Most postgraduate courses require you to apply directly to the University. For some courses, such as postgraduate teacher training, you will need to use other systems. Always check how you need to apply. You can apply for more than one course at the same time.
Most teacher training applications are made via the GOV.uk website.
Usually, you will need to complete an online application form containing a supporting statement.
For research-based courses (MRes or PhD) you will also be expected to provide an outline of your research proposal. Discuss your ideas with your tutors, they will give you advice on your suitability, potential research topics and method and timing of your application. You will also need a strong academic reference.
When to apply
Some courses do not have official closing dates but close once they are full. Most people apply for postgraduate courses towards the end of Semester 1 or early Semester 2. Popular courses will close early. Teacher training applications usually open in October.
Take a look at our step by step video on how you can apply to a postgraduate degree at Edge Hill:
Writing a personal statement
Structuring your statement
Grab the reader’s attention with your opening paragraph by showing that you have a genuine interest and experience in your particular field. Be as specific as you can in relating what you know about the field, and use the language that professionals use to convey this information. Include any relevant projects or dissertations you have done, any prizes you have won and any relevant travel or employment. Show how this qualification will help you in your chosen career.
Why have you chosen this course? Does the course have a particular emphasis or speciality? How did your interest start and what have you learned about this field? How have you gained this insight such as via lectures, seminars, research, employment or conversations with academic staff? Why this university? Be specific by detailing what makes the course stand out for you such as the expertise or research areas of the academics, Are there specific academic staff you want to do research or study with? What is it about the structure of the course, and/or the choice of modules, that appeals to you?
Concluding your statement
Outline your skills. Demonstrate that you have the specific skills required to succeed in the course by researching the skills that are needed. Give specific examples of how you have developed these skills, such as if you need excellent research skills, you could outline how you used a range of sources and checked your results during your dissertation. Provide recent and relevant examples of the skills and commitment required. Close your statement by re-stating your interest and showing that you are keen to discuss your application with them.
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