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Postgraduate study: Making an application

Most postgraduate courses require you to apply directly to the University and usually you will need to complete an online application with a supporting statement. 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.

You do not need to wait until you have completed your undergraduate degree to be able to apply for a postgraduate degree. If you are in the final year of an undergraduate degree, you can apply for a postgraduate course before you have your final degree classification. You will be able to submit your application without uploading a degree certificate at this stage. Any offers you do receive will be subject to you achieving the required undergraduate degree classification stated in the entry criteria for the relevant course and providing a copy of your degree certificate prior to starting the course.

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. 

Often, the most popular courses will close their applications earlier. 

PGCE and Postgraduate 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.

Middle section

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.

More information

Information on our Making Applications section will also be useful in terms of understanding how you identify your skills, write effective examples and are persuasive in your application.