How to apply for a postgraduate degree

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Postgraduate study normally refers to a master’s or PhD degree, and some universities also offer Postgraduate Diploma programmes. In order to apply for a postgraduate degree, you usually need to apply directly to the university, via the university’s own website, or via a system called UKPASS.

Before you start your application, there are several things you need to consider:

What is the difference between a postgraduate diploma, master and doctorate (PhD)?

These three postgraduate classifications relate to different levels of a postgraduate qualification.

A postgraduate diploma is a popular option for students who do not have the time or finances to embark on a full-time masters course. A student might also take a diploma qualification if the results achieved in the bachelor degree do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters course.

Typically, a Masters qualification is a one-year course in a subject area you want to specialise in. You will be required to have a bachelor degree before applying for a masters course.

A PhD course is a research intensive doctorate which sees students spend 3 to 4 years researching a particular topic. Upon successful completion, you will hold the title of Doctor in your chosen field. You will normally need to complete a bachelor and master degree before applying for a PhD and the university must have a suitable supervisor to oversee your thesis.

Am I eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree?

To be eligible for a postgraduate degree, you must first complete your bachelor studies. Each university has different entry requirements so you should contact your preferred universities before submitting an application to ensure you meet all the academic and English language requirements.

How do I apply?

To apply for a postgraduate degree, you first have to search for the course you want to study and decide which universities you want to apply to. You will then apply to each university separately. All London universities have online application systems. This means you complete all your details online and scan and upload any relevant documents such as a copy of your passport and degree certificates.

For PhD programmes, applicants are usually expected to identify a suitable supervisor at the university first.

When do I apply?

Some of the most popular courses have application deadlines which are set by each university individually. It is therefore important to check this early. There are, however, many postgraduate courses that do not have strict application deadlines.

To start your postgraduate application now, use our course search to find which university offers your desired course.

You can also look at the London university profiles for more information on each university.

 

Updated January 2016

163 comments on “How to apply for a postgraduate degree

  1. mohsen says:

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  2. mohsen says:

    A diploma is a popular option for students who do not have the time or finances to embark on a full-time Masters course. A student might also take a diploma qualification if the results achieved in the bachelor degree do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters course.

  3. ismail says:

    i need post graduate level

  4. am in west Africa and am a staff at the University of the Gambia and ECO of suna am looking for admission in your university for masters in Computer Science

  5. florence sumwiza says:

    I called florence sumwiza and i want to apply for scholarship in master’s in public health, how can I get application form?
    thank you
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  6. matthew ayamba adam says:

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  7. Sowrov Ahmed says:

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  8. Sadia says:

    Hi,
    This I Sadia here I want to get admission in masters programs.Would you like to tell me from where I can get full Information about masters programes as well universities requirements.
    Thank you,
    Sadia

  9. nwachukwu constance says:

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  10. Mohammad jawad says:

    hello and wish you fine I from Afghanistan me and like me a lot of friends are interest to do there higher education in such a grate country like UK but really they dont know from where they can start

  11. Mark says:

    I want to further my honours studies in the uk-whick universities to apply to?

  12. Takia Akter says:

    I am Takia from Bangladesh. I want to get admission with Finance subject in London University. How can i apply for MBA???please tell me???

  13. veronicah says:

    hi,i want to further my studies i have an undergraduate degree in microbiology as well as accounting courses referred to as Certified public accounts to section four.i.e CPA 4.am i qualified to do a masters in accounting or do i just qualify for a masters in science related courses?.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, I would recommend you contact two or three of the universities you would like to study accountancy at to ask if they would consider you for a masters degree in accounting. You can use the course search to see which universities offer the course you are interested in.

  14. I wish to go to London to achieve my postgraduate.I have completed my undergraduate in Food and Nutrition Engineering.. Now i wish to go to London to achieve Master of science in Food and Nutrition Engineering… Now my question to you,will i able to go London to achieve my postgraduate.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you can use the course search to find out which courses in your field of interest are available in London. If you have further questions about a particular course, simply click on the ‘contact’ button next to the course description to send a message to the university.

  15. Ibrahim sajeeb says:

    I m from Bangladesh. I have compeleted BBA in finace. How can I apply in MBA any university of london.

  16. Babalola Tofunmi Matthew says:

    I studied Economics Education at the University of Obafemi Awolowo University iIle-Ife Nigeria.I need a school that offers full time scholarship for my M.Sc in Economics Education.Pls hw do I get it?

