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Starting your application

If you are applying to university for the first time, it is likely that you will start your application on the UCAS website. UCAS is an online service which can help you to apply for university places and keep track of the offers you receive.

Students from outside the EU can also apply through UCAS for an undergraduate degree course. The only exception is if you are applying through an agent, in which case you should contact them directly and they will advise you on the application process specific to them. Students from outside the EU who are applying for a part-time or postgraduate course will not be able to apply through UCAS - further information about direct applications can be found below.

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Undergraduate vs postgraduate - which do I choose?


Undergraduate study covers most of the higher-education courses available after you have completed A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) at school or college. Most undergraduates study a three-year bachelor's degree and the majority of Solent's courses fall into this category.


Postgraduate courses covers higher-level study, including master's degrees, doctorates (PhDs) and postgraduate diplomas. These typically require you to have completed an undergraduate degree, often with 2:2 honours or higher, before you can study them.

Undergraduate and HND courses

All students applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate courses must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). Initial application guidance and course information can be found on the UCAS website.

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Postgraduate courses

Applications for a postgraduate course can be made any time before the start of the course. Unlike undergraduate applicants, postgraduate students make their application directly to the University. Visit the course pages to apply online. Alternatively, download the paper application form below.

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Postgraduate application form

Postgraduate research (PhD)


The cost of going to university can be a big worry, but there's plenty of financial support on offer to ensure that financial circumstances do not stop you from gaining a higher education.

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Advice for international students

We welcome students from all over the world into our student community. This page will tell you about the English language requirements and academic entry criteria for courses here at Solent.

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Your UCAS points

How many UCAS points you have will determine which courses you are able to study. More UCAS points means more choices. You can use our tariff chart to find out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth, or contact the admissions team to find out how to get the most out of the points you have available.

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