Postgraduate study applications will be different for most institutions; many universities require you apply directly to them.
Most postgraduate application forms will require you to submit the following:
- Application form - may have different sections depending on the university
- Personal statement
- Proof of your academic qualifications
- List of references (typically at least one academic reference)
- Research proposal - most common for research masters and PhD applications
- Portfolio - common in creative subjects
You can find more details about postgraduate study
applications on Prospects - Applying for a Masters degree and
TARGETjobs - Postgraduate course applications.
Creating your personal statement
Your personal statement will form a big part of your application to a postgraduate course. Use this basic structure to get started:
- Start with outlining why you want to study that particular course. Reasons could include a personal interest or career progression.
- Next explain why you are looking to go into further study and why you have chosen that university.
- Provide evidence of relevant study from your previous degree, or any work experience you have done that relates to the course.
- Evidence your key skills. Remember to keep them relevant to the skills you will require on the course. These can be found in the course details.
Prospects - Personal statements for postgraduate applications and
TARGETjobs - How to write a winning application for your postgraduate course provide further advice for writing your personal statement.
Further information and support
We are here to help if you get stuck or need a member of staff to provide some impartial feedback. Here's how you can get support from us:
1. Book an appointment with a member of staff. They can review your application and personal statement and make suggestions on how to improve it.
2. Ask a question on CareerHub. Ideal for students and graduates who cannot get to an appointment in person. We aim to respond within three working days.