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How to Apply for a Masters Degree in the UK

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Studying a master’s degree at a UK university is a fantastic opportunity, both for your academic and personal life. Not only will you have a huge choice of world-renowned institutions at which to study, but you’ll be able to immerse yourself in Britain’s rich culture while doing so. Unfortunately, applying to any master’s degree takes time and effort, and it’s all too easy to procrastinate until it’s too late. To help take away some of the stress and confusion, we’ve written a guide on how to apply to your chosen course while making sure you meet key university application dates and deadlines.

1.  Check that places are available and applications being accepted

So, you’ve done your research and found the course of your dreams at a UK university.  Great job! First, make sure you check that spaces are still available on the course, and that applications are still open. If you’re an international student, bear in mind that deadlines for application are typically earlier than for UK/EU/EEA (European Economic Area) students. Most courses start in September, though some UK universities offer multiple start dates.

2.  Start your university application as soon as possible

If your chosen course is still accepting applications, then great! It’s tempting to wait before making your university application; even if the entry requirements are not high, there’s normally a lot of dull-as-dishwater paperwork to do... However, the sooner you begin working on your application the better. Not only does it give you more time to write an application that will impress, but you’ll be more likely to be ready to send in your university application before spaces run out! While many courses don’t ‘fill up’ before the deadline, some do consider each application as soon as it arrives.  The sooner yours joins the pile, the better.

Remember: postgraduate study in the UK is very different to undergraduate study in the UK. Whereas undergraduate applications are all processed together through UCAS, there is no centralized university application system for master’s degrees. This means you’ll have to apply to each university separately.

3.  Include all the supporting documents requested

You’ll almost certainly need to include a cover letter and CV/résumé. In addition, evidence of personal, professional and educational experience may be taken into account. At master’s degree level, each UK university application differs, but the requirements should be clearly stated on the department website.

4.  Check deadlines for funding and scholarship applications

Each university will also have its own funding deadlines, and this is where you may need to plan furthest ahead. You may be required to secure a form of funding before you can be offered a place at university.

5.  Write key deadlines in your calendar

Here’s a handy crib-sheet for the key dates and deadlines you need to make sure you’ve written in your calendar. Missing one of these can turn a promising university application into a whole mess of trouble, so keep a close eye on these!

  • Deadline for submitting application form and supporting documents – make sure you have the paperwork you need well in advance.
  • Deadline for responding to your offer – what could be worse than getting an offer, then missing out due to getting back to the university too late?
  • Deadline for paying your deposit – make sure you’re able to put through this initial payment.
  • Deadline for paying for your accommodation – starting a master’s degree is a lot more fun if you’re not homeless!
  • The start of Freshers’ Week! – OK, maybe master’s students can’t really call themselves “freshers”, but a party is a party, right?

Want to smoothen the path?

The master’s degrees listed at QSCourses.com cover a huge range of specializations, costs and learning styles. If you request information through the site, you’ll be put in contact with a member of our Student Support Team. They’ll help you build up your ‘student profile’, answer your questions on the application process, and may be able to put you in direct contact with UK university admission offices.

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