CoronavirusEnquirers, applicants, offer holders & agents

The information below is intended to answer questions related to study plans for 2020. We understand that many of our applicants, offer holders and agents are dealing with challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are undertaking a lot of work to try and ensure we manage the impact this may have on students who will be joining us this autumn for 2020 entry.

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Due to the changing nature of the situation, we're regularly updating this page with more information as it becomes available.

Strathclyde Student Pledge

The entire Strathclyde community is fully committed to ensuring and delivering to you the highest quality learning and student experience and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you on campus in the near future.

Read our Strathclyde Student Pledge.

Application timeline & attendance

Are you still accepting applications for Autumn 2020?

If you are interested in studying with us in 2020 we would still encourage you to apply. Our Admissions team is fully operational and working to process all applications we receive. 

Will the new academic year still start in September 2020?

We understand you will have concerns around how your studies will go ahead in light on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff is at the forefront of any decisions we make. We will be contacting offer holders individually over the coming weeks to confirm details of arrangements for your specific course.

Rest assured we will create and maintain the highest quality learning and teaching experience, keeping your best interests at the heart of our decision making.

How will social distancing be managed on campus? How will my classes be taught?

The University is actively planning to support all of our students and the detail of how we will deliver learning, teaching and assessment in 2020/21, safely and in line with the four phases of the Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making.

We wish to create an environment in which you are able to enjoy access to the campus, safely and which best supports the learning and wider student experience of all in our community.

Our staff are currently working on plans to support the delivery of your degree programme in the coming semester and beyond. This will be through a blend of campus-based activities, where it is safe to do so, supported by our online environment and services.

Further details on modes of delivery will be confirmed over the coming weeks by your department.  

Do you anticipate any travel restrictions for students due to come to study in the UK in September? Will this affect my ability to begin my course is 2020/21?

We are closely following the UK government’s advice with regards to any quarantine requirements for inbound travellers to the UK in order to understand any impact it may have upon our new and returning students by September 2020. We're working hard to make sure that any appropriate arrangements will be in place to support our students.

Will you refund my deposit if I decide not to accept my place due to issues relating to COVID-19?

If you are unable to keep your place with us due to factors caused by COVID-19 your deposit will be fully refundable.

Can I defer my place?

We're continuing to assess new applications and are preparing to welcome our new students in September 2020. If you think you can no longer commence your studies in 2020, please search for your course and visit the ‘contact us’ tab to discuss your options with the department admissions team.

Will I be able to meet the academic conditions of my offer if I’m unable to secure my final transcript/certificate on time?

Because of the ongoing situation, the University may be able to apply some flexibility to either the timeline and/or the evidence you are required to submit in order to meet the academic conditions of your offer.

If you have concerns, please search for the course you have applied for and click ‘contact us’. The department or faculty team will advise.

If travel restrictions prevent me from entering the UK in Semester 1, will I be able to postpone my exchange to S2?

Yes – this can be organised in consultation with your home University and the Exchange Team at Strathclyde.

Please visit international exchange and follow the contact us tab to discuss with the team.

Can I still attend University events?

Our attendance at recruitment events will be in a virtual format. If you have registered to attend a recruitment event, please check with the event organiser for details of how this event will be delivered online.

All university events will now be delivered virtually.  You will be notified of relevant events by email or please follow our social media channels or visit:


A condition of my offer is to attend the STEM Summer School. Is it still taking place?

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Will I be able to move into University accommodation for the start of the academic year?

At this time, we have not changed any deadlines regarding accommodation. Please keep checking back for updates as the situation progresses. For any accommodation enquiries please visit our accommodation section.

Will you refund my accommodation deposit if I cannot accept my place due to reasons relating to COVID - 19?

If you are unable to keep your place with us due to factors caused by COVID-19 your accommodation deposit will be fully refundable.


When will I receive my CAS?

We have begun issuing CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) for students joining us in the autumn. Please bear with us while we process these as it may take a little longer at this time.

If you have not received it by the end of July please contact


Will I still be able to get my ATAS certificate?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had stopped processing ATAS applications but have confirmed that they have started again from 1 June 2020.  We suggest that you prepare everything you will need to apply for your ATAS so you can submit your application as soon as the scheme has re-opened.

Please note: This is only for applicants coming to the UK, either needing it to submit with a Tier 4 visa application or for those with another immigration status that will need it to commence study in the UK.

Please contact the Departmental/Faculty Admissions contact for your programme for advice and guidance. 

English language testing

My local English language test centre is closed due to COVID-19, can I apply to study at the University without my English language test results?

We're aware that English language exams have been suspended in some countries. If you can’t book an IELTS test we may consider other English language qualifications. Please submit evidence of English language with your application and the departmental teams will review this and seek advice from Admissions & Compliance.

I have an IELTS test booked, will it go ahead?

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 testing has been suspended in many areas. Please check the IELTS website for further information.

Will the University accept online English Language tests?

With many English language test centres around the world closed, we appreciate that many applicants will be researching the online options available to them.

Please visit our English language requirements web pages for more advice and guidance on this.