  17. Ayanleke Bolanle Nike says:

    I graduated from LAUTECH in Nigeria,i studied pure and applied physics,i need a school that offers a full time scholarship for my M.TECH in electronics and communication physics.

  18. ESKEDAR KASSAYE says:

    i couldnot find the registration format to proceed my post graduate study.

  19. Haftu Weldeslassie Weres says:

    I have a dream to study in London but is there a chance for chemical engineering students?

  20. koeches says:

    do you offer scholarship in masters

  21. koeches says:

    do your offer scholarship for those who are best in sport

  22. redai weldegebriel says:

    i am redai,from ethiopia and i have BSc in plant science now i am workink in ethiopian agricultural research institution as assistance researcher(agronomist) and i would like to get MSC by any related course especialy related to research.would you help me?

  23. suresh says:

    Hi i need to do phd in London can any one give the reply to me wht xam i should take part to get admission in London

    • Study London says:

      Hi Suresh, please use the course search to find out which universities offer courses in your field of study. Once you have identified suitable universities, you should go to the university websites and read about the research areas on offer. If this matches your research interest, you should submit an application via the university’s online application system.

  24. rev.sooriyawewe shanthawansa says:

    i want to apply for postgraduate degree for buddhist studies .how can i do it?

  25. lakshmi says:

    hi I am from Nepal. I have completed my 3 years bachelor degree in management. now I am planning to study further there in UK. I have not so excellent percentage in my academics. so does it effect me to go UK universities? I have 2years gap also. please kindly reply what should I do to gateway for study at there in UK.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, different universities have different entry requirements. I would suggest you use the course search to see which universities offer the course you are interested in. You can then contact these universities to find out the entry requirements for students from Nepal before you apply.

  26. ngosa whiteson says:

    i am in need of a scholarship to do my postgraduate programme

  27. Arefin says:

    Hi, I have completed my greduation in economics. Now i would like to pursure my masters degree from UK. My ielts bandscore is 5. How can i apply for any Postgraduate Diploma programmes?

  28. Mushtaq Hussain says:

    Hii dear I want to take the admission in Master of Technology In electrical engineering… And I need a university where I can work partime maximum in comparison to other universities in UK

  29. Md. Rakibul Hasan Rakib says:

    I want to admission for postgraduate program.

  30. muhammed says:

    dear @study london! I am happy to hear this from you & I thank u once again… my question how can I get a post graduate scholarship on GIS and GOMATICS having my bsc degree in LANDADMINISTRATION!

  31. sonia says:

    hi its me sonia.ive done Msc in mass communication.i m in need to get my further study from London university guide me.thanx

  32. wasim shaikh says:

    I want to do my masters in cyber security. ..which university has best programs ???…..which exams I need to give for admission. ???

  33. Sahr furman fomba says:

    Sahr furman fomba is my name.I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in laws from the university of sierra leone,I wanted to do a postgraduate course in UK. Most preferably in Governance and leadership.

  34. birhanu says:

    i have tried a lot scholarship opportunity but the procedure is full of ups and downs that means there is odd information just like zip code can give brief information especialy for ethiopia

  35. Cliff Tapi says:

    Hie, am abt to finish my undergrad degree in local governance studies and was wondering if its possible to do an undergrad law degree after am done

    • Study London says:

      Hello, are you doing your current undergraduate degree in the UK? Are you on a Tier 4 visa? If so, you will not be able to take another undergraduate degree in the UK as you can only study at degree level for 5 years on a Tier 4 visa. If you are doing your current undergraduate degree outside of the UK, then yes, you can simply apply for a law degree in the UK.

      The alternative would be to do a law conversion course instead (e.g. the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University London). This is a one year course for non-law graduates which then enables you to train as a solicitor or barrister.

      • cliff tapi says:

        Thank you,,,,one other question,,,,do u give out scholarships for international students for this program and also does a social science degree make you suitably qualified to do the law conversion course

  36. Ani says:

    Can I still apply to postgraduate taught programs in Electrical Engineering for the september intake?I am an international student

    • Study London says:

      Hi Ani, yes universities are still accepting applications for postgraduate studies. However, you should submit your applications as soon as possible as you will also need time to apply for your visa.

  37. kapkwelech caiphas says:

    thank you for service i need a master scholarship of any university in london so please where do i start from.

  38. Mohammad says:

    Hi,
    I’m from Iran and intend to study English Teaching in England.I am going to finish my BA in one of the well_known and public Iranian universities. Is it possible for me to apply for English Teaching in England? If yes how?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Mohammad, I believe the course you are looking for is ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’, known as TESOL. You can find a list of TESOL courses available in London here

      If you wish to apply to any of these, take a look at the Application Advice

  39. cheru abeya says:

    Hi Ani, yes universities are still accepting applications for postgraduate studies. However, you should submit your applications as soon as possible as you will also need time to apply for your visa.

