How to apply for postgraduate study

Advice for prospective Hartpury University students

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We welcome postgraduate applications from well-qualified individuals who are as passionate about making a contribution to our industries as we are. Specific entry requirements are listed within each of our course pages.

A key thing to think about before you apply is whether you'll dedicate yourself to full-time study or part-time around existing commitments. Both options are available across our postgraduate courses.

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Master’s degree application

What should I include in my master's degree application?

You can apply directly to us using our online application. You'll need to include the following information:

  • Your qualifications achieved, including your degree or equivalent and any qualifications you are currently studying
  • Any work or industry experience
  • A personal statement stating why you want to study the qualification
  • Details of a referee that we can contact who can support your application to the programme
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PhD study application

We accept PhD students at three points during the year: 1st October, 1st January and 1st April. You should submit your application a minimum of three months before your targeted entry date.

We strongly encourage you to discuss your proposed programme of research with either an academic staff member or the relevant Research Centre Lead, prior to submitting an application. If you're unsure who to approach, you can explore our staff and their research interests on Hartpury’s PURE repository.

What should I include in my Research degree/PhD study application?

  • Completed application form including an outline of your proposed programme of study: title, research aims and objectives, brief rationale outlining why your project is required and a summary of the studies planned to complete your project. You should also identify any resource requirements which the project will require and identify the potential academic and/or industry impact of your project.
  • An example of critical writing: this could be a published paper you've been involved with, a previous piece of academic work or if returning to study, you may wish to write a short critical review of a topic related to your proposed programme of study.
  • Two referees to support your application. An ideal referee is someone who knows you and has a lot of real-life experience of you on an academic or professional front.
  • Proof of qualifications: copies of transcripts of your qualifications. You can submit qualifications later in the process if you're waiting for results.

We can support prospective students in the application process before submission. Contact us for more information.

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What happens after I apply?

Once we have received your completed applications and all supporting documents, you’ll receive one of the following decisions by email and invite you to an interview:

Conditional offer

You still need to submit outstanding documents. Your place is dependent on the achievement and/or evidence of certain qualifications.

Unconditional offer

You meet the entry criteria specified and have submitted all necessary documents. Your offer will stay in place until you confirm whether you'd like to accept or decline.


You've been invited to interview, after which we’ll make a decision.


You haven’t gained a place on the course. Where possible we will try to match you with an alternative course.

Further information

If you need any further support or information about applying to study at Hartpury University or have any concerns at any point, please contact our team. If it's important to you, it's important to us.

We aim to make the application process as simple as possible and we're here to support you every step of the way. Our admissions policy is also available to download.

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