How to apply

We recommend that you take a look at our entry requirements and country pages before making an application. Once you have the information you need, to make a direct application to the University, please use our online portal.

Alternatively, you can find out more about applying via an agent

You can make an application to the University by using our online portal. To do this, please find the course you are interested in, go through the course options (where you are applying from, when you want to start etc.) and then click on the 'Apply now' button.

Find a course and apply

The application process...

Our dedicated admissions teams work to ensure your application process is as smooth as possible. The following steps outline the steps you will go through once you have chosen your course and are ready to make an application.

  1. Make your application
  2. Wait for your application to be processed
  3. Receive a decision
  4. Fulfil your offer letter conditions
  5. Wait for us to complete financial checks
  6. Receive your CAS letter
  7. Submit your visa application
  8. Book your flights and accommodation
  9. Arrive in the UK

Application deadlines

We look forward to receiving your application. To give you an idea of when best to submit your application, we have listed our upcoming intakes and application deadlines.

May 2024 Closed
July 2024 26 April 2024 (PG block only)
September 2024 7 June 2024 (Foundation and Nursing only)
14 June (PG block only)
28 June (UG and PG non-block only)
November 2024 2 August 2024 (PG block only)
January 2025 27 September 2024
4 October 2024 (PG block only)
March 2025 29 November 2024 (PG block only)
May 2025 14 February 2025 (PG block only)
July 2025 4 April 2025 (PG block only)

How to apply

Please read this section carefully before submitting an application

The list below constitutes the ‘essential elements’ of an application and the minimum requirements for the ֱ to consider and process applications. Any application which doesn’t contain documents 1 - 4 will be automatically rejected and applicants will be required to start the process again.

  1. A fully completed application form
  2. Personal statement outlining the chosen course of study and the ֱ (for direct applications)
  3. One letter of reference or name and contact details of at least one referee
  4. Copy of current passport

Supporting or additional requirements which the ֱ will require at a later stage of the application process.

  1. Copies of English Language examination results (if NOT available at the point of initial application being submitted)
  2. Copies of academic certificates/transcripts or information relating to a current course of study or qualification being used to apply (if NOT available at the point of initial application being submitted)
  3. Copy of previous UK visas and any visa refusal documentation from any country
  4. Any other requirements of your chosen course e.g. portfolio, work experience or ATAS information

A fully completed application should consist of the following:

  • Full submission of application via our online portal. To do this, find the course you are interested in, go through the course options and then click 'Apply now'.
  • A reference or contact details of your referee
  • A personal statement which is course and University specific
  • English Language qualifications if available at point of application
  • Transcript/certificate or student record if available at point of application.
  • A portfolio or specific supporting evidence if requested
  • Copy of passport

Applications should be made as per requirements listed on including contact information, academic history, qualifications taken or currently being studied, a personal statement and usually an academic reference from a school or college teacher. Our UCAS institution code is B22 and the institution name is BED.

Students who apply via school counsellor departments and/or educational agents-representatives should ensure their third party details are provided in the 'Correspondence address' section of the UCAS form.

The applicant name should be in the first line of the address, and the agency's name (and office if they have more than one office) in the second line.

If your third party has their own UCAS 'buzzword' we would highly recommend that you submit applications using this buzzword. We also recommend that the third party(s) are included as the 'Nominated contact' on the UCAS form. Please use the agency name rather than the name of the individual counsellor.


A fully completed application should consist of the following:

  • Full submission of application via our online portal. To do this, find the course you are interested in, go through the course options and then click 'Apply now'.
  • An academic reference or contact details of your referee
  • A personal statement which is course and University specific
  • English Language qualifications if available at point of application
  • An electronic copy of your educational transcript/certificate or student record if available at point of application.
  • A portfolio or specific supporting evidence if requested.
  • Copy of passport

A fully completed application should consist of the following:

  • Full submission of application via our online portal. To do this, find the course you are interested in, go through the course options and then click 'Apply now'.
  • An academic reference or contact details of your referee
  • A personal statement which is course and University specific
  • English Language qualifications if available at point of application
  • An electronic copy of your educational transcript/certificate or student record if available at point of application.
  • A portfolio or specific supporting evidence if requested.
  • Copy of passport

Some programmes have particular application procedures, so always check the relevant programme page first. Course details can be found on our course pages


Research degree applications are managed by our Research Graduate School and have their own application process. Please see our Research pages for full details.

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