Unlike undergraduate applications, you will most likely submit your Masters applications directly to colleges. UCAS Postgraduate, on the other hand, manages applications for a restricted number of UK universities and colleges. Check which universities accept UCAS Postgraduate applications.
Many colleges and universities have their own online application systems. You are not required to finish your application in one sitting; instead, you can create an account and store your work. Alternatively, you can apply by mail by downloading an application pack or requesting one over the phone.
Each university establishes its own application processing timelines. It takes anywhere from two weeks to two months to find out if you’ve been accepted.
It’s worth noting that applying for teacher training has its own set of dates and prerequisites.
‘Students need to submit a personal statement as part of their application. This should explain their motivations for studying the specific programme, any relevant skills and experience they have (either through previous studies or employment), as well as their future career aspirations. Alongside this, they will need to submit references and academic transcripts/degree certificates,’ explains Sarah.
You may also need to include:
- your CV
- a portfolio, if required for creative courses
- a research proposal, if required.
If you’re an international student, you’ll also need to provide:
- a copy of your passport
- proof of your language proficiency, if you’re not a native speaker. You can do this by presenting an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) certificate or a GCSE in English.