  40. Yohannes says:

    I not live in UK so how to apply

  41. Yusuf Gambo Lukman says:

    I am a staff of Niger State Polytechnic Zungeru, Niger State, Nigeria, with the intent to apply for Msc in real estate related course. I am waiting to collect my PGD in estate management and valuation from federal university of technology Minna. Please i will need your advice on the best university to apply to and when to apply bcos i will be ready to enrolled around October, but my result will be ready latest by September. Thanks, yours faithfully

    • Study London says:

      Hello Yusuf, if you receive your results in September/October you will not be able to apply for the September 2015 intake as this will be too late to apply for the course and your student visa. You could take a look at the universities in London which offer courses starting in January. Alternatively, you can apply for entry in September 2016 instead.

  42. ermias burunje says:

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    university in UK offering Masters in public health nutrition
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    • Study London says:

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      You can contact the universities directly should you have any specific questions about the courses.

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  46. Aluko Daniel says:

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  48. Pamela says:

    Hi. I’m Pamela, a Bsc graduate of physiology in Nigeria. I want to know exactly what the admission application page looks like when applying for admission. I recently sent my details to some schools in London but without my credentials because i didn’t see that option on the page. I don’t know for sure if i really did apply or not. Can you help me out?

    • Study London says:

      Hi Pamela, in order to apply to a university you need to go the university’s own website and submit the official application form. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an automatic email confirming your application. It will then take between 1 – 8 weeks for the university to make a decision. Which universities are you interested in? If you have problems finding the application forms, let us know.

  49. toye emmanuel says:

    please i want yo know perhaps i can use a cert in bsc(hons) mathematics(second class lower) to pursue a master in computer science. thanks

  50. Muslih says:

    So I am zanzibarian (Tanzania)indeed to continuing in my study so what can I do

  51. Atinkut says:

    I am Atinkut from Ethiopia and i want to apply for
    scholarship in master’s in clinical optometry , how can I
    get application form?
    Thank you
    Atinkut

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  53. Vedaste NZARAMBA says:

    I am Vedaste NZARAMBA from Rwanda .I want to study Master degree in Economics .How can i proceed the application form entry .thx

  54. manette achusi says:

    Hi I am manette achusi from Philippines. I am a graduate of BS computer engineering and I would like to apply for a masteral degree in London. Is it possible for me to be accepted in any university that offers the said course? Thank you so much

    • Study London says:

      Hello, please use the course search to find a suitable course in your field of study. Once you have identified which courses you would like to apply to, you need to go to the universities’ websites and complete the relevant online application form. Good luck!

  55. Inegbe Innocent says:

    I want to apply to your University to study Sociology of Development at the Postgraduate level. I had my first degree in Adult Education, Master’s in Industrial Education and another master in Industrial Sociology. I need you to guide me. Thanks

    • Study London says:

      Hello, you can use the course search to see which universities offer the course you are interested in. You can then submit your application directly to these universities (usually via an online application form on the university website).

  56. Masum Bellah says:

    Hellow, This is Masum from Bangladesh. I am working at James P Grant School of Public Health,BRAC University as Human Resource Officer for 3.6 years. i have completed masters in theology from bangladeshi university. I am very much intented to apply for human resource managment in public health context or mother and child healt. Please I will need your advice on the best university to apply to and when to apply bcos i will be ready to enrolled around 2016.Thanks, yours faithfully

    • Study London says:

      Hello Masum, thanks for your message. You can use the course search to see which universities in London offer the course you are interested in. You can then look into these universities in more detail.

      You can apply to as many universities as you like. You will need to apply to each university directly, usually via an online application form. Universities are now accepting applications for next September so you can start preparing your application. Read the postgraduate application guide for more information.

  57. Nguni james says:

    Hi,I graduated i n 2002 with bacholars degree in education. i wanted to pursue an M.A.in early child development. How can I apply?

  58. Haningtone Munyanya Angalwa says:

    Am Haningtone Munyanya from Kenya. I needed to apply a masters in Applied Statistics by the year 2018 after my studies in the university . Am I able to apply now?

  59. Erkiyihun says:

    Greetings! My name is Erkiyihun Ashenef and I graduated from Bahir Dar University with Pedagogical Science Composite English . I need further study in MSc on the course of Teaching English as a Foriegn Language/TEFL/ OR Social Work/Peace&Conflict study/ in your University.

