There is no central admission system for most postgraduate courses in the UK except for teaching, law, nursing and midwifery, and social work.
While some courses have deadlines, for example graduate medical programmes, others will close once all the places are filled. Popular courses can be full as early as the Christmas prior to starting. For other courses places may still be available right up until they start.
All universities produce prospectuses and often have open days. Always visit the campus and talk to staff and students before accepting an offer.
You need to think about funding before you have secured a place as some forms of funding may require you to apply before the course application deadline.
Do some research on postgraduate funding
Read our Preparing and writing a personal statement for further study leaflet
Read our Preparing and writing a personal statement for teaching
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Making an application for a postgraduate course is very similar to applying for a job. You need to convince the admissions tutor you have:
Many employers use standard application forms,which often do not cater for the variety of qualifications that international students apply with.
You can get a statement about how your qualifications compare to UK equivalents from UK NARIC (the UK’s National Recognition Information Centre)
Go to UK NARIC
For some courses you will need to take a selection test.
For some PhD programmes, you will need to submit a research proposal with your application. For advice on the content of your research proposal and the messages you should aim to get across, use the following resources:
Postgraduate StudyHow to write a research proposal
Books are available for reference only in our office:
Using English for Academic PurposesAdvice on writing a research proposal
DfE application form assistant toolIf you are applying for PGCE
ProspectsWhat to include in your applications
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