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?
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:
- Prospects have a range of country profiles with information on studying in specific countries.
- Our country pages will also give you advice on studying in specific locations
- For information on studying in European countries see these useful AGCAS country profiles
- For information about study in the USA see our country page, Prospects profile and the Fulbright Commission website who can offer funding and support to students who need to get a study visa.
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?