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Applying for postgraduate study

Postgraduate study applications will be different for most institutions; many universities require you apply directly to them.

Application sections

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 MetHub. Ideal for students and graduates who cannot get to an appointment in person. We aim to respond within three working days.