management

MSc Human Resource Management - CIPD

MSc Money Banking and Finance

MSc International Money and Banking

MSc Advanced Computer Science

MSc Computer Science

MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Masters in Public Administration

Masters in Public Administration - Finance

Masters in Public Administration - Human Resources

MSc Financial Engineering

Heriot-Watt University

Courses start on 14 September, and the induction week starts from 7 September. If it’s not possible to arrive before 5 September, students may attend their course remotely and arrive on campus at a feasible time. 

The advisable arrival dates are 5 September, 17 October, 21 November, and 9 January 2021. 

Important dates throughout the term can be found on the university website.

Scholarship Opportunities

Heriot-Watt University

The university will offer a £1,000 scholarship to students who arrive on campus in Scotland before the end of October for their courses starting in September. The scholarship will be deducted from their tuition fee and is only applicable for courses of the 2020/21 academic year and students arriving on the Scotland campus before the end of October.

The University of Sydney

With a view to attracting more outstanding students from around the world, the university is offering Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarship (VCIS), which mounts up to AUD 40,000. 

4 levels of the scholarship: 

AUD 40,000: offered in two equal allotments in each term

AUD 20,000: offered in each term

AUD 10,000: offered in each term

AUD 5,000: offered in each term


  • International students who have submitted applications but have yet started CRICOS registration for the UG or PG courses.
  • Students must attend the course on campus
  • Students have received an unconditional offer before the deadlines below

No application required; to qualify, students must have received an unconditional offer before the following deadlines: 

For the 2021 first term: 

15 October 2020

30 November 2020

15 January 2021

For the 2021 term 2

28 February 2021

26 April 2021

30 June 2021

Pre-sessional Language Programme

University of Nottingham

Autumn 2020 pre-sessional courses are now open for applications. Details of the 6-week and 10-week courses can be found on the university website.

Loughborough University

The university is introducing a 6-week PSE for students due to start their PG courses in January 2021. The deadline for application is 21 September 2020. 


IELTS overall 6.0, with 5.5 in each element

TOEFL overall 81 and above, with 21 in Speaking, 20 in Writing, 20 in Reading, and 20 in Listening

PTE overall 55, with 52 in each element

Language cert - Writing and Speaking overall B2 Communicator Higher Pass, with 33 in each element 

Dualingo 100

The programme will start on 12 October 2020 and ends on 27 November 2020.

Admissions and Course Entry

University of Nottingham

Key deadline dates for 2020 entry and application process deadlines:

Standard Start: 21 September 2020

Study Level

Application deadline

Deadline for processing offers/students meeting conditions/going UF

Deadline for payment of the deposit

Deadline for issuing CAS*

(students must respond to their CAS checking document via MyNottingham by 12noon (UK time) on the relevant date listed below)

Deferral Deadline**


September start

7 August 2020

4 September 2020

13 September 2020

16 September 2020

One month after the official start date


October start

20 August 2020

10 September 2020


28 September 2020

One month after the official start date


non-standard start

6 weeks before the start date

Eight working days before the start date


Three working days before the start date

One month after the official start date

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30 June 2020
(clearing deadline 17 August 2020)

31 August 2020


16 September 2020

21 October 2020

The University of Leeds

The university is in the process of issuing CAS for students starting in September/ October; CAS for those due to start in January will be issued in September. To receive a CAS, students are required to accept the unconditional offer and provide important information, including details of the passport, and pay the £1,500 deposit. 

The university advises that, if required, students should submit all supporting documents as soon as they can to complete their application. 

Deadline for supporting document submission for the School of Business PG taught programmes: 

For courses with September start: 31 August 2020

For courses with January start: 11 December 2020

Loughborough University

The application deadline for courses starting in January 2021 is 23 November 2020.

University of Northumbria

Key features of the second PG programme application at the London campus: 

IELTS is not required given the applicant has successfully completed the first PG degree. 

An award letter for the first degree is sufficient to receive CAS, no need to wait for the degree certificate. 

A Postgraduate Diploma is also accepted. 

T2 or T5 VISA holders may apply

For September start, students can choose to attend the course on campus or remotely. 

A scholarship of £1,000 - £3,000 is available. 

Students can choose a 1-year or 2-year PG programme with an internship. 

4-year arrangement: 1 year learning + 6 months internship + 6 months dissertation + 2 years PSW

3 starts in a year: September, January, May

Details can be found on the university website.

The personal statement should include: 

Why you wish to study in the UK, what’s the advantage of studying in the UK

Why you choose to study at University of Northumbria, London campus

Why you choose this programme

Your plan for future careers and how the programme will help with your career development

How does your previous study relate to the programme you are applying for 

Explaining any gap between your studies (ex. internship or work)

Life on Campus and Logistics

University of Glasgow

The university will keep the accommodation allocated to students and start charging upon the student’s arrival on campus, given that the students confirm their date of arrival with the accommodation office at the university.