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UCAS Postgraduate Course Entry Requirements

Generally, the minimum entry requirements for a postgraduate course in the UK are a good Bachelor's degree. You need to have at least a lower second class, though normally an upper second class or a first.

As well as a first degree from a UK higher education institution, a qualification from another country of the same level and standard will also be accepted, providing your marks are high enough.

If you are applying from a non-English speaking country, you will also be expected to possess an acceptable standard of English. Each UK university has it's own minimum standards, so check their website for more information before making your application.

Before you start researching what type of postgraduate course you think you might want to do, you should be clear about your reasons for continuing study after your undergraduate degree.

If you have specific goals and a particular career in mind that you would like to follow, this will make choosing a course and a university to study at a lot easier.

Don't use it as a way of deferring your decision on what career to go for, as this just wastes time and only makes you put off deciding until later on.

You will find that applying for a taught Masters course will give you an experience very similar to studying your undergraduate degree, as they involve taking a series of 'taught' modules that will then be assessed.

Postgraduate courses may also contain a research project, practical project, dissertation or a work placement.

If studied full-time, they can usually last from a third of a year to a whole year, but may last two or three years if studied part-time.

For all postgraduate courses, you will find that class sizes are smaller, people are more interested in the subject (as there is more of a filtering process) and assessment is less exam-based.

A good personal statement, references and research proposal are also needed for a successful postgraduate application.

If you're applying for postgraduate study in the U.S, find out more about the entry requirements in our Grad School Application Guide.