Postgraduate study made clearer

Thinking about postgraduate study but got a few questions? Here are the answers to the top 5 postgraduate related questions the information team are getting asked about at the moment.Choices

How do I apply?

For the majority of  postgraduate course you submit you application directly to the universities you are interested in attending.   You will usually be asked to complete an application form including a personal statement.

When do I need to apply by?

If you are interested in Dentistry, Medicine, Law or teacher training there are set deadlines for applications. See the GTTR, Law Central Application Board and UCAS for the relevant deadlines.

However for the majority of courses there is no official deadline. Applications will be accepted until all places are full.  As with job vacancies we would recommend that you get you applications in as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment as many popular courses do fill up quickly.

If you are applying for a funded place you will need to get your application in as early as possible to give yourself the best chance. Check with individual institutions for more information and for deadlines.

Where can I find funding?

Postgraduate study can be very expensive and the majority of people will look for help with financing their studies.

If you are thinking of studying for Masters finding funding may be tricky. However some universities may offer sponsorship. Contact the admissions tutors to discuss this and any other possible help the university may be able to provide.

If you are considering studying for a PhD more funding opportunities exist. Funding can be gained through studentships offered by individual institutions as well as relevant research councils.

For more information on funding a postgraduate qualification either at Masters or PhD level see our guide ‘Postgraduate study and funding UK and Overseas’.  Also search for opportunities using Careerslink and Prospects postgraduate funding database.

What if I want to study abroad?

The idea of studying abroad appeals many people and opportunities exist around the world to do this.  The most popular destinations  include European destinations and the USA.

Start you research with these useful resources:

Is it right for me?

This is the most important question of them all. To help you make the decision consider these questions carefully:

  • Is the course required for the profession or career you are interested in e.g. teaching, librarianship or allied medical professions?
  • Do employers value the course, is it mentioned as desirable is job descriptions?
  • Are you interested in a career in academia? If so a PhD is likely to be required.
  • Can you realistically afford it?

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