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Top Tips When Applying For A Masters

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Top tips to ensure a successful application process. Learn how to choose the right course for you and how to write the perfect personal statement.

Find the perfect course for you

Applying for a masters is a bit different from applying for an undergraduate degree. With more options available to you, such as the type of master’s you want to study, the start date and the duration of your studies, it’s important that you do your research to make sure you pick the right course for you. For more information on our postgraduate courses, click here

Don’t wait too long to apply

Give yourself plenty of time to get everything you need in order before applying. Things to consider include:

Funding – how will you fund your master’s course? Look at our fees and funding page to find out your options.

Accommodation – you may wish to relocate to be near the university. Discover our accommodation options here.

Supporting documents – make sure you have all the documents necessary for your application.

Perfect your personal statement

A personal statement should be just that, personal. We want to know what interests you about the subject area, and whether you have a long-term career goal. Ultimately, we want to learn about you - your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements.

For more advice on personal statements, watch the video below!

Don’t just focus on academic experience

Other experiences are just as important as the academic stuff. Tutors want students who can demonstrate other qualities such as being hardworking and being able to work in a team. Share your experiences whether you’ve been a part of the campus life or have taken part in extra-curricular activities, this will help enhance your application too. Just make sure your experiences are relevant and add value. Examples of this can also include work and volunteering experience.

Get a reference suited to your studies

Most masters programmes require a reference. They should be a former university professor who can comment on your academic performance and your potential for postgraduate study. You should ask professors who know you well and preferably who taught you in courses related to your desired subject-area. Recommendation letters add another perspective of you and your qualities therefore you need to make sure you pick the right person and that they include everything that is required by your university.


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