  60. Tariku Legesse says:

    Hello! my name is Tariku Legesse from Ethiopia.I have Ba in HRML. I want to learn Ms by management.plz how can u help me?

  61. Geletu Bedaso says:

    I have Back in public Adminstration.want to learn Ms by managment

  62. Leo Pius Bassey says:

    Please I want to apply for an admission for post graduate degree in London university. The course is Clinical Psychology and Education /Administration

  63. Leo Pius Bassey says:

    Please is the application form online.pls which website will I log in

  64. miss Gani says:

    please,which website will I use in applying?

    • Study London says:

      Hello, if you are looking to apply for a postgraduate degree you need to apply directly to the university you want to study at. Go to the university’s website and look for the online application form.

      If you want to apply for an undergraduate degree, you normally need to apply through UCAS (the centralised application system in the UK).

  65. Valentine Jepleting says:

    I am interested in the commonwealth scholarships How do I apply for masters programme in the UK for Education course?

  66. ELUJIDE DEBORAH says:

    Sir/ma please i would like to study in any UK university for my postgraduate education in Aquaculture and fisheries management.Please kinddly help me out.

    • Study London says:

      Hello, we can only advise on courses offered at universities in London. Unfortunately, none of our universities offer the course you are interested in. Please try a different website which lists courses for all UK universities

  67. Mbonigaba Christian says:

    My name is MBONIGABA Christian, I am from Rwanda, I am looking for admission so that I can apply for this type of post graduate scholarship in Agricultural economics. I have a bachelor degree in Agricultural econamics and Agribusiness from the University of Rwanda. I thank you for the chance granted to me.

  68. kide tesfamariam tsehayou says:

    interested in any universities and health & related feild

  69. akhere Stanley osemudiamen says:

    How can I apply for master degree, course, purchasing and supply chain management

  70. BILL FRANCIS says:

    My name is BILL FRANCIS and l want admission into your school to study degree in nursing.l have diploma in nursing.thank you

  71. Nabeela Yasmeen says:

    I want to get Admission in your school. I have done bachelor in Economics.

  72. Elizabeth says:

    Hi. Am a Kenyan graduate with a Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management. I would like to study my masters in the UK. How can I obtain a scholarship?

  73. Tesfaye says:

    I am Tesfaye and from Ethiopia, graduated in B.SC. OF hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering and currently seeking for Masters program Study at London. University

  74. gashaw dessie says:

    I have adream to take masters degree with medical Biochemistry by pertime. what you advise me?

  75. michaels says:

    hello lovely people, please am from Ghana and have an undergraduate degree in nursing precisely ST. KAROL SCHOOL NURSING . please my question is can i offer my masters in medicine to be a doctor or will still have to stick to nursing in any London university? Thank you

  76. william says:

    Hi !!!!!!! I would like to do a PHD in Algebra-Mathematic in london. I have a sponsor . I just need to accepted

  77. len says:

    Hello am lense. I have BSc in civil engineering and I wish to study my second degree in London in any civil engineering related field. so would you be kind and let me know where I get the list of universities that are helpful to me? thank you!

  78. Misbah Iqbal says:

    Hii,, i am interested in PHD research scholarships in the field of artificial intelligence. kindly give me the direction about how to apply for it and how can i get this scholarship

  79. Rameto Nura says:

    Iam Rameto from Ethiopia .I have B.sc degree in Horticulture from Ambo University, Ethiopia on June, 23,2012
    I wish to go to London to continue my education to upgrade my educational level and develop my countries .
    Now question to you ,Will viable to go to London to achieve my postgraduate .

  80. Zemene Melkamu says:

    am agraduate of civil engineering from debre berhan university , ethiopia .now I want to attend my MSc degree by structural engineering in one of london universities.how can I apply

  81. Samuel Opio says:

    I am a Ugandan with a Diploma in Accounting and Bachelors in Accounting. I intend to join Masters in Accounting too. Which University can you advice me to apply in London to achieve this?

  82. Gahutu ephrem says:

    I am Ephrem, i have bachelor’s degree in agriculture and i want scholarship in uk for MBA in agriculture economics, how can found?

  83. anderson says:

    hi….am aninternational student holding a diploma in coaching science,is it possible that i can apply for bachelors degree there.

  84. Abdulazeez Abubakar says:

    Seriously seeking for postgraduate admission

  85. abera says:

    Hello, how can i apply for masters program at university of London please?

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