There are many universities in the UK offering research and taught postgraduate courses. Through our databases, links to online resources and face-to-face advice, we can introduce you to what's on offer and help you through the application process.
Why study in the UK?
The UK offers thousands of taught and research postgraduate courses that are respected and recognised throughout the world. UK research has an exceptional reputation; despite the country's size, it contributes almost a tenth of the world’s research output. Whatever your subject, you will be able to further your academic qualifications in an environment that attracts some of the best intellects to study at some of the best institutions in the world.
It is usual to study the same subject as your first degree, or a related subject, but you do not have to. There are also conversion Masters, which are designed to help you to move into a new subject area (such as computer science, information studies, teaching and law).
What subjects/courses are on offer?
There are four types of taught postgraduate qualifications available:Master’s degrees (such as Master of Arts, Master of Science and various specialisms, including Master of Laws and Master of Education).
The most prestigious research degree is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), the highest academic award available. You can also study for a Master's Degree in Philosophy (MPhil), the Arts (MA) or Science (MSc). Although these are taught courses, they also require some research and/or academic independence.
What are the entrance requirements?
Entrance requirements are usually equivalent to a UK first degree in a relevant subject and a test of proficiency in English language (usually an IELTS grade 6, a TOEFL score of 550, or equivalent). You will need to contact your chosen university for specific requirements.
Prospective research students should be preparing to research into a relevant programme. You can find out what programmes are acceptable at our EducationUK website or on Postgrad and Prospects (online directories of postgraduate opportunities). The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) also offers good information and inspiration through a ranking system of research subject for each institution.
Even if you have already checked the website and prospectus of your preferred university, it is a good idea to contact the relevant department for further details of their research activities before making an application.
How do you apply?
Once you have decided at which universities you would like to study, check with the departments to see if there is a closing date for your application.
You need to request an application form from your chosen university (there is no standard form available). You should also apply at least twelve months before the proposed start date (usually October), especially if you are also applying for a scholarship.
While your application is being processed, you can prepare your research proposal. This should be a short summary (usually two pages), based on research in your field.
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