FAQ 210
Can I defer my postgraduate application to a later year?

If we've offered you a study place and for unforeseen circumstances you can't attend at the start of your course, you may be able to defer your entry to the next admission point. Most postgraduate taught courses have one admission per year, at the start of the autumn semester in September/October.

For most courses, you can request a deferral through your original online application, by clicking on the 'Request Deferral' link in the 'Your Applications' section: sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/online. Your request will be forwarded to your course's academic selectors for a decision. A change of start date is at the discretion of the University. It isn't automatically given and you may be asked to make a new application.

If the academic selectors approve your request, we'll send you an amended offer letter with a deferred start date.

You should submit your deferral request by the deadline published on our key dates webpage: sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/deadlines. You can defer your application a maximum of two times. If want to defer for a third time, we'll ask you to re-apply.

You can't defer an application to a course that uses our staged admissions process: sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/staged