For Taught Postgraduate programmes: one reference; academic or professional.
Note: The application form will ask you to provide two referee contact details, however you only need to enter one. To proceed with the application process you will need to enter the same details for referee 1 and 2.
In some cases we may also ask for an academic writing sample of at least 3000 words and/or interview.
For Research Degrees: two references;
The type of reference required will depend on when an applicant last studied a degree programme:
-3 years or less: two academic references
-between 3 and 5 years: two academic references or if not available one academic and one professional reference
-more than 5 years prior: two academic references or if not available one academic and one professional or two professional reference.
We will not be contacting referees to request references, you must arrange for them to be submitted by the application deadline. Reference letters should be produced on headed paper, bear an original signature and must be written no earlier than six months prior to application. Referees must email their references to firstname.lastname@example.org from their institutional email accounts.
We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail).
Alternatively, if a company/institutional email address is not available, we can accept hard copies of references on a letter headed paper, signed and with contact details, to be mailed to the address of SAS Registry.
We can only accept confidential references. This means that your referee has written their letter objectively and that you have not read it. Therefore we cannot accept references that you email to us yourself.
References should normally be written in English. If a referee wishes to write in another language she or he should first contact the School's admissions department to be sure their language of choice is acceptable.