Before applying for further study ask yourself:
- Is it right for me?
- Are further qualifications necessary for my chosen career?
- Do I love my subject and want to study it in more depth?
- Will postgraduate study help me to progress my career in the right direction?
- Is it that I just can’t think of anything else to do?
To help you answer these questions access our Postgraduate Study Moodle. The enrolment key is 'postgraduate'.
Do you know what postgraduate study options are available? There are several "course types" on offer including:
- Postgraduate certificates
- Postgraduate diplomas
- Masters degrees
Some are taught courses and some are research based. Taught courses may be made up of assessed modules, written exams and a final year dissertation. Research degrees such as a PhD are assessed via submission of a final thesis and verbal exam (viva).
Some postgraduate courses lead to entry into a particular career e.g. teaching while others could be a stepping stone to a career in academia.
Keep your career aims in mind when researching different courses so that you can make the right choice for your future:
- Find an explanation of different types of postgraduate courses
- Download an ebook from Jobs.ac.uk to find out more about research degrees and academic careers
Find out more from our Postgraduate Study Moodle. The enrolment key is 'postgraduate'.
A few postgraduate positions come with funding attached. These are called studentships – they can cover both fees and living expenses, but there tends to be a lot of competition.
Other sources of funding include grants and bursaries, but these can be extremely limited. There’s lots of competition for postgraduate funding, so our advice is to apply as early as possible.
The University has lots of postgraduate funding information for students from Scotland, the EU and beyond.
You can also find details of fees and funding for particular courses at the University of Glasgow.
In addition, The University has a license that allows you to access The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding.
Other funding sources:
- Direct.gov - funding for postgraduate study
- Postgraduate studentships
- Prospects - Funding my further study
- Targetcourses - charity and trust funding for postgraduate study
Funding postgraduate study abroad:
- Jobs.ac.uk - Funding postgraduate study abroad
Access our Postgraduate Study Moodle to find out more. The enrolment key is 'postgraduate'.
Finding the right course
When choosing a course you need to consider
- How you want to study: full-time, part-time, distance learning, taught course or by research?
- Where you want to study: Do you want to study in the same institution or do you want to experience university somewhere else?
- If the course is accredited or recognised by the industry body of the profession you want to enter
Find out about Postgraduate Study at University of Glasgow.
Postgraduate study elsewhere in the UK:
Studying abroad can be a life changing experience giving the opportunity to travel, learn about different cultures, meet new friends and enhance your CV.
- Braintrack - 6900 institutions in 189 countries
- Prospects: Studying abroad
- IDP Education: Study abroad – Find courses in the USA. Canada, Australia and New Zealand
A postgraduate course in another European country can offer considerable advantages, especially if you want to work in that country. The experience can also be very broadening and add additional skills, such as languages.
- Euraxess UK allows you to search for UK and international funding. Funded studentships and fellowships in the UK and overseas are also advertised.
- Ploteus contains information on studying in thirty countries.
- Europa Pages is useful for language courses in France, Spain and Germany and English courses in the UK and Ireland.
- Eurydice is an information network on education in Europe including database of all national education systems, with HE details.
Australia offers many advantages for further study including a University system which is similar to the UK, meaning that British degrees are readily understood by Australian institutions.
- Study in Australia is a website for advice on study in Australia. It has extensive information on types of courses available, study costs, scholarships, student visas.
- Studying in Australia has information on 10 of Australia's universities, including scholarships.
- Australian government provides advice on studying in Australia
- Fulbright promotes student exchange between the UK and the US and has lots of resources about study in the USA. The prestigious Fulbright Awards for Postgraduate Study in the US and lists of other specific awards for UK students, including the BEST Scholarships (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust).
- EducationUSA is the US government's portal for international students. It includes information on undergraduate and postgraduate study, short-term study and opportunities for scholars and funding.
- Online Graduate Programs provides information about online graduate education. Peterson's information to help you to choose colleges and courses, and includes the International Scholarship Search database for possible sources of finance.
You can also check the following sites, which have information on funding study in the USA:
Competition for postgraduate courses can be high and so it is important that your application stands out. You must show your motivation and commitment to further study and detail any relevant experience that adds value to your application.
Many courses don’t state specific closing dates but it is important to apply early to avoid disappointment particularly if you are also applying for funding.
Details of how and when to apply can be found on university websites.
Applying to University of Glasgow:
Applying to other universities:
- Prospects - Applying for postgrad study
- Targetcourses - How to write a winning application for your postgraduate course
- UCAS - finding out more about applying for postgraduate courses
Who can do postgraduate study?
Graduates with a 2.1 or better are usually eligible to apply for further study. However, you may still be accepted with a 2.2 if you have obtained good results in modules that are relevant to the postgraduate course. If you are in any doubt speak to the relevant department or the Graduate School at the university in which you are interested.
Some postgraduate courses require a degree in a related subject while others are conversion courses that are open to graduates from different disciplines. Some conversion courses such as a postgraduatecourse in Social Work will require relevant work experience in addition to a degree.
When to apply
Deadlines for postgraduate study can vary and each institution will have their own postgraduate admissions procedures.
Apply early as entry can be competitive and there may be an early deadline for applying for funding. We recommend starting the application process at least 9 months in advance. If you want to study in another country you may need 18 months for the application process.
Some course applications are handled by central bodies including UCAS: teacher training, law conversions and graduate entry to medicine. Ensure you are aware of the procedure for your area of interest.
How to apply
Applications are usually made online via the website of the institution to which you are applying. You will find clear instructions on how to apply and details of any supporting documentation that you are required to send e.g. CV, covering letter, personal statement, research proposal (for some research degrees), transcripts and evidence of funding.
Leave enough time to obtain and prepare these documents. Registry can provide you with your transcript. When preparing your application and supporting documents, follow any instructions carefully and be sure to address the entry requirements. These might include academic achievement, subject specific knowledge and (particularly for vocational courses) relevant skills and experience.
Be aware that you may need to take an admissions test for some postgraduate courses for example Business courses may require the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).
We recommend that you find out about career paths other postgraduate students have followed to raise your awareness of the labour market and identify possible options for you:
Before making a final decision it’s a good idea to talk over your plans with someone who can help you to clarify your ideas, such as your Director of Studies, course tutor, dissertation supervisor or other members of your school.
You can also consult one of our Careers Managers for guidance on career options after further study.