Are you thinking about applying for a Masters programme in the UK? Here are seven steps from current Masters by Research student Aleeha, to guide you through the application process.
You can do this based on your career aspirations and choosing a Masters that aligns to the field you want to work in. You could also choose to deepen your knowledge on a subject that interests you.
The best way to start, is to do your research which leads onto step two.
Make sure you research everything that will affect your life in the UK, from the subject you want to study, to the university, the campus, its location, and also university rankings. I would also recommend looking at subject rankings as university and subject rankings often differ.
So you have decided what you want to study so you will now inevitably end up on university websites. The next step is to look at course structures, deadlines and eligibility criteria. Pay particular attention to application deadlines to make sure you apply in time.
If you are an international student, you are also going to need to look at English Language requirements as you may need to sit an English Language test or supply results to meet the requirements outlined on the website.
You need to take into account your tuition cost as well as accommodation and living costs whilst you’re in the UK.
You can also look at scholarship options, as many universities have their own internal scholarships as well as government scholarship available. You can also look at your own countries higher education bodies as they may also have postgraduate loan schemes available to you.
To complete your application you will need to start gathering some materials, which might seem daunting as it looks like a lot of materials are needed, but it is actually very straightforward when you break it down, you will need:
If your application is successful, you will receive your offer from the university and you will need to pay your tuition fee deposit within the deadline. Once you have paid your deposit this is confirmation that you have accepted your place.
If you are an international student, this is also when your CAS statement (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued and you will be ready to apply for a visa.
There are lots of options for accommodation as well. University campuses always have accommodation available and usually for international students accommodation is guaranteed for your first year.
You can also look at private accommodation, there are lots of websites that list accommodation which makes it very easy to search.
That’s it, when you have followed the above you are all set, good luck with your application. My advice is don’t be daunted by how long the application might seem it’s very easy and simple.
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