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How to apply via our Applicant Portal

Applications are now open for January 2021

Our application deadline for online short courses starting in September 2020 has passed. But you can apply now for short courses starting in January 2021.

What is the Applicant Portal?

If your course has formal entry requirements, you’ll apply through our Applicant Portal. It’s an online system that allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents for our admissions team to review.

Applications are always free.

How to get started

Applications are completed online. Just click the apply button at the bottom of this page.

This will take you to the Applicant Portal login page.

  • Register for an account. The first time you use the portal, you’ll need to register for an account, even if you already have an On-demand Learning account.
  • Log in to apply.
  • Enter the name of the course you want to apply for.

The menu bar on left of the page shows each stage of the application form, beginning with Programme Details. Save and continue as you work your way through, entering your:

  • personal details
  • educational qualifications
  • English language skills
  • employment history – you can upload a CV.

Documents you’ll need

To submit the completed application, you’ll need to upload a copy of:

  • your final, official academic transcript(s).

If you have not completed your studies yet, please upload a copy of your transcript of studies to date. If the original language is not English, please include an official English translation.

You can also choose to upload:

  • a personal statement.

If you lack the formal entry qualifications for a course, your personal statement is where you can let us know about relevant experience you have that supports your application.

You may find it easier to prepare your personal statement before you start the online application. Your personal statement only needs to be between 250 and 500 words. It should answer the following three questions:

  • Why have you chosen to apply to the University of Aberdeen to study this subject?
  • Which personal qualities do you possess that will help you complete your studies successfully?
  • How will completing this course help you in your future studies and career?

Other documents that may be required, but which can be uploaded later include:

  • degree certificate
  • for international applicants, document(s) to demonstrate your proficiency in English
  • academic references – some of our courses require one or more references. If this is the case, we’ll be in touch to let you know.

When to apply

You should apply at least a week before your course’s start date, so that you don’t miss out on any teaching time. But we can accept applications right up to the start of term.

How your application is processed

When we receive your application, you’ll receive an acknowledgement email. An academic selector from our admissions team will then review your application.

If you’re successful, you’ll receive either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission via email.

Unconditional offer

Means your qualifications and/or experience fully satisfy our requirements and you’re welcome to study with us on the course.

Conditional offer

Means you may need to provide evidence of further or pending qualifications, or other documents, that will allow you to fully satisfy the entry criteria. For example, you might be awaiting final undergraduate degree results, or proof of your English language competency.

Accepting an offer

Your offer of admissions will be sent by email with an Acceptance/Decline Form and a Financial Guarantee Form. Simply complete these forms and email them back to us.

Are you being sponsored?

If your employer or another sponsor will be paying your fees, please obtain a letter on headed paper confirming their commitment to pay your tuition fees. Email a copy of this letter to us along with your Financial Guarantee Form.

Do you have a scholarship?

If you have been awarded a scholarship or any other funding, please email a copy of the award letter along with your Financial Guarantee Form. If you have applied for sponsorship but haven’t heard the outcome yet, please email the sponsorship award letter to Postgraduate Admissions as soon as you receive it.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process, we’re here to help.

Email onlineadmissions@abdn.ac.uk