Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you to the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a huge impact on educational systems globally and we understand you may be concerned about how your application and enrolment could be affected by this.

To keep you informed, we have listed the most frequently asked questions for prospective applicants, current applicants and offer holders:


I am prospective applicant. Are you currently accepting applications?

Yes. The School is currently accepting applications for 2021 (opening dates will vary depending on your course and start date). Please refer to our admission policy for further guidance on how to make an application.

I have questions about the application documents, but I have not yet applied. Who can I contact and where?

Please email for any application or course related enquiries.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

All of our admissions staff are working remotely and have access to all our systems to process your application. If you have not yet received an email, confirming your application has been sent to the Institute, please contact so we can advise you on what is outstanding from your application.

My application has been sent to the Institute but I haven’t yet gotten a final decision?  

While we aim to maintain our 28 day turnaround time for decision, due to the current unprecedented circumstances there may be some delays and we may not always be able to return a decision within this timeline.

I need to provide my final transcript but my university is closed and I don’t know when I will have my results.  

If you are unable to provide transcript or references for your application, please contact the admission team on to discuss.

I have an offer. What is the deadline to accept or reject it?

Offer acceptances secure your place on the course and help us plan for the upcoming intake. Warburg applicants who have been made an offer for the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture should note that places are limited to 14 per academic year and thus for this programme is it very important to accept or reject offers.

Offer holders should note that there isn’t a formal deadline to accept your offer. Accepting the offer is also not a legally binding agreement to join the course.

I want to pay tuition fees, but I can’t find where this can be done?

Tuition fees are not due until registration. There are two part to registration:

  • Online Registration
  • In-person registration

During the online registration period you will be able to make a payment towards your tuition fees or provide us evidence of sponsorship or loan confirmation.

We will email you once online registration has opened. The online registration will remain open up until two weeks before the course start date.

I am an international student and need to apply for a Students Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa)? Do I need to pay a deposit? 

No. The School of Advanced Study, does not request deposits before issuing a letter of sponsorship to students. CAS (confirmation for acceptance of studies) letters can be requested at a TBC date. We will contact everyone who requires a visa before this date with further information on the process.

I have submitted the FAFSA for a financial aid package. When will I know what offers I have received?

With regards to FAFSA applications, we aren't able to make any assessment of Loans until a decision is made on how teaching will be delivered at the start of your course, as US loans are not available for distance-learning and may therefore be impacted by mitigation plans should the School of Advanced Study opt to deliver teaching online in September. Please check this page and the website regularly regarding Autumn 2020 teaching delivery, and once a decision has been announced we will be able to make further announcements regarding loans.

If my course is being taught online or I have the option to do so, what fees will I pay?

Our distance learning programme fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Therefore, if your course is being taught online or you have the option to do so in Autumn 2020, you will pay the same fees. We will deliver the same standard of teaching and course delivery, as well as student support, regardless of your mode of study.

Fees are quoted per annum, therefore you will need to pay at least the fee quoted for each year of your studies, based on your status (Home/EU or Overseas). Please note that tuition fees are subject to annual uplift. You can find out more about the tuition fees and our tuition fee policy on our Tuition Fees page.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes. You can defer your offer if you need to, to the next available academic year. Deferrals past 2021/22 will not be possible and a new application will have to be submitted for a new offer.

To defer your offer, please contact the admissions officer by emailing