Where to Study
It is very important to choose the right place to study, especially if you need funding. Take the time to research various courses or research opportunities.
Tip 1- Do your research
Speak with the Course Director or a member of staff that can give you specific information on content, employment prospects, accomodation.
Tip 2- Organise your finances
Approach your financial planning seriously and seek advice where appropriate.
Tip 3- Visit the University and local area
If you are travelling to an unfamiliar area to study then organise to visit the city/town and campus.
Tip 4- Consider experience too
Don't just rely on the further qualification to secure the job you want. Research the local area to see what employers could offer opportunities for experience.
To fund your fees and living expenses it is likely that you will use a variety of sources including part time work, savings, a loan, a bursary from a trust/charity or local government.
How to Apply
- The ideal time to apply is before or soon after the Christmas period in your final year, however you can also make an
application later in the year.
- For most courses there are no official closing dates, however there are exceptions such as teacher training, law and medicine.
- Application processes can vary, so check details carefully, you will likely be asked to write a personal statement to
support your application.
Writing a Personal Statement
You may be asked to write a personal statement to support your application for postgraduate study, generally no more than one A4 page in length.
You may be given a particular topics to cover and supporting guidance notes, while others will be more general such as; “please use this space to support your application”
Tip 1- Read the question
Focus on the question in the application form before you start writing your personal statement and continually refer back to it when redrafting.
Tip 2- Start with key points
Personal statements are restricted in terms of length so start with bullet points and then develop your statement into a cohesive statement.
Tip 3- Get advice
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