Supporting documents for masters applications
As part of your application you need to submit some additional information.
Before you apply, check the list below and include the necessary supporting documents when you submit your application. If you don’t submit all of the required documents it can delay the processing of your application.
Statement of purpose
Tell us why you are interested in the course you are applying for and how it will impact on your future. Tell us what makes you stand out as an exceptional candidate for the course
Your statement should be no more than one page. It helps us to assess how well you are able to articulate your goals, motivations and values, and your writing and reasoning abilities.
Try to make it interesting and reflect your personality - we have to read a lot of them!
Academic Transcript and Degree Certificate
You will need to submit a copy of your official transcript and it must include the modules and grades that you have obtained to date.
If you have already graduated, you need to supply a copy of your degree certificate along with your final degree transcript confirming the title of your award, your final grade and date of completion. If your degree certificate and transcript are not in English, you will need to attach an official certified translation.
You do not need to send original copies of your degree certificate and transcripts during the application process. If your application is successful, you will need to bring the original documents with you when you register on the course in September.
We require one academic reference letter which should be from someone who has taught you during your undergraduate studies.
If you graduated more than two years ago you may submit a professional reference letter.
The Admissions Team reserves the right to request further references if necessary.
References must be signed by your referee and be on letter headed paper from the institution you are studying/studied at. The letter needs to include your referee's contact details, including a professional email address, as the Admissions Team may contact your referee for verification.
The reference should include the following information:
- Length of time the referee has known you and in what capacity
- Your referee's assessment of your level of performance and your results or expected results
- Your potential to succeed on the Masters course that you have applied to and your motivation and intellectual capacity
- Strengths and weaknesses
- English language ability where English is not your first language
- Any other relevant information in support of the application
If you have not already uploaded the reference with your other application documents, please email
them, along with your student ID number, directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You do not need to submit the Referee Report Forms (which are attached to the online application).
Please note: Due to the volume of applications received, the admissions team do not contact referees directly. Please give the email address above to your referee if they wish to submit their reference letter in confidence to our team directly.
In order to submit your application, we need you to enter the details of two referees (you may enter the same referee details twice). For MSc applications at Alliance Manchester Business School we only require a reference letter from one of your referees.
If you have more than two years' postgraduate work experience you need to submit your CV.
Final Year Modules (only applicants for Finance related programmes)
If you are still studying and want to apply for one of our finance-related courses, you need to provide details of the modules you are studying in your final year.
This is in addition to a copy of your official academic transcript including the modules and grades that you have obtained to date.
University Grading Scale
If you are studying outside the UK, you need to provide the grading scale from the university where you are studying.
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (only for MSc Organisational Psychology applicants)
To be admitted on to the MSc Organisational Psychology course, your first degree must be recognised as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You will need to provide evidence that you have GBC, or are eligible for GBC, with your application.
If you are not eligible for GBC, you may want to consider our MSc Business Psychology.
Proof of English language ability
If English is not your first language, you need to take an English test to prove your level of ability. We will not make a decision on your application until you submit evidence of your English language ability.
Find out more about language requirements >>
Copy of passport
If you are an international student who needs a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to submit a copy of your passport with your application.