Admission Procedure at Postgraduate level
The Postgraduate (PG) qualifications in the United Kingdom includes masters, MBAs, PhDs and doctorates etc. Each course has different admission requirements.
Whatever the postgraduate program you want to apply for, you will need to have a first or Bachelor's degree of a good standard. To be accepted on to a master's program you will normally need the equivalent of at least a lower second class honours degree, and for popular and competitive programs this will normally have to be at least an upper second class honours degree. If you desire a position in a Doctoral program, you will probably also need, or expect to hold, a master's degree of a decent standard in addition to a Bachelor’s degree at 2A level (Second class honours).
English Language Requirement
If English isn’t your first language, the university or college may require you to take an English language test or show your English language qualifications before you can enroll. Different universities require different tests and their scores. Mostly accepted English language tests are:
- IELTS (International English Language System) – normally a minimum overall grade of 6.5 or above in each element
- TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Langauge): Minimum score of 90.
For more details see Standardized Test
Application Procedure- Apply and Track
To apply and track progress using UKPASS online application system, register or log in at UKPASS. You can apply for ten programs at providers who use UKPASS. For other course providers you can apply directly at UKPASSCourse
The documents needed are as follows:
- Application form and fee: Completed and signed by you.
- Personal Statement: Should include reasons for applying to a particular course or university, indicate and explain about part or module of the course that appeals you more, work experience pertaining to the subject chosen, academic accomplishments, skills and what will you do after your postgraduate study. Inject your personality in it.
- Reference: A reference of two or three people, who know you academically and about your achievements, is needed to support your application. This needs to be somebody who can annotate on your accomplishments and intellectual ability and make a judgement about whether you will cope well with a Masters or Doctoral degree.
- Evidence of your qualification: Copies of your certificates or degree.
- Scores: TOEFL/IELTS scores (if any applicable). If your English language qualifications are not in Roman script then you will require to send a translation of your certificate with an official certificate indicating the translation is correct.
- Professional Experience: Some postgraduate degree course of studies such as medicine, education, social work or business, you will usually be expected to have between two and five years of experience in your profession before entering a Masters program.
- Research Proposal: For Doctoral course of study, you need to undertake a research project. A research proposal is simply an outline of what you intend to do for your research, and will include the subject, title, background, research methodology and analysis for the research. The research proposal should be of 1000-2000 words.
After submitting the application-online via UKPASS or offline through the individual university, you’ll receive an acknowledgement from the university when they receive your application. Some universities have interviews also for entry into postgraduate course. The advantage of an interview is that it affords you the chance to find out more about the course and the university, but likewise about the academic staff who you will be working with.
Postgraduate financial support for UK students falls into three categories: government, professionals and charities. Grants and awards are made available to students. They come from a miscellany of sources – from course providers to external organisations.