How to apply – International students

Undergraduate courses for International students
Postgraduate courses for International students

Undergraduate courses

If you are interested in studying an undergraduate degree or an undergraduate top up course with us, you need to complete an international application form.

Please complete the form and return it to the address on the form, or to with copies of all educational documents, a copy of your passport and evidence of English language competence. If applying electronically, please include these documents as attachments.

You can also apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). Find further information about studying in the UK on the British Council study in the UK website.

Take a look at the undergraduate courses open to international students.

Postgraduate courses

To apply for a postgraduate course, please complete either the online application form or the paper based International application form. Return the completed form to the or to the postal address stated on the form, with copies of all educational documents, a copy of your passport and evidence of English language competence.

Have a look at the postgraduate courses open to international students.

If you are interested in applying for a research degree you should complete your application through our Self-service Application portal and search for the relevant programme (please use the keywords ‘research’ or ‘doctor’) and submit all requested documents with a research proposal. Please see the download for guidance on completing a research proposal.

When your application has been received and checked, it will be passed over to the appropriate Faculty for consideration. If the Faculty has the capacity and expertise to support your proposal you will be invited to an interview. (Please note that the application process from start to finish can take up to 7 weeks).

Our next research degree induction takes place in October 2017 and we would recommend to make your application by August 2017. Alternatively, if you are looking to join our March 2018 research degree induction we would recommend to submit your application to the University by the end of January 2018.

Distance learning courses

You can apply direct to the University of Northampton or by using our international application form for all distance learning or online courses. If you are applying for a specific pathway or a Joint Honours programme, please make a note of your pathway or subjects in your personal statement.

Art and design courses

Students applying for some Art and Design courses at the University of Northampton also need to submit a portfolio of work. Applicants should submit 12 to 15 examples of their own work. These can be submitted as photographs, slides, colour photocopies or on a CD.

For more information on what you need in your portfolio, or information on interviews, please see our Applicant Interviews page.

Supporting documents for undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Please include the following documents with your completed application form:

  • Personal Statement
  • Copy of your passport
  • details of your English Language competence, for example, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests or equivalent
  • certified copies of your school certificates and any other relevant qualifications. A certified copy is a photocopy that has an original official stamp of your school, college or university on it. The stamp should not be a photocopy
  • at least one reference

If you have any questions about applying to study with us, please